18 Months to 6th Grade

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Since it has been … necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions…. All things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. The idea helps the mind of the child to become focused, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge. He is satisfied having found the universal center of himself with all things. Maria Montessori

Elementary Overview

Lower Elementary
Grades 1-3

Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 3:15 pm

Class Size: 20 – 24

Staff: Directress
One assistant


Upper Elementary
Grades 4 – 6

Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Class Size: 20 – 24

Staff: Directress
and one Assistant

Children ages 6-12 years are forever asking how and why. A Montessori Education seeks to answer those questions through their Cosmic Education. This holistic, integrated approach incorporates all disciplines and uses the Great Lessons as the basis for study. The Great Lessons tell of how each particle, substance, species, and/or event has a purpose and contributes to the development of everything. These stories give the elementary student the big picture of life and the world around them.

  • The first lesson, The Story of the Universe, introduces the study of geology, geography, physics, and astronomy.
  • The second lesson, The Coming of Life, introduces the study of biology.
  • The third lesson, The Coming of Human Beings, introduces the study of history and civilizations.
  • The fourth lesson, The Story of Writing or Communication introduces the study of the origins of language, writing, and communication.
  • The fifth lesson, The Story of Numbers, introduces number theory, types of number systems and bases, and mathematics.

Then the child’s own questions form the basis for further questions, exploration and research. Students engage in open-ended research and in-depth study using primary and secondary sources, charts, and timelines rather than textbooks. Montessori education capitalizes on the elementary child’s insatiable desire to understand the universe and her place in it.

The Elementary curriculum includes geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, science, music, Spanish, physical education and art. The subject areas are integrated into interdisciplinary fields. One of the goals of the elementary program is to foster the child’s feeling of connectedness to all humanity, and encourage her natural desire to make contributions to the world.

Our Elementary program incorporates many student-planned unique experiences:

Student-led Book Clubs
Junior Great Books discussions
Poetry Festival celebrating famous poets
Student-directed Class Plays
Planning, shopping & cooking class lunches

Student planned “Going out” trips
Colonial Camping Experience
Poetry Reading of original works
School Newspaper
Community Service
Overnight & Day Trips to Echo Hill