The key areas of learning in the Montessori Elementary environment include: Language, Mathematics, Cultural, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Language learning consists of word study, spelling patterns, creative writing, syntax, grammar studies, sentence structure and analysis, paragraph formation, reading comprehension, cursive handwriting, and vocabulary building. Children work with specific hands-on materials such as the moveable alphabet, sentence diagramming parts and charts, grammar boxes, and word study boxes.
Mathematics skills are developed with the use of concrete learning materials. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills are developed. Within the mathematics area, students work with fractions, word problems, geometry, math facts, measurement, place value, and the decimal system. Hands-on materials are used such as the golden beads, stamp game, bead frame, checkerboard, test tubes, fraction insets, equivalent insets, geometric box of sticks, geometric solids, and the geometric cabinet. Students work from the concrete to the abstract with the use of Montessori materials.
Cultural subjects include physical and political geography, history, botany, zoology, and physical science. Hands-on materials such as puzzle maps, pin maps, globes and atlases, 3-part card nomenclature, classification charts, timelines, and more are used to explore these subjects.
In addition, students receive instruction in computer, music, and physical education through our specialty classes.
Social-Emotional Learning is interwoven throughout the Montessori curriculum. Specific activities focus on developing and improving personal responsibility, self-management, care of the environment, social awareness, relationship skills, conflict resolution, planning, decision making, and grace and courtesy.