Lower & Upper Elementary

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Our Bilingual Montessori Elementary Program

5 – 10 years

CdN_4379Our Bilingual Montessori Elementary program provides children with the tools they need to become fully bilingual in English and Spanish using the Montessori method.  Due to the children’s passion for learning and being able to work at their own pace, our Elementary students are typically one to two years ahead academically than their peers in traditional schools.

Dr. Montessori called the 6-12 age range the “Second Plane of Development.”  This is the time when children develop a strong interest in: cause and effect, logic and reasoning, right and wrong, and exploration and research.  At this age, the child’s imagination becomes his or her most powerful learning tool. To provide fuel for their active imaginations, Dr. Montessori suggests that children need a vision of the whole universe starting with the solar system, the history and geography of the earth.  From this vantage point, children have a framework for understanding all of the various parts.  On a moral level, this helps children understand that they are part of an integrated whole.  Our teachers provide materials and information for the students to discover this interconnectedness of the universe in a stimulating environment that keeps them inspired and interested.  The children learn to face challenges with confidence and begin to find their own place in the world around them.

CdN_4386The multi-age classroom allows children to learn as quickly or slowly as they need to rather than being limited by a set curriculum. This fosters self-esteem and self-confidence.  In addition, the older students develop leadership skills in mentoring the younger students, and the younger students look up to and learn from their older peers.

The program develops their logical thinking skills, ethical awareness, researching, reading, writing and presentation skills. The children learn how to work in a group, take responsibility for their actions and respect and communicate with their peers, community and the world at large—all of which prepare them for success.

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