WHAT IS ELEMENTARY I (E1)?
Children, ages 6-9 (1st-3rd grade equivalent), are a part of the Elementary I (E1) classroom. The full curriculum is designed to be completed over a 3 year period. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, subjects are offered in an integrated way and the children come to understand how everything they learn is interrelated. Children will work at their own pace. The learning environment continues to be based on the use of concrete Montessori materials and children learn through experience and discovery.
The core curriculum for Elementary I students consists of the following areas of learning:
- Cultural Studies
- Social Skills
WHAT MAKES ELEMENTARY I (E1) UNIQUE? – Classrooms are designed for multiple age groups. New Discoveries has a high staff-to-student ratio for E1 classrooms. Our classrooms have a strong sense of community with student-to-student mentoring and shared responsibilities.
THE FREEDOMS OF ELEMENTARY I (E1). – Movement, choice, and repetition (the Three Freedoms) are a focus throughout Montessori learning. Montessori Materials are used by offering concrete to abstract learning. E1 students use to focus on self-regulating – creating independence.
ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF ELEMENTARY I (E1)? – The ability to have small group lessons or presentations. Teaching “Whole Life or Whole Being Education” (not just academics). Fostering excellence, respect and accountability. E1 students are allowed to progress beyond and without limitations.
MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS? – New Discoveries Montessori Academy is aligned with Minnesota Academic Standards. NDMA has a strong foundational reading and mathematics skill building. NDMA provides rich science and social studies experiences for students. Lessons will be aligned to Minnesota State standards. Minnesota State Standards