Elementary Community: Children Ages 6-12
The St. Francis Montessori Elementary Casa provides an integrated curriculum for the 6-12 year old child, organized as a “cosmic education” of the child’s place in the universe: who they are, where they are, what has gone before to shape the present, the connectedness of all things in nature, events in history, and their contributions in the development of the world as they will come to know it.
All content areas interconnect with each other, reinforcing mastery and fluency of language and math skills in the course of presenting the overarching “cosmic education.”
The Language curriculum follows a definite order beginning with concrete materials, gradually moving towards the ultimate goal of abstraction. The Language curriculum is divided into different areas of study: word study, capitalization /punctuation, grammar, dictionary usage, sentence analysis and spelling. In each category, the child is presented lessons in a small group and is then given the opportunity to explore and discover independently.
Children are submerged in reading on a daily basis through independent study as well as group settings. Reading comprehension and writing is nurtured through creative writing, poetry, drama, composition, and research in the cultural subjects.
The Math curriculum follows a sequential order in a number of different areas of study. The children receive lessons in mathematical operations and basic facts of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, fractions, time, money, measurement, and geometry. Each concept is introduced using concrete materials. Children gradually work towards abstraction.
Cultural lessons are presented in the areas of Zoology, Botany, Life Sciences, Earth Science, Astronomy, Geography, Social Studies and History. Lessons encourage higher-level thinking skills and spark the child’s inner desire to research and discover. Concepts are explored in a tangible, hands-on approach through experiments, activities, and research.
Practical Life assumes a natural rhythm in everyday life in the prepared environment, caring for the space in which they live and learn and plants and animals indoors and outdoors.