The Elementary Years
In the early childhood experience children learn through what Maria Montessori termed, “the Absorbent Mind.” Whatever was going on in the classroom, they soaked up like a sponge. Now, the elementary environment, that facility is gone and children learn the way adults learn, through an act of the will. They are less focused on themselves and their imagination becomes the key to learning.There is increased interest in the big picture – in a “Cosmic Education.” Having mastered the basics of reading, writing and math, they are now able to use these skills to gain an understanding of the universe guided by the fire of their imagination.
In Lower Elementary, again a three-age grouping of 6 to 9 year olds, the curriculum is structured around “Five Great Lessons”: The Story of Creation, The Coming of Life, the Development of Human Beings, the Story of Writing, the Story of Numbers.
In Upper Elementary class – children 9 to 12 years old – the world is an ever-expanding place. Their imagination is able to grasp more complex and abstract concepts. Hands-on activities broaden in scope and include practical application outside the classroom. How society works and what is their role and responsibility towards it are topics of consideration.
And the Middle School Years?
At present Love of Learning Montessori ends at the conclusion of 6th grade. However, a middle school program is actively being pursued and is apt to be implemented in the not too distant future.
For now, what happens to kids who graduate from Elementary? Year after year, the anecdotal evidence is mounting – they appear to be doing very well. This statement put together regarding our 6th grade class of 2014 is characteristic.
Bottom line: Our diverse students with different backgrounds, interests and abilities, all do well in whatever academic environment they found themselves in after Montessori. Adapting to the Common Core, fitting in with their peer group despite being the new student at school – these don’t seem to have been issues for any of the Love of Learning graduates.
Elementary Special Events:
Long Island Topography Bike Trip
Past (and potentially future!) trips have been:
Class trip to Sweet Briar Nature Center
Native American program by Tipi Ted
3rd grade trip to Green Belt Trail Hike & Whaling Museum
Class trip to Long Island Aquarium