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 weekly lesson and opportunities for additional practice throughout the week.
Another non-traditional educational experience elementary students participate in is service to others. Initially, this takes the form of tasks that help maintain the daily care of the environment (classroom). From there, roles move beyond the classroom to other areas of campus, such as a assisting with Toddlers during playtime, recycling and composting, or greeting visitors during school-wide events. 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.