18 Months to 6th Grade

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It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities. Maria Montessori

Academic Overview

Toddler Community
18 mo. – 2½ years

2½ – 6 years

Lower Elementary
1st – 3rd grades

Upper Elementary
4th – 6th grades

It is never too early to start thinking about and planning your child’s educational experiences. While there are many factors that will shape your choice, we know that you want the very best education for your child – an education that engages the brain as well as the heart. As you go about your busy day you can be assured that your child will be nurtured, guided, safe, and involved in a way of learning that engages his/her whole being.

Why is a MICH education superior? We cover the basics as does any other good school; however, at MICH the basics are just the beginning foundation of our academic learning. Unlike many schools, we do not teach to the test.

For over a hundred years the Montessori method has been teaching children the skills that are now are the buzzwords of a 21st century education. These skills include: concentration, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. It is not enough to just learn facts. The whys, the how does it happen, the inter-relatedness of ideas and disciplines are just some of the ways we prepare our children to think. To that end at every level, our students:

  • Choose what to work on from the lessons they have been given
  • Work at their own pace with self-correcting materials
  • Are encouraged to explore beyond what is presented, to go deeper into the subject or to explore it via a different medium
  • Begin with the concrete and move to the abstract with the learning process being more important than the outcome – it is this process that allows each child to develop his own learning style that is applicable to any learning situation
  • Are free to move about the classroom, working alone, in pairs or with a group.

MICH students are continuously challenged by a curriculum that invites them to take control of and responsibility for their learning, to expand their horizons, to go beyond the ordinary, to take joy in their abilities to uncover the whys and hows, and to take pride in their ability to do it themselves!