“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

Lower Elementary

Learning How to Think

(6 – 9 years)

Six to Nine Years of Age

Our Lower Elementary Program continues to offer respect for the individual in a classroom designed to meet the needs of children from the ages of six through nine. It covers the traditional grades of first through third in a multi-sensory, multi-aged classroom.

Collaboration, Imagination and Curiosity

The Montessori environment for the students aged 6 – 9 years provides education to develop the child’s understanding of how and why his/her world works. Classrooms and curriculum are designed to promote collaboration, imagination and curiosity as well as independence, knowledge, love of learning and respect for diversity and nature.

Experience and Exploration

The emphasis is on experience and exploration. Children in a Montessori classroom learn by doing; hence, the classroom is rich with Montessori materials and resources. Students are moving from concrete understanding to abstract thinking in a peaceful and respectful environment where each child feels safe emotionally, physically and academically.

Learning Occurs Beyond the Classroom

The Lower Elementary students take several “off campus’ excursions 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.

“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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CLMS Curriculum

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.

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Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 S. Country Club Rd

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-0013