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Maria Montessori called the elementary curriculum “cosmic education” because its goal is to expose the child to the whole range of human knowledge in an integrated approach to learning. The context for the elementary curriculum is established in an overview of the history of the universe. As they study ancient civilizations the children discover that mathematics, language, history, botany, geography, music and art all developed from basic human needs. This understanding fosters in children a love for learning and an eagerness to take their place among the community of learners.
The elementary-age child no longer simply wants to know, "What is that?" He now needs to know “why” and “how,” and the way it all fits together. He is capable of using both reason and imagination to explore abstract things beyond the concrete here and now.
The primary child works to learn about herself and her world through her "absorbent mind." The elementary child continues this exploration of the individual, but now she does it in relation to the larger society. Elementary children are very social and interested in issues such as cooperation, fairness, and decision-making.
The elementary child will seldom if ever be found alone. This is the age of groups. He is exploring how to be a friend, how to be a leader or follower, and the rules of society. This is important for it prepares the child to take his place in society. At Arbor we give focus and purpose to the child's natural desire to group. Group lessons, work and discussions are important parts of the learning process. Various social skills are necessary to make collaborations work. Children learn skills and tools that encourage cooperation, a chance to govern themselves as a class, and solve their own problems.
The elementary child is very interested in what correct behavior is. Although he may not always keep the rules himself, he is a constant watchdog that everyone is following them. Teachers assist the child in sorting out how to act in different situations, learning basic rules of courtesy, and understanding what is considered right and wrong in our society.
Exploring the World Intellectually
At the lower elementary level, lessons are primarily presented through the use of Montessori materials and exercises. The transition to more abstract thinking and the reliance on books and other research materials begins at this level and continues throughout Elementary Program.
concentrates on basic operations, the decimal system, and beginning geometry through the use of hands-on manipulative materials. Basic concepts of Algebra, such as squaring and cubing, are also explored. Exploration of math skills through the Montessori materials forms the foundation for a smooth transition from concrete to abstract understanding.
An emphasis on writing, grammar, and sentence analysis. Reading skills acquired at the primary level are continually enhanced through direct applications in the classroom such as, literature, poetry, and book discussion groups.
focuses on history, world geography, earth sciences (such as the formulation of volcanoes and the work of rivers), as well as the areas traditionally called Social Studies (such as economic geography and basic human needs).
These classes are offered weekly as part of the regular classroom experience. Art and Music are taught by experts in their fields and Spanish Language lessons are taught by a native speaker.