Our Elementary program begins with and completes Montessori's "Second Plane
of Development." This plane begins with concrete materials and ends
with the understanding of the academic work in the abstract. The
core curriculum is an extension of the Primary curriculum and includes
Music, Language, Math, Geometry, Science and the Cultural Subjects.
As in the Primary level, Art and Music activities are integral
to other areas, specifically the cultural subjects. Daily outdoor activity
time emphasizes team building and sportsmanship. While the Elementary
student no longer requires the Practical Life Curriculum to develop
his/her concentration, coordination, independence and responsibility
that they gained during their Primary years, Practical Life remains
one of the most important areas of the curriculum.
In the Second Plane these patterns of learning, behavior, attitudes
and social interaction blossom under the guidance of the Elementary
staff. The 6-14 year old student is involved in the Creation of
Self through developing use of reason, intelligence and imagination
to understand 'why', 'how' and 'when'. They have a physical relationship
to the classroom environment for which they share responsibility
to maintain an aesthetically pleasing work environment.
Collaboration on this practical challenge involves
the use of intelligence and imagination in socially acceptable ways.
As students gains expertise in relationship to their peer group,
they are gradually developing a sense of diplomacy, social integration
and the ability to assume various leadership roles. By the time
Montessori students have successfully met the challenges of the
Second Plane of Development, our staff delights in knowing that
they have become a person with the self-confidence and knowledge, capable of succeeding by their own efforts and abilities. Practical
Life in action.