The Elementary II (EII) curriculum is a continuation of the Montessori educational experience. Students attending the upper elementary program acquire a strong foundation in academic skills and a genuine love of learning. Students are placed in a multi-age grouping consisting of ages 9-12 (4th-6th grade equivalent). The goal of the Elementary II (EII) curriculum is to lead the students to abstract work. Montessori materials at this level are used to promote classification and organization of information. Students continue to learn through experience and discovery. They explore the wider community through visits, field trips, and community service. They are responsible for planning activities within and outside the school. They do their own research, analyze their information and reach their own conclusions. By the end of the Elementary II (EII) Montessori program, students are expected to be independent learners who have learned how to learn.
- Cultural Studies
- Social Skills
Lessons will align to the Minnesota State Standards found below.
In addition to the above outlined Montessori curriculum, field trips, called “Going Out”, will be conducted on a regular basis and will be linked to the curriculum; supporting our understanding that student learning is not confined to the classroom. Outside experiences and time spent studying the communities in which they live are invaluable opportunities. Art, Environmental Education, Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education, and Technology are also included as natural extensions of the child’s day.
Art – Children will be taught to use art materials to create their own masterpieces in the Art Area in their classroom environment. Local artists will be contacted to share their expertise with children. We would like to offer an after-school enrichment program for those students interested in further art study. (arts and craft activities such as watercolor, pottery, etc.)
Environmental Education – Students will learn about their environment through hands-on and exploratory activities using their school surroundings as well as the community in which they live. Children will accomplish this through environmental projects, field trips, recycling efforts, assisting in maintaining the school classrooms and grounds, and caring for classroom plants and animals. Students will go on annual overnight class trips which offer a rich educational experience and an opportunity for personal growth. For the younger children, the trips will begin with a one night stay and expand to a week-long experience as they grow older. It is our goal that through Environmental Education children will gain a deeper appreciation of the natural world.
Music – Music will be a part of the daily classroom experience. In addition, students will have a weekly music class where children can sing, play instruments and learn the fundamentals of music. We would like to offer an after-school enrichment program for those students interested in further music study. (music lessons, choir)
Physical Education – All students will participate in large motor activities in their classroom and outdoors. A trained PE teacher will meet with students weekly.
Technology Education – Efficient use of technology is essential in the 21st century. All students will have access to quality computers that will be available in their classrooms. Appropriate software will be used as a learning tool and the vast array of information available on the internet will serve as a research tool. The children will begin developing keyboarding skills using an appropriate software program. Technology will not replace any part of the Montessori approach, but rather be integrated so that it complements the curriculum.
Throughout the day, Montessori teachers will inspire and guide the children through multiple lessons either individually or in small groups. Studies are guided by the child’s own questions. Through hands-on activities that explore various concepts, children are motivated to discover the “How?” and “Why?” leading to true understanding. This method is for all types of students, challenging the most capable students while offering the adaptability to support a variety of needs and learning styles. The classroom will be full of activity with children working at their own pace on the tasks and activities they have chosen. Some children will be working collaboratively with other children, while others work independently. The teacher may be seen presenting to a small group, holding a conference with a child, or observing and recording the flow of work in progress. Teachers will keep meticulous notes on children’s progress, prepare lengthy written evaluations of each child and communicate with families on a regular basis. Parents are an integral part of their children’s academic success and will be encouraged to be a part of their child’s educational experience.
The Montessori elementary curriculum encompasses the full mastery of basic skills, and goes well beyond promoting independent thinking and creativity. In addition, Montessori imparts other valuable life lessons such as how to work with other; peaceful resolution of conflicts; teaching and leading others; service to the community; ethical and social responsibility; and stewardship of the earth.
New Discoveries Montessori Academy:
- Offers a quality Montessori education that supports individual development.
- Uses Independent Learning Plans (ILP) to document personal learning styles and time lines.
- Allows students to reach their academic potential without grade level limits.
- Employs multi-age 2-3-year age group settings in a peaceful and caring community.
- Develops self-discipline and self-teaching abilities that will last a lifetime.
- Offers a staffing model that maximizes student/teacher interaction.
- Cultivates an appreciation for the beauty of the world they live in.
- Uses parents and community members as role models, mentors and resources.