Lower Elementary Program
1st through 3rd Grade
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Children in the elementary levels possess the important ability to reason, which is not seen so strongly before this age. The combination of the power of their reasoning, their own intellect and their great imagination becomes fertile grounds for the grasping of any concept or organized system- no matter how abstract- to be presented in such a way that they can begin unifying knowledge of the Universe as a whole and all its disciplines.
The combination of the power of their reasoning, their own intellect and their great imagination becomes fertile grounds for the grasping of any concept or organized system- no matter how abstract- to be presented in such a way that they can begin unifying knowledge of the Universe as a whole and all its disciplines.
The Mountain West Montessori elementary program works with the understanding that the children are undergoing the challenge of discovering their place within a group and within a society as a whole. This is why much of the activities in the elementary happen in groups, with children sharing and working together in collaboration and experimenting with the material together. The hum of discussion, challenging questions and debate fill the elementary classroom at Mountain West Montessori.
The elementary guide is a presenter to the broad areas of interest, planting the spark of interest over each and every student.
Our elementary classroom is divided into two groups, 1st thorough 3rd grade and 4th through 6th grade. As of this year, the whole classroom holds these two grade levels totaling 26 children. For the school year of 2002-2003 the school plans to have a specific classroom available for the second level.
The elementary level groups begin class at 8:30 and end at 3 p.m. There is extended care for those who wish to either drop-off early at 7:30 a.m. and stay until 5:30 p.m. for an additional cost.
Areas of Study
As the basis of communication for all other areas of study, reading, writing and oral communication hold an important place in the curriculum of study in our classrooms. By working with the sensorial materials of grammar and with their earlier experience with phonics, reading and writing the child begins to develop an interest and interest in language on a deeper level. The guide promotes creative writing, research and a focus on the development of habit forming in reading, as the child explores all areas of study in the program.
Elementary level children have developed an intense interest for the discovery of the mathematical computations thanks to the materials as well as their understanding of abstract concepts. Their development begins with concrete learning materials and follows with the understanding of concepts like specific computations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication), base systems and square roots. Afterwards the child is capable of exploring mathematics more abstractly as his or her interest and abilities develop.
Children learn about the creation of the universe, the planets and the stars, the sun and the earth. They also go back to the beginning of the life formations by studying periods and eras of the Earth as well as different and ancient civilizations. Allowing the child to find out his interest and placing himself in his or her time and reality.
Art as a very personal media of self-expression is highly pursued in the elementary level. An important part of their expressive development is the capability of the child to create images, sounds and spaces for self-expression, and we foster art as treasures for their development. A specialist in Music presents and teaches the children different instruments such as the harmonica and the flute. Children between ages 9-12 can be introduced to a string instrument like the cello or violin.
Children have an outdoor physical education session once a week. The children take part in organized sports and exercises such as soccer and basketball.
We provide a qualitative evaluation of each child’s development, taking into account the child as a whole. We do not give grades in the traditional manner. Instead the guides (teachers) who have been in contact with the child, provide a personal and specific evaluation. We also present the children with the IOWA test for an in-house evaluation of their test taking abilities.
The children have a one night sleep over on a weekend during the year. They help prepare their own food, have organized games and crafts and spend some quality fun time together!!
Trips to museums, special presentations and interest-based sites are visited by the children in the elementary levels as a group.
Celebrations and Performances
Celebrating United Day is a tradition in our school, in it each child researches special facts about a specific country and presents it to the school, from wearing a special costume to sharing a plate of food original of the country in study. As part of our program during our Winter Program and Spring Show, the children present a dance performance or a play, to the whole school and the parents.