Elementary 1 (6-9 years)
By the age of six, children have a strong drive to be social and collaborative. They have developed the social skills necessary to work in pairs and in groups and will be ready to work on projects together. Children of this age are much better equipped to resolve conflicts by themselves.
Unlike the traditional curriculum in many schools, which delineates what a child is supposed to learn, in the Montessori Elementary class the curriculum is not divided into different subjects, but students are offered a global vision of the universe, and learning is centred around their place in it.
In this stage of their education, children learn abstract concepts and develop an enormous desire to learn about their world and culture. Known as “Cosmic Education”, this involves looking at all the different areas of our cosmos and seeing the interconnections between them. The starting point for their study at this stage are the five Great Lessons, which are key to introducing cosmic education. These five lessons are revisited regularly in order to introduce different topic areas and subjects. They give children the big picture of cosmology, astronomy, earth science, geography, physics, language, mathematics, music and art, all of which stimulate and inspire them to explore the subject further and work on their own.
The Great Lessons:
- The History of the Universe
- The Development of Life
- The Development of Man
- Communication and Writing
- The History of Numbers
The Montessori way is to guide children by a self knowledge process, enabling them to find their place and purpose in the world, in order to be part of its improvement.
Our classroom space is beautiful, light and airy and thoughtfully laid out to support independent learning. The materials are organised and tidy, encouraging children to want to use them. Children can choose for themselves where they want to work, either on the floor, at a table, outside; on their own, in pairs or in a group. Learning here is child-centred rather than adult-centred and students take on the responsibility for their own learning. They become self- directed and self-initiating in the learning process and discover that their curiosity can drive their learning. The Montessori guide will give explicit instructions to the students in the proper way of using the materials, which are attractive, and pleasing to touch, and encourage the students to use them well.
The habits for a life-long learner are laid down early in a Montessori education. In addition to this, children are completely immersed in dual language learning, in both Spanish and English.
- Golden beads and wooden hundred squares: These are a key material that is used to teach the decimal system and the hierarchy of numbers. The beads represent units, tens and thousands and are used to teach quantity, place value and to introduce the concepts of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division.
- Wooden map of the world and flags: one of the great lessons introduced at this stage is the concept of our world. Children learn to place the countries in the correct location and match with the nation flags. Younger children use this material to develop fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination and later on learn the names of the countries of the world.
- Wooden Abacus: This ancient method, representing units, tens and thousands, is perfect for children to understand the decimal system and enables them to make calculations up to 9,999,999. This tactile material helps children develop logical mathematical concepts.
9.00 AM to 4.00 PM (lunch and snacks included)