“Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core.” - Maria Montessori
Our oldest students have consolidated the earlier skills and begin to move towards abstraction, reasoning, and continued experiential learning, during this three year cycle. An ongoing emphasis on independence and responsibility supports the development of life skills that were initiated in earlier years. Through frequent conferences with their teacher, the students monitor their own progress and guidance is provided towards achieving academic balance.
Our children work for understanding and learning, not graded results. They are creative problem solvers, who can persevere and take responsibility for themselves and others.
Active participants in their classrooms and with their peers, our children continue their social, intellectual, and moral development. They have been well prepared by their earlier experiences to approach a challenging curriculum of advanced ideas in literature, history, science, mathematics, and language. A combination of individual and small group lessons, discussion, collaborative problem solving, and guided instruction support the Upper Elementary students in increasing their skills and abilities.
As in the Lower Elementary level, our program takes an alternate approach to the “teaching to the middle” practice common in more traditional environments (the education practice of teaching to the average student level in the class, resulting in boredom for those who are more experienced and frustration for those who are less experienced with the subject). The students receive individual lessons targeted at helping the child reach the next step in his or her own level of development. Individual students are assessed on an ongoing basis to determine comprehension of concepts, level of skill, and the next step that is appropriate for that individual child.
At the conclusion of the full elementary sequence, our children are confident individuals who possess not only a love of learning but the skills to initiate and complete independent work. Our children work for understanding and learning, not graded results. They are creative problem solvers, who can persevere and take responsibility for themselves and others. Our students go on - to the schools of their choice - with skills that enable them to adapt and succeed in a range of educational and future professional environments.
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