By the time students reach the Elementary classroom, they typically have a solid foundation in concrete mathematical understanding. They are ready to use more abstract materials to deepen their number sense, to memorize math facts that they can then access easily, and to activate prior knowledge and apply it to a new concept. The works continue to be paced by the student’s own abilities, so each child is consistently learning and challenging him or herself.
Elementary students are so curious about the world around them. They want to explore and understand everything! In science lessons, the focus is on understanding the properties of the real world. Students watch a model of an experiment that they can then recreate as many times as they would like. Through this exploration, students discover truths about the way the world works.
A beautiful hallmark of a Montessori classroom is the map cabinet. Each continent has its own puzzle-style map and a control map that lists all the countries. Through repeated exposure to these maps in varied ways, as well as exploration of a globe and atlas, students self-direct their learning about the world. They learn about land features, topography, climate, and much more—all at their own pace.
Children grow so much in reading and writing throughout their elementary years. Through leveled materials and self-directed study, students can hone these skills at their own pace. Some works target comprehension, others focus on spelling, handwriting, grammar, story writing, or phonics. The teacher gives direct instruction and students use the self-guided works to practice their skills.
Hebrew is an exciting language to learn. Phonetic rules always apply (unlike English!) and each word is built from a root. Our Hebrew language curriculum allows students to practice these rules and roots in ways that build upon each other to facilitate decoding, writing, and comprehension.
The Torah is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We engage directly with the text as students learn to read and translate the Chumash. We learn about the values derived from the Torah through song and stories. Students learn the 613 Mitzvos and think about those they can apply in their daily lives, such as loving their neighbors, being kind to animals, and how to care for the poor and the sick. Of course, we learn all about the Jewish holidays and enjoy celebrating together.