The preschool experience continues in the elementary program, where the Montessori materials are a means to an end. These scientifically designed materials are intended to stimulate the imagination, to aid abstraction and to present a universal view on the human work and purpose.
The child is led to ask philosophical questions about the origins of the universe, the nature of life, different cultures and the fundamental needs of humankind. Interdisciplinary studies combine geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and anthropology in the study of natural history and world ecology.
World history is integrated with science and language is presented through the medium of “Great Stories” or lessons which span the history of the universe, supported by impressionistic charts and multiple time lines for each major concept. The mathematics curriculum is presented with concrete materials which reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations. Formulae and rules are a point of arrival and discovery, not a point of departure.
There is an emphasis on creative and expository writing, interpretive reading of literature and poetry. Research using a variety of sources is basic, as is the study of grammar, sentence analysis, spelling and oral expression, including dramatic productions. A foreign language is developed alongside the native language.
Making use of community resources through the experience known as “Going Out” is a means of allowing students to take the initiative to explore beyond the classroom walls and to follow their own interests to a satisfying conclusion.
Art and music hold an equal place in the Montessori Curriculum, both in theory and in practice. These areas are also included in the integrated curriculum, demonstrating the richness of the human mind and spirit.
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