Ages 6 – 12 (1st – 6th Grades)
8:30am – 3:00pm
In a Montessori Elementary School children develop a reasoning mind that asks why and how things happen in the world. The children’s own questions then provide the basis for their explorations. “And what better answer,” said Maria Montessori, “than to provide them with the universe itself.” With their ability to think abstractly and the power of their imaginations to ‘see’ what cannot be seen, the universe is the limit for their search.
The stories of the Great Lessons and other presentations provide a framework in which the details of the various disciplines: mathematics, language arts, the sciences, social studies, history and geography are demonstrated. The Montessori curriculum encompasses an inter-disciplinary approach and emphasizes the interconnectedness of life, as well as emphasizing the unique role and responsibility human beings have on our planet.
The curriculum provides opportunity for self-development and self-discovery. Students are encouraged to discover their own innate abilities, and to develop a strong sense of independence, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
The methods used in the Montessori Elementary School curriculum literally help students learn how to learn. We encourage them to think for themselves, do research, analyze what they’ve found, and reach their own conclusions. In most areas of study, rather than simply using textbooks, we have students use reference materials, libraries, and the Internet to acquire information and to prepare materials for presentation to their classmates.
There is an emphasis on community involvement through a partnership with local colleges, community gardens and the arts. The Elementary School students also enjoy afternoon enrichments such as Art, Spanish, Gardening, Home Economics, Outdoor Leadership skills with Asheville TAASC and Physical Education.
For more about the Montessori philosophy for this age, including video summaries of the math and language curricula, click here.