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Lower Elementary (6-9) Program

Grades 1-3

Maria Montessori called the 6-9 years the "second plane of development," which is characterized by a heightened sense of imagination. Children begin to look beyond their own day-to-day experiences to imagine other places and times. The child’s sense of curiosity grows as he or she begins asking “why?” and “how?” rather than “what is that?”  

Lower Elementary students are inspired by their older classmates’ more challenging work. The Montessori hands-on materials allow Lower Elementary students to tackle a wide range of tasks, including learning to read, studying spelling patterns and word derivations, exploring advanced math concepts, and discerning number and spatial relationships.

 They also learn to use a daily/weekly work plan, which outlines assignments, academic goals and work choices.

Curriculum

Home Learning Plans - For COVID-19 Related Closures

In the Lower Elementary Program, students are able to work more independently than our younger students. When our campus is closed, they look forward to the daily connections they make with their classmates via daily Zoom meetings for the class as a whole and through weekly Specials programs.

As they do in the classroom, students use daily work plans, completing assignments that cover all areas of the curriculum. Students use programs Khan Academy for math assignments and work on long-term projects like reading and writing their own biographies. This spring, they created time capsules that integrated writing exercises to help students document their lives during this very unique time in history.

Staying active is an important part of the day for these energetic first- through third-graders, who love working up a sweat in Zoom physical education class and after-school enrichment activities with our Extended Day staff.