6-12 years old/1st-6th grade
The Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9-12) programs inspire awe about the world, intrigue children to acquire knowledge, and help them to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially.
At Marin Montessori School, Elementary classrooms are designed to support group and individual learning, and are equipped with a rich array of materials that stimulate intellectual curiosity and passion.
How will I positively contribute?
Our Elementary classrooms allow children to respond to lessons eagerly - and often dramatically - when they are able to see and explore connections between everything they are actively learning.
Their engagement is reflective of how the world, in general, operates. The best thinkers - CEOs, artists, activists, peace-brokers - are all good at what they do because they see how things are interconnected and interdependent. By seeing the whole, children are better able to understand their role - how they fit in and what their contribution can be.
At the beginning of every year, Marin Montessori School's teachers ignite curiosity in the children by presenting the "Five Great Lessons." Each of these lessons is the leaping-off point to key academic areas that must be mastered in the elementary setting. The stories are told with drama, often acted out and supplemented with demonstrations. The essential lessons excite the children and raise more questions than answers.
The stories are the catalysts that trigger curiosity and enthusiasm for exciting and important intellectual topics. The result is that children are eager to learn - even topics that might not have personally interested them in earlier studies. The Five Great Lessons vary in detail, complexity and depth for the Upper Elementary and the Lower Elementary presentations.
A critical aspect of the Great Lessons presentations is the unique ability for the story to provide a meaningful context for all of the key lessons that follow - as well as an opportunity to show interrelationships between topics and ideas. Context-setting enables young people to more rapidly understand, categorize, and carry out exercises on the topic materials as they embark on what is arguably one of the most dynamic cognitive acquisition periods in their development as human beings. Key lessons also vary in depth, complexity and type between the Upper and Lower Elementary classrooms.