Upper Elementary Age 9 to 12
"Education between the ages of six to twelve is not a direct continuation of that which has gone before, though it is built upon that basis. Psychologically there is a decided change in personality, and we recognize that nature has made this a period for the acquisition of culture, just as the former was for the absorption of the environment." – Maria Montessori
A Montessori Upper Elementary program focuses on high academic achievement in a low-pressure environment. The classroom environment allows each student to grow intellectually by using the principles and philosophy developed by Maria Montessori. Knowledgeable and highly trained educators are there to present lessons, guide, and nurture the social, academic and emotional needs of each child.
Upper Elementary learning allows students age 9-12 to discover, research and share ideas in many detailed and often individual ways within the larger context of a 6-12 Elementary multi-classroom environment.
The Elementary curriculum is based upon the Five Great Lessons developed by Maria Montessori. These lessons provide the basis for study of Mathematics, Language, Sciences and Arts. Children ages nine to twelve are eager invited to revisit these Great Lessons from a new perspective with a greater amount of foundational knowledge from their Lower Elementary work. These lessons, and the work that follows throughout the school year, allow children to develop a deep understanding of academic concepts as well as cultures of the world.
The Upper Elementary Curriculum meets and/or exceeds Common Core Standards.
Reading, Writing and Language Arts: Comprehension skills are fine tuned, while the class continues to break new ground in the areas of language mechanics and creative writing. The class orally communicates their ideas through presentations, reports and drama.
Mathematics: The study of mathematical systems, problem solving and geometry expands at the Upper Elementary level to include a wide range of concepts including statistics, formulas and pre-algebra.
History and Cultural Studies: World history, ancient civilizations and a broad view of significant historical events is combined with adventures into detailed exploration and research of specific events and time periods. History and geography are studied and tied to present day events. Thorough research and diverse sources are used to influence history projects and beyond.
Geography: Studying and understanding maps from a global perspective helps provide context for a wide variety of studies.
Environmental Studies: Global, local and personal perspectives on environmental studies help children deepen their understanding of society’s impact on the Earth and ways that they can impact their future.
Practical Life: In the Elementary classroom enviornments, practical life is taught through the daily care of the classroom – both indoors and outdoors. It is the responsibility of the children to prepare snack for the community, dust and straighten shelves, sweep, compost appropriate materials and care for our plants and animals.