Elementary Program

6-12 year olds

We have two multi-aged Elementary programs: Lower Elementary is for children 6 – 9 years of age (grades 1 – 3) and Upper Elementary is for children 9 – 12 years of age (grades 4 – 6). With some exceptions, all children enrolled in these programs have had previous Montessori experience.

One of the great beauties of Montessori education is the fact that our Guides are generalists. This is a rare benefit to promote in an era of increasing specialization – one with a number of perhaps surprising benefits. As generalists, they have the advantage of working with each child every day, over the course of several years, with the result that child and teacher develop a relationship of familiarity, trust, and respect.  The teacher knows what sorts of topics will spark interest, what strategies foster confidence, what words inspire extra effort and ways to provide reassurance for each particular child. A group culture of shared memories, jokes, stories, challenges, and celebrations is built hour by hour, day by day. Within this rich tapestry, community members teach and learn together, weaving math facts with science, writing with geography, reading with history, music with botany, and art with geometry. The interconnectedness of all inspiration and information is experienced within the classroom just as it is experienced in the wider world, one of Dr. Montessori’s sparks of genius. When students see their teacher model curiosity and perseverance in all areas of study, this in turn inspires them to be generalists too, recognizing that the wonders of the world are available to all. This open-minded approach will enrich their lives, even as each goes on to eventually develop particular aptitudes and interests according to their unique blueprint.

In addition to the rich Montessori curriculum, which includes Language Arts, Math, Geometry, Botany, Zoology, History, Geography/Science, MCMS also offers additional lessons each week in the areas of Art, Fitness & Wellness, Spanish and Singing.

*Art: 50 minutes each week in the Studio

*Fitness & Wellness: 50 minutes each week outdoors or in the Community Room

*Spanish: one small group lesson and one large group lesson each week within the classroom

*Singing: a 30-minute opportunity to sing together each week

MCMS also offers an after school program for elementary children whose parents are looking for care and fun for their child after the 3:15 PM dismissal time. This is complementary to the work of the school day with attention given to the child’s need for physical and creative activities.

Montessori Environment 8:00am – 3:15pm Monday – Friday
After School Club 3:15pm – 5:30pm Monday – Friday

 

Joyful Scholars: Montessori for the Elementary Years

Head of School, Vicki McCarthy, discusses the Elementary Program.