Lower Elementary: 6-9 years
Upper Elementary: 9-12 years
8:30am – 3:30pm
The Elementary Program includes Lower Elementary ages 6-9, and Upper Elementary ages 9-12. The elementary child enters a classroom where he or she will be for three years at each level. There is continuity in these environments, which promotes creativity, builds self-esteem and allows the development of leadership skills as the older children of each level naturally become mentors for their younger classmates. The Montessori Elementary curriculum places the vastness and wonder of the entire universe in the hands and imagination of the child. History is at the heart of each subject and a story from history ignites the imagination and enthusiasm for study. The elementary curriculum is wholly integrated and consists of mathematics, geometry, language arts, geography, physical science, history, biology, music, and art. Also included are the lessons of grace and courtesy to help the children of this age manage their social situations and develop a nurturing attitude toward all younger students.
Each elementary child receives her lessons in individual or small group settings based on ability rather than just age and grade. Following a lesson, the child is free to choose which area of the curriculum to study with the expectation that the child will be prepared for the next lesson; in this way, responsibility and self-direction are developed as the child learns to independently manage his day and workload. Lessons are seeds planted and the child is encouraged to take a particular subject or topic as far as she can. A love of learning and an understanding that learning stems from curiosity are instilled in the elementary child. Balance in one’s life is also emphasized as the Guides draw the student into any areas that the child may be avoiding.
With a heightened sense of curiosity, a well-developed ability to solve problems, and a greater sensitivity to the environment, the lower elementary child begins, in earnest, to learn the traditional disciplines of mathematics, literature, and science and begins to expand his or her cultural boundaries through active participation in the areas of art, music, and drama. In these years, the child becomes accustomed to success and simply treats the obstacles that s/he encounters as new challenges to overcome.
The upper classroom provides the capstone for the Montessori experience at Stepping Stones Montessori School. This learning environment continues to challenge each student to reach his or her maximum learning potential. Students leave Stepping Stones with a strong sense of self, a solid academic experience, and, most importantly, a love of learning that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
The Elementary Years
Learn more about the core principles driving the Montessori education.