ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (6 to 12 YEARS)
The environment builds on the pre-primary experience, reflects a new stage of development and offers the following:
The integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history and language that will evoke the imagination and abstraction of the elementary child.
The presentation of knowledge as a part of a large scale narrative which unfolds the origins of the earth, of life, of human communities (agricultural and urban), of empires and of modern history, always in the context of the inter-relatedness of life. The presentation of the formal scientific language of zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, etc., exposes the child to accurate, organized information which reflects the child’s intelligence and interests.
The use of time lines, picture charts and other visual aids provides a linguistic and visual overview of the first principles of zoology, anthropology, geography and geology.
The math curriculum is presented with concrete materials which simultaneously reveal the arithmetic, geometric and algebraic concepts.
Montessori-trained adults are able to integrate the teaching of all subjects, not as isolated disciplines, but as a part of a whole intellectual tradition. The emphasis on open ended research and in-depth study uses primary and secondary sources (books) along with other materials.
“Going out” entails the on-going use of community resources that extend beyond the four walls of the classroom.