Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) & Upper Elementary (grades 4-6)
The child’s developmental transition from concrete to abstract thinking is at the core of our Elementary Montessori program. For example, a younger student will transition from initially working primarily with manipulatives in math to representing their thinking with written numbers in Lower Elementary. Students this age are intellectually ready to apply more and more sophisticated abstract thinking such as the use of symbols of letter and numbers. This allows them to think, absorb, and express their learning at increasingly higher levels as they move through the Elementary program.
Our Montessori Elementary programs are constructed as 3-year cycles and consist of seven major integrated subject areas:
- Mathematics: Facts, Operations, Place Value, Story Problems, Numeration, Measurement, and Problem Solving
- Language: Word Study, Grammar, Reading and Comprehension, Spelling, and Writing
- Science: Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, and the Montessori Great Lessons
- Geography & History: Based around an in-depth continent study, exploring culture, language, and history.
- Practical Life: Cooking, Gardening, Community Jobs, Animal Feeding and Care
- Art: Multiple techniques and media are explored, with projects centering around our continent study
- Music & Drama: We put on two performances a year – a winter holiday concert and a spring musical/drama.
- Physical Education: Physical Skills, Movement, Games, and Sportsmanship
The Upper Elementary three-year cycle explores themes. Each year there is a week-long trip to one of three outdoor environmental learning centers around western Washington.