Our elementary program consists of Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4-6). These 3-year programs focus on fostering independence, self confidence, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. We believe in painting the bigger picture and providing our students with the tools to explore those big ideas on a deeper level. We provide your children with the opportunity to take ownership of their learning by offering a variety of materials and lessons which relate directly to real-life experiences and practical application of these skills. Their love of learning grows as they explore many complex concepts and their interest and curiosities are nurtured.
Full-Day | 8:30am - 3:00pm
Before/Aftercare offered to all MNP Students.
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Lower Elementary: Grades 1, 2, and 3
Upper Elementary: Grades 4, 5, and 6
Honing the developmental stage
Honing each child's developmental stage is an essential part of our curriculum. Children learn to collaborate with one another through many group projects. Working together and cooperating help to build a strong sense of community and belonging, not only within the school but within our world. These connections combined with the skills acquired promote a sense of pride, accomplishment, and responsibility.
To ensure a well-rounded education, our curriculum puts great emphasis on nature, the outdoors, the sciences, and arts. We operate an outdoor classroom as weather permits, allowing for the study of composting, mushrooms, life cycles, yoga, and gardening, to name a few. With our Guides' stewardship, each child is enabled to pursue their full potential.
The Montessori Elementary curriculum contains the following areas of learning:
Within the Elementary program, the Practical Life curriculum expands from the foundation laid in Early Childhood. At this level, Practical Life shifts from a focus on self care and fine motor skills to skills that help students connect with their interests in the outside world, organize their time, and take part in their community.
While self care and appropriate social interactions continue to be supported, lessons that teach responsibility are the focus. Use of tools such as work plans to support organization and time management skills, are incorporated into the daily routine.
Teachers and students often work together to remind one another about assignments, projects, and ideas. Using these physical notes, children make independent work choices, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines.
EXAMPLE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM SCHEDULE
Drop off/arrival; journal writing
Plan day/work plans
Students following work plans. Quiet individual/small group work/lessons in Math, Language, Reading, Science, Cultural, Practical Life, Art, and Music. Children are welcome to have a snack at any point during this 3 hour work cycle. During nice weather, outdoor classroom is utilized during this time as well (nature walks, exploring, physical education).
Afternoon workcycle to include finishing any morning work that needs completing, some whole group lessons and community meetings
Afternoon jobs and packing up for the day
*Specials (group lessons in art, music, science, yoga, Peace Education, cultural studies, etc.) can occur during morning circle or morning/afternoon work cycles depending on the day.