UPPER ELEMENTARY
4th-6th grades

Taking Bigger Steps

Take notice of how the scaffolded steps your child has taken year-after-year converge into one big leap to this next level. Ready to pick up the pace, your go-getter will take charge of their learning by managing a week's worth of work. Equipped with a handy planner, they will finely tune their time management skills. The goal is to work efficiently with keen attention to detail. By taking on more responsibility, your child gains greater confidence, independence, and leadership.
 

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility
and the wings of independence.” - Maria Montessori

 

Going with the flow

Think about what conditions help you do your best work. Is it when you are timed or continuously interrupted? Probably not. It is no different for your child. The Montessori approach protects your child's right to sustained attention to a task by being respectful of their effort and providing the space and time for student-led success. Peek into the classroom, and you will be struck by how each student is fully immersed in their studies. They probably won't even notice you are there. By now, their ability to sustain attention during morning work cycles has conditioned them to reach their peak level of concentration. Achieving this state of "flow" is a priority in our program because it is conducive to the development of intelligence, higher-order thinking, creativity, and self-awareness, and ultimately, a sense of contentment. 
 

Learning is the reward

We set high expectations for your child's education by showing them "how" to learn, so they are eager to attempt more ambitious projects. Whether they are conducting experiments for Science Fair, researching for the Geography Fair, or completing a class assignment, your child benefits from the cross-fertilization of ideas and full ownership of each step, start to finish. The focus is on developing a successful process and innovative approach, rather than rewarding an expected answer or outcome. We believe that rewards and punishments appeal to the lowest levels of their intellect. At an age when many kids grow weary of conventional school and lose their passion, our students are coming into themselves with even more enthusiasm. With your child's ability to reliably self-navigate, the teacher becomes more and more a consultant, helping them to organize their research and find resources for multi-faceted enterprises. 
 

Grit and Grow

By the time your child enters Upper Elementary, they are familiar with the practice of mindfulness and growth mindset. The Grit and Grow social-emotional curriculum takes it to the next level. It not only encourages more self-reflection; but also develops intention, perseverance, and resilience. With daily practice of healthy thinking habits, your child starts to identify when a situation calls for a shift in attitude or perspective.


 

Real practical life

As your child progresses through the Montessori program, the practical life skills they learn correspond in relevance. And they quite literally are life skills that are very practical to learn -- making a budget, mending a shirt, knitting a scarf, sewing a pillowcase, decorating a cake, arranging flowers, building a birdhouse -- the list goes on. Your child also has a weekly job to help the classroom operate smoothly. It teaches them responsibility, their contributions are valued, and they are vital members of a community.
 


Forming a worldview

The Great Lessons introduced in Lower Elementary established how the universe, life, animals, communication, and numbers came into being to help contribute to life on earth. Your child will revisit many of the concepts, but with greater awareness and the ability to think abstractly. They can see beyond themselves to form their world view. Learning is organized as a spiral curriculum. Each time your child is exposed to content, they make discoveries and see connections more clearly. This process supports genuine understanding; a linear approach lends itself to forgetting memorized material. The integrated curriculum also promotes lifelong learning habits such as persistence, reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, time-management, and self-reliance. 

Plate Tectonics around the globe- labeling convergent and divergent plates

Great Lessons

Specific studies

Coming of the Universe
and the Earth

Earth Science- solar system, astronomy, weather systems and cycles, geography

Physical Science- simple machines, laws of motion, light and magnetism

Coming of Life

Chemistry- elements/periodic table, atoms, molecules and compounds

Botany- plant anatomy, cell structure and function

Zoology- Kingdoms of Life, animal classification, cell structure and function, and animal relationships

Human Biology- human systems, health and nutrition

Coming of Human Beings

Humans and migration, ancient civilizations, colonization, US history

Communication in Signs

Writing (essay, creative, stylistic, research and report), grammar, sentence analysis, diagramming, literature, note taking techniques, group discussion and literary critique 

The Story of Numbers

Basic operations, math facts, fractions, decimals, word problems, measurement, ratio and proportion, percents, graphing tables and charts, rounding and averaging, geometry and pre algebra

 

The Montessori approach aligns with the emerging worldview that prioritizes critical thinking, relationships, interdependence, process, ecology, and non-linearity. It provides a more dynamic form of education that is responsive to the child. Montessori preserves their natural drive to learn and explore our world with more depth for true understanding. Because Montessori was born from scientific observation of how children acquire knowledge, skills, and interact with their environment, it has always been in direct response to human nature with the goal of promoting the innate development of each child to their fullest potential.