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Curriculum

 


"To care for, and keep awake the guide within every child is therefore a matter of first importance.”" -Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Elementary Curriculum (6-12 years)

Environment 
Children ready for the elementary classroom turn outward to the world around them, ready for new horizons of research and discovery. They are full of questions and are ready to be inspired by stories, lessons and materials to discover answers to their questions through reason and imagination. Their questions drive the work of the classroom, with each encounter developing new skills and raising new questions.

Working with partners and teams, the children share struggles and successes and learn to support, respect and depend upon one another. Together, they are capable of complex tasks. Much of the work of the elementary class is accomplished through large projects, which require cooperation and planning, and facilitate the integration of different subjects, as well as the development of deeper understanding.

At this stage of development, children's goals are to further develop skills, to gain confidence, to confirm their own value, and to recognize the value of others. As maturity of spirit and mind develop, we see these children progress ready to contribute their share to the world around them.

Core Curriculum
The core curriculum provides instruction in all traditional subjects including mathematics, physical and life science, geography, history, geometry, language arts, writing and literature. In addition, all elementary students will be exposed to Spanish, music, art and physical education.

Middle School-Erdkinder (13-14 years)

Environment
The traditional junior high school years are most noted for their need of autonomy in exploration and expression. Due to the curricular design of independent research, Montessori junior high classrooms are known to not appear to have many materials initially. Students are expected to conduct research as a vital and ongoing component to complement their curricular studies.

Visiting the library, as well as surface (common search engines like Google) and invisible (subscription database like Lexas Nexus) Web research will be commonplace in our Montessori classrooms.

Creative and dramatic expressions are also large components of the Erdkinder classrooms. Students will be encouraged to create various forms of creative expression. Community partners will assist in the development and public display of such expressions.

Core Curriculum
The core program will promote academic excellence, critical-thinking skills and support the development of each student's unique potential. Instruction in all traditional subjects will be provided including Cultural Studies, English, Math, Science, Study Skills, and Spanish.