The Elementary – Grades 1-5

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChildren at the elementary level are entering a period of great physical and intellectual change.  This period is also characterized by great curiosity; children are no longer satisfied with basic information.  They want to know “why.”  They are fascinated by the immensely huge and the infinitesimal.

The Montessori elementary curriculum begins to present the universe to the and the whole of history.  These large concepts spark the child’s imagination and help motivate further research.  The elementary classroom is very much a community of children.  Students assist one another in asking question and searching for answers, while they pursue purposeful work in small groups, with partners, or independently.  They help establish the rules of the class, maintain the classroom, and act in leadership roles.


abcThe Montessori elementary language program is based upon a whole language approach that also utilizes phonetic instruction.  The use of cursive writing becomes the handwriting emphasis throughout the elementary division.  Creative writing and poetry, as well as report writing and report strategies, are areas of emphasis in the writing program.  Grammar, parts of speech, and spelling are all integral parts of the language program.


mathThe hands-on approach to math and geometry continues throughout the elementary level.  Basic principles and operations are covered, moving into fractions, decimal fractions, factoring, squaring, and into geometry.

An integral part of the math curriculum is the integration of math into other curriculum areas.  Real life problems are solved and practical applications are stressed.  The use of math in other areas of the classroom extends to calculating distances on a timeline, determining bacteria levels, managing lunchtime pizza sales receipts, etc.

History and Geography

historyThe study of geography and history provide a common core into which many other areas of the curriculum can be integrated.  The students study the fundamental needs of humans throughout time and around the globe.  The children explore the history of the Earth, as well as the physical geography of the planet.  California and the United States are studied in depth, as well as world and local history.


scienceThe elementary program includes studies in physical, earth, and life sciences, as well as environmental education.  As in the area of cultural studies, the large concepts are introduced first to provide a context for detailed work to follow.  Physical education, music, art, drama and foreign language instruction are provided by specialty teachers at the elementary level.


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