We are proud to offer Montessori education through the 6th grade. As you consider private elementary schools, we invite you to visit us to see what our program has to offer you and your child.
|Lower Elementary/ Upper Elementary||6 - 9 yrs/ 9 - 12 yrs|
|Academic Day||8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m|
|Full Day (Including before/after school care)||6:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m|
Cosmic Education and the Elementary Curriculum
Maria Montessori referred to her elementary program as "cosmic education" unifying the disparate subjects into a unified whole.
Cosmic Education is broken down into the "Five Great Lessons" which is an important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum. These lessons are bold, exciting, and are designed to awaken a child's imagination and curiosity. Children are struck with the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas, and awed by the inventiveness and innovation that is part of the human spirit. These Five Great Lessons paint a broad picture, laying the context for more specific study. They consist of:
The Beginning- The First Great Lesson weaves a tale of the origins of the universe and our own planet. Using impressionistic charts and experiments directly related to the basic physical properties of matter, a foundation is made for the future study of physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology.
The Time Line of Life- This time line represents the beginnings of life on Earth from the simplest forms through the appearance of human beings. Each organism is presented as a contributor to a vast, ineffable cosmic scheme.
The Coming of Humans- Continuing the exploration of life on Earth, this time line stresses the development of humans from the earliest beings through the use of tools.
The History of Writing- This lesson explores the development of writing from its appearance in primitive cultures to its role in the modern society.
The History of Mathematics- This lesson explores the use of mathematics as an expression of the refinement of the human mind and as a response to individual and shared needs.
our ECO-Action team:
The goal of the Eco- Action team is to guide Montessori House for Children and Elementary School through the Eco-School program. According to www.nwf.org, Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.
Our Eco-Action Team is made up of elementary students, parents and faculty.
Eco-Action Team Agendas:
Eco Action Team Minutes
Every week, the Eco team issues updates which can be found in the school's Friday news blast. This week's Eco News Blast can be read here.