The Elementary Montessori Teaching Method
Elementary Montessori programs emphasize active learning rather than passive reception of information.
- The elementary Montessori curriculum builds upon the student’s early childhood experience. The Montessori materials continue to play an important role as the student transitions from the concrete to the abstract.
- Lessons involve exploration and hands-on experiences. The student in the elementary classroom learns by doing hence the classroom is rich in materials, resources, movement and conversation.
- The curriculum is individualized. The needs, ability, interests and skills of each student are taken into consideration when lessons are planned and knowledge assessed. The Montessori student will receive extra help or direction on areas where she needs it and move rapidly through other areas where she excels.
- The elementary program teaches the student how to think clearly, how to research, how to express herself in writing and speech.
- The program fosters independent work as well as group effort.
- The multi-age classroom creates an atmosphere of non-competition making it possible for the student to work at her own pace, unrestricted by traditional grade standards.
- The program supports a variety of learning styles.
- Elementary Montessori education integrates all the different areas of study rather than compartmentalizing them.