LANGUAGE

Our alphabet has a fascinating history, and it is with the story of “Communication in Signs” that the elementary language program begins. What part did Phoenician merchants play in the development of written symbols? What did the Romans contribute? How is our alphabet different from Chinese characters? These are some of the questions the children may pose for further research. In addition, language is more than ‘a fascinating subject of study in itself. It is the vehicle of human communication, the way in which we exchange ideas, thoughts and feelings. Thus, the language curriculum covers in depth written and spoken language, reading, grammar and research, the keys to both self expression and the acquisition of knowledge. For Montessori children, writing typically precedes reading. Read more…

MATH

The “Story of Numbers” helps children understand the power of mathematics and motivates them to continue exploring numbers. Progression through the Montessori math curriculum is not strictly linear. Instead, Maria Montessori envisioned elementary math as a three-tiered progression. The first tier consists of the numbers to ten, place value, and the four operations. The second tier is dedicated to the memorization of math facts. The third tier is where the children study hierarchy, that is, how the numbers in the decimal system are related and grouped. Read more…

BIOLOGY

Plants and animals are an essential part of the elementary environment. Some reside in the classrooms while others visit. As children observe and care for these living things, they acquire the experiential basis for their future understanding and love of biology. They further extend their knowledge by going out to wildlife sanctuaries, arboretums, and nature parks to view animals and plants in their natural habitats. Read more…

GEOGRAPHY

Geography, the study of our home, the Earth, opens the door to the elementary curriculum. It sets the stage for the unfolding of Earth’s story, from its inception to its present state. We begin with the story of “The Creation of the Universe” to give a vision of the whole. Then we move to more detailed studies of Earth and its place in the universe. Geography is thus fully integrated with the physical sciences. In fact, as the children learn about the Earth and its place in the universe, they form an intellectual framework for all their studies. From the non-living world to the succession of life forms, to human beings and the development of their unique abilities, children study all the sciences and humanities in relation to one another. Read more…

HISTORY

Maria Montessori wished for children to recognize the contributions of great and unknown persons to modern civilizations. We thank the inventor of the wheel and the medieval scribes for their contributions to history. According to Dr. Montessori, each child has a significant role to play as contributor to the family and society. The child’s personal sense of time is the starting point for the history curriculum. By noting the passage of days, months, and birthdays, the children develop this awareness of time. Read more…

FINE ARTS

Students use a wide variety of art techniques for presentations and projects. The students are periodically introduced to media and basic art principles such as the use of lines and light. Read more…