Lower and Upper Elementary
This is the time when the child utilizes his ability for memorization, imagination, logic and complex reasoning. Dr. Montessori calls this stage, the age of reason. It is marked by "great strengthening of the reasoning faculty". Children at this age wonder about the world they live in, examine what is right and what is wrong, and are shaped by their relationship and their understanding of the universe. Their curiosity is directed not by just facts, but by the questioning "how" and "why".
The Montessori elementary classroom allows long blocks of time for greater concentration span. All subjects are interrelated. Lessons are advanced and learning is done through abstract learning rather than concrete. Learning becomes meaningful as children understand the purpose of higher math, the sciences, technology, history, literature, language arts, communication, writing, and global perspective.Children learn conflict resolution, building character, and problem-solving skills. Children take part in field trips, community service, and sports activities.
The Elementary curriculum is based on Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori Standards and the California Department of Education/CORE Standards. Academic Hours are 8:00 to 3:00 p.m.