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"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say,
'the children are now working as if I did not exist."
Maria Montessori

The Elementary Program
Ages 6 to 12 years (Grades 1 - 6)

Montessori's plan for the elementary child was to introduce all of the universe and human history to the children, to excite their curiosity and wonder, and to provide them with the materials and skills needed to explore their interests and participate in their community.  This plan, which she called "Cosmic Education", provides Great Stories and Key Lessons in each major area of study:  Art, Biology, Geography and Earth/Physical Science, Geometry, History, Language, Math and Music.  These stories capture the imagination and spark inquiry, and these lessons provide the skills necessary to accomplish rigorous learning.  Many areas of study are intertwined in multi-disciplinary, creative projects through which students demonstrate their learning.

Language is developed as students acquire vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing skills, and use to express themselves both academically and creatively. 

Math, Geometry & Algebra are learned in a multi-sensory way by manipulation of Montessori materials, group lessons and projects, and individual work. 

History is presented as human achievement across time, explored through timelines and research into diverse cultures. 

Sciences are introduced through impressionistic stories, followed by hands-on demonstrations of scientific principles and processes.  Students are encouraged to research areas of interest and design their own experiments and projects. 

Visual and Performing Arts are experienced though a study of the history of the arts and music theory, use of various media, instruments, and techniques, and use of artistic expression to complete and enhance presentations of student achievement in all areas.  Students also participate in school-wide performances on Harvest Day, at Holiday Caroling and at Graduation.

Community is formed as students take responsibility for classroom tasks, learn to discuss and manage conflicts, and work together on both academic and creative projects.  Cosmic education also emphasizes participation in the larger community outside the classroom, through service projects, student-led trips and explorations, and integration of community issues into academic studies.

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