A Typical Day
8:30-11:30 Uninterrupted Morning Work Cycle
11:30-12:30 Family Style Lunch & Service Jobs
12:30-1:30 Outside Time
1:30-3:00 Afternoon Work Cycle
What's it all about?
For the Montessori elementary student there is a dual emphasis on basic skills in Math and Language as well as a fully developed cultural curriculum, particularly in the areas of History, Geography, and Biology. In our school, Math and Language skills, while important in the education of the elementary student, are at the service of the cultural curriculum, following the emphasis of Maria Montessori herself on "Cosmic Education." Through an integrated presentation of History, Geography, and Biology, the students learn their place in the human community, the larger community of life and, ultimately, within the universe itself.
While not a requirement, prior experience in a Montessori Primary classroom is recommended before joining our elementary program. Any student enrolling from another school may be asked to participate in a six-week trial period. Ensuring a transition is successful for both new student and the existing classroom community is our top priority.
Included in the Montessori curriculum for the LE student, are Music, Art. Spanish and Health instruction. These subjects are incorporated into the weekly schedule as both isolated and inclusive instructional experiences with a scheduled weekly lesson and opportunities for additional practice throughout the week.
When available, instruction in these areas is implemented by existing staff members versed with that skill. Should the need arise, additional professionals are contracted to come in and provide specialized instruction.
Another non-traditional educational experience elementary students exercise is service to others. Initially, this takes the form of service jobs throughout the OGMS campus, such as daily Toddler Helper, recycling and composting, greeting visitors as Student Ambassadors, assisting with school events, and the like. In addition, LE students connect with the larger, Carroll County community, by providing service through efforts such as fundraising for non-profit organizations, collecting foods for local soup kitchen, or providing entertainment to local nursing home residents. Like Montessori, we believe it is essential for each student to develop a strong sense of responsibility towards themselves, others, and their community.