The Montessori Elementary program philosophy is known as Cosmic Education and is a curriculum that helps children understand the “big picture”. This thematic curriculum studies the natural world, the physical universe, and the human race. Through these studies, the skill based subjects are integrated: mathematics, the sciences, language arts, geography, cultural studies, history, Spanish, art, music movement, and physical education. Our curriculum adapts to the child. As a result of our multi-age classrooms, children work at many academic levels. Traditionally, a Montessori educational setting allows for children to challenge their minds and to reach for expansive goals. This philosophy also allows time to internalize a concept before moving on. Elementary age children are naturally curious. We support their inquisitive nature with a broad curriculum. Instead of giving them the right answers to questions they may ask, we ask them the right questions, leading them to discover the answers for themselves.
Being in community with one another is, perhaps, one of the greatest joys of a Montessori Elementary program. The children operate a democratic community of young scholars, where individual opinion is valued and personal responsibility is expected. Children are encouraged to take risks, and mistakes are considered learning opportunities. Process is valued more than the product and the children work to satisfy their own needs.
Working in uninterrupted blocks of time, the child can choose the order and scope of their work. Through a respectful relationship with the teacher, the child creates a work schedule to take advantage of the entire reach of the curriculum. In addition, the child keeps careful track of their work, planting the seeds of organization and time management. The curriculum offers a wide range of subjects that extend well into the higher levels. Yet, we follow the interests and abilities of each child, with a goal of self-directed, enthusiastic learners.