As children move from Early Childhood to Elementary, they begin the process of transitioning from concrete learning to abstract representation. Our goal is not only to teach academics, but to spark curiosity, to inspire wonder and the reasoning faculty of imagination that asks, Why? and What if?
5 Big Questions
The Montessori Elementary curriculum is built around what we call the Five Great Stories. Our multi-sensory, interdisciplinary approach promotes deep learning. Students not only acquire the knowledge and skills they need but understand them in context and are introduced to the history of ideas.
Great Story #1: The Coming of the Universe
This is a story about the universe, our solar system, and our planet from the very beginning to what we know now in conjunction with scientific experiments, encompassing chemistry, the physics of gravity, electricity, and magnetism, geology, and geography.
Great Story #2: The Coming of Life
This is the broad story of how life came about on Earth and the progression of plant and animal life through time. It includes the disciplines of Biology, Zoology along with the concepts of habitats, ecosystems, and food systems, Botany, an introduction to genetics, the cell, systems of the human body, and the Taxonomy of all living organisms.
Great Story #3: The Coming of Human Beings
Beginning with our earliest ancestors, this story traces the development of human beings and human civilization. It includes Archaeology, Anthropology, History up through Current Events, Governments, systems of money, important discoveries and inventions and landmarks of Music and Art.
Great Story #4: The Origin of Language
Elementary children learn both the history of language – from pictograms to alphabets – as well as studying language in its spoken and written forms. This includes Grammar and Syntax, Composition, Reading, Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language.
Great Story #5: The Origin of Numbers
This story encompasses Mathematics and the development of number systems from ancient civilization through the present. Topics include Numeration, static and dynamic Operations, Squaring and Cubing, Measurement, Fractions, Graphs, Decimals, Ratio and Percent, the Geometry of Lines, Planes, Figures and Solids, Volume and Area, Polygons, an introduction to Statistics and Probability, and the Algebraic concepts of working with integers, scientific notation, and equations.
“At some given moment it happens that the child becomes deeply interested in a piece of work; we see it in the expression on his face, his intense concentration, the devotion to the exercise.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Experience and Exploration
Children in a Montessori classroom learn by doing. Designed to promote imagination and curiosity, love of learning, and respect for diversity and nature, our Montessori program for the students aged 6 – 9 years covers the traditional grades of first through third.
Now that they have learned to a level of physical, intellectual, and emotional self-mastery, students take the developmental steps required to move from concrete understanding to abstract thinking. It’s critically important that this happens in a peaceful and respectful environment where each child feels safe emotionally, physically, and academically.
Imagination and Collaboration
Your child at this age has a strong drive for social connection. They are starting to develop deeper friendships and a connection to the community around them. We meet that natural need for social connection by giving lessons in small groups and encouraging children to work together on projects and help each other before asking an adult, so that they experience teamwork and being part of a community. As they get older, more confident and self-aware, they will naturally begin to develop their capacity for independent thought.
Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. with dismissal from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Physical Education classes are taught daily in a full-size gymnasium by a physical education instructor. Art, Music, and Spanish taught by specialists are an integral part of CLMS curriculum. Children bring their own lunches. The meal is eaten together, family style, with their teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn manners, courtesy and social skills.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
The Lower Elementary students take several off-campus field trips during the school year as well as an overnight trip to Timber-lee outdoor education center in southern Wisconsin. The students also participate in the annual Thanksgiving Feast with the entire school and an annual Science Fair.
Elementary and Middle School students start their mornings with a Community meeting on Zoom and follow a schedule throughout the school day of group, small group, and one-on-one lessons in Math, Language, Science, History, and Culture with time for Specials and other enrichment topics. Our class sizes are small, with an average of less than 20 students led by a team of two teachers, giving your child the opportunity to connect multiple times a day.
Each of our students receives an individualized learning plan, tailored to their specific skills and learning objectives, allowing them to go deeper, farther, and faster while still learning at their own pace.
What Parents Say
“Every child is different, learns at different paces and has different strengths. School shouldn’t be a ‘one size fits all,’ where children fall through the cracks…”
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