The Montessori Curriculum for children between the ages of 6 and 9 years is based on the following 5 areas of learning:
- Science, Social and Cultural Studies
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
Children are placed in family age groups of three years e.g. 6, 7, 8 year olds work together and the full curriculum is designed to be completed over a 3 year period.
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of education, subjects are offered in an integrated way and the children come to understand the interrelatedness of knowledge.
Children work at their own pace. Emphasis is placed on developing strong work habits and responsibility for completing assignments to the best of one’s ability.
In order to accommodate a multi-age range and to facilitate children of diverse learning styles, the Montessori curriculum is highly enriched and designed to cover a comprehensive range of interests and abilities. The learning environment is carefully structured for challenge and success at all levels. The teacher uses a child’s curiosity, imagination and developing social skills as natural motivators for learning.
Younger children are stimulated by the work that their older classmates do, while older children have an opportunity to develop strong leadership skills within the group. The multiage classroom provides a sense of stability to the children, who ideally will work with the same teacher for three years.
Learning at the Lower Elementary level is still based on the use of concrete materials. Children learn through experience and discovery. Gradually, as they work their way through the curriculum, they develop abstract concepts and begin to work more with pen and paper.