The Lower Elementary (1st -3rd grade) curriculum builds on the skills students have mastered by the end of kindergarten. Continuing work in mathematics and language arts is emphasized, in addition to geography, physics, zoology, botany, social science and history.
During this developmental phase, children want to understand how they fit into the big picture. Lessons about the origin of the universe, the different ages since the creation of the world, and evolution help them understand such concepts as the relatively small amount of time that human beings have been in existence.
In addition to academic development, the Lower Elementary classroom is a place where children learn to work together and to build strong social bonds. Conflict resolution skills are practiced on a regular basis, and children learn to mentor one another and to work as a team. Students also learn to develop self-discipline and strong work habits as they prepare for higher level work and greater independence in the Upper Elementary (9-12) classroom.
The Lower Elementary experience ends with a three-day trip to the Adirondack mountains where students work as a team to climb mountains, prepare meals, and go rock climbing together.
Elementary students can register for after school enrichment programs that vary throughout the year. Some of the workshops that have been offered are chess, weaving, soccer, cooking and track and field.
Excellent School. We’ve been to Montessori schools in different states and different countries. The Directress at this school is one of the kindest, caring leaders we’ve ever encountered. The Montessori materials are taught in true Montessori fashion and the children each learn at their individual pace.