Our Montessori Elementary program develops problem solving skills through imagination and exploration.
Elementary students are encouraged to explore the world beyond the classroom.
The Village Montessori School Elementary program is uniquely designed to meet the developmental needs of the child from 6-12 years of age. This is a time of great social and intellectual growth. In the toddler or primary years, the focus of the child is on 'what'. The Elementary child's focus changes from 'what' to 'why'. Elementary children explore the universe through their emerging power of imagination. Given the proper environment, they will develop enlightened scholarship and responsible leadership.
Children work together to solve a long division problem using hands on materials.
Our prepared AMI Montessori environments emphasize an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. Children are encouraged to explore as individuals and within small groups through stories, beautiful, detailed charts, and hands-on materials.
Children work within long, uninterrupted work cycles, freeing themselves to explore areas of personal interest. They participate in individual and small group lessons, enabling each child to learn at his or her own pace.
Multi-age grouping facilitates continuity within the community from year to year, as children remain in each classroom for three years. Additionally, younger children look to their older peers as mentors, while the older children have many leadership opportunities as part of their school mission.
Exploration Montessori Elementary classrooms harness the child’s urge to know and learn about our world through exposure to the entirety of human knowledge, including the history of ancient civilizations, the mechanics of language, biological classification, the details of physical and political geography, and the methods of mathematics from basic operations through cube roots and algebra. In every case, children are given key lessons, allowing for open-ended exploration in areas of specific interest to the child.
Ours is a Montessori Elementary community that supports and appreciates each child’s abilities and contributions. Small group projects and reports are enhanced by self-initiated and planned trips to museums or visits to various professionals in different fields.
Self-Discipline Children are encouraged to share what they have learned with the whole community and thus create a rich culture of discovery in which everyone is constantly exposed to a wide variety of information. It is our vision that the acquisition of knowledge is its own reward. This is why our students tend to be self-disciplined and intrinsically motivated in their work.
Responsibility is fostered as students maintain work journals and meet regularly with the teacher to review work and discuss possible approaches to further study. Through careful observation, the teacher is able to introduce each new lesson at the ideal time and to supplement and reinforce the child’s learning to ensure mastery of core concepts and skills.
Montessori Elementary students learn how to negotiate the inner world of ideas while balancing the social interests of their community. They develop real world skills of negotiation, compromise, and a solid work ethic driven by an inner sense of self-awareness and purpose.
AMI permits Elementary classes to have extracurricular classes during their work cycle one afternoon per week. The students attend art, music, and Spanish classes.
Our Elementary classes are involved in a theatrical performance once a year.
Elementary Program Hours The Extended Day Elementary Program accommodates families who need extended hours. Ages 6 Years – 12 Years M – F (Full Day) 8:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M – F (Extended Day) 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.