Elementary6 - 12 years
The Montessori program in this phase called ‘Elementary’ offers continuity in the experience previously built on in the ‘Children’s House’. The classroom environment reflects a new stage of development that has ‘cosmic education’ at its heart: the analysis of the cosmos as a universe of order and harmony, the study of its beauty, the presentation of intellectual challenges to respond to the child’s interest in the internal balance of things, their functioning and the laws that govern Nature.
The tools for ‘cosmic education’ are large posters and time lines, colorful experiments and stories, all building blocks for the imagination: simple, great and strong impressions.
- The integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history and language evokes imagination and abstraction in the child in the elementary phase.
- Presentation of the Great Lessons, in narrative and/or experiential format, that deal with the origin of the universe (astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, physics, geology, geography); the development of life (biology, botany, environment, evolution of life, zoology); the development of human beings (history, culture, social studies, scientific discoveries and inventions); communication (reading, writing, linguistics, structures of language, literature) and the history of numbers (mathematics, the origin of numbers, systems of numbers, geometry). The Great Lessons provide the child with a range of evocative explorations that are accessed through the imagination connected to a reasoning mind. There are three main areas of study: the history of the earth and living beings, the history of humanity and the history of human progress.
- Presentation of scientific language through zoology, botany, history, geography, geology, etc., exposing the child to organized and precise information.
- Use of time lines, photographs and other visual support tools, to provide a linguistic and visual image of the principles of each discipline.
- A mathematics curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously cover arithmetic, geometry and algebra.
- Guides trained in Montessori pedagogy with a generalist vision (teachers capable of integrating the teaching of all subjects).
- Emphasis on open investigations and deep study, using different tools to that effect.
- Building community through presentations of ‘Advanced Practical Life’, where the children learn the tools to take charge of themselves, such as learning to satisfy their own basic needs and progressively develop into autonomous individuals at the physical, emotional and intellectual level. One purpose in this area is the development of psychomotricity, which is intimately linked to the development of mental abilities. Self-care, manners and courtesy, caring for the classroom environment, the preparation of food, silence, circle time activities and practical activities like sewing, carpentry, etc., are all learning opportunities whereby the children solve individual or collective problems and collaborate helping other
- Protocol on conflict resolution based on communication for peace and understanding.
- Outings to explore resources beyond those offered in the classroom.
Similarly to Children’s House, the materials in Elementary have a purpose. They are conceived to evoke imagination, aid abstraction and generate a global vision around purpose and fundamental human needs.
The children work within a philosophical system, asking themselves questions about the origins of the universe, the nature of life, people and their differences, etc.
We undertake interdisciplinary studies that combine geology, biology and anthropology in the study of natural history and ecology.
Los estudios se integran no sólo por materias, sino también como aprendizajes morales sobre el respeto a la vida, la empatía y una profunda creencia en la contribución del individuo para crear un mundo de paz y la universalidad de las tendencias humanas, así como el significado de la justicia.