You will see the genuine cooperative spirit of the Montessori philosophy during an interactive work period in a classroom. This multi-age grouping with peer teaching and learning is one of the hallmarks of the Montessori Method.
Elementary students go through a period of heightened social development. Group activity, community service, and going off campus to engage in the outside world (example , theatre or museum) are important activities. Learning about the government, elections, famous people, and current events are topics to discuss as we foster concern for the world around us.
Our elementary students work on a continuum of the Montessori materials. Their program also includes karate, musical instruments, and technology, all taught by specialized educators. Time management is reinforced with weekly goal journals, a practice that allows students to make daily choices. Setting goals teaches responsibility and independence and prepares them for the next stage of child development. Peer teaching and learning continues with our older students as they work together in a contributive spirit.
The goal for the elementary child is to develop an understanding of life in general. They strive to develop an awareness of the similarities of the basic needs of all mankind and an appreciation for the wide variety of ways in which those needs are met. We encourage an awareness of the interdependence of men and nations with a desire for cooperation and peace. The 6 – 9 age group is very curious and needs to reach outside the classroom for more answers. Wonder is intrinsic to their learning.
Studies are integrated, not only in terms of subject matter, but in terms of moral learning as well. The result in this type of study is appreciation and respect for life, moral empathy, and a fundamental belief in what is right.
The elementary program focuses on developing interaction of students with an interdisciplinary curriculum which is designed specifically to meet the needs of children at this stage of development. Included in the Montessori program are karate, Spanish, technology, and musical instruments and band.
Marlboro Montessori Academy offers a joyful, academically–rich learning environment in which each student is supported and challenged to discover strengths and explore opportunities in an atmosphere of respect for self, others, and the environment. The classroom reflects a new stage of development and curriculum expansion.
Marlboro Montessori Academy’s Elementary classes offer an intellectually challenging program whereby children learn in their style and at their pace. Our curriculum supports self-motivation over peer competitiveness as a much more useful tool of personal accomplishment.
Their amazing imaginations are dramatically propelled into the study of the universe. The interest in integrated studies of science, technology and geography all come naturally to elementary students. It is in these disciplines that they can challenge the world with their question of “why not?”
During this century other Montessori students have asked similar questions and, subsequently, had a major impact on the entire world. Founders of Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon were all students of Montessori schools where their creativity and exploration gave them the confidence to challenge traditional ways of thinking.
As children mature through these elementary years, they gain the ability to go from concrete to abstract thinking; they are fascinated with all aspects of their culture and the grandeur of the world.
During the Montessori elementary years, students are very centered around the question…why, where, when, and how. These questions are often the basis for exploration and discovery.
Elementary students demonstrate an intense desire to develop strong connections with their peers. They take increasing responsibility for their conduct and to the environment. This is a time of increased awareness of moral behavior and making right choices. Development of moral codes are established among fellow students.
The elementary classrooms are multi-age settings which foster the spirit of family and community. Mixed-age grouping provides mentoring opportunities among the students. Peer teaching is key to the success of fostering confidence and self-esteem in students of Montessori Schools.
In 2004, the Marlboro Montessori Academy and Jean Avery received a United States Patent for math teaching materials. These innovative “Math Made Easy” learning boards give students the hands-on Montessori approach to understanding basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.