ELEMENTARY PROGRAM 

Lower El and Upper El

Middle Creek Montessori offers a unique educational opportunity for elementary children based on the dynamic learning principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our Montessori Elementary program is a rich blend of hands-on educational experiences designed to nurture and enhance the natural unfolding of your child as a whole, unique person. At Middle Creek Montessori, our students love to learn.

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Montessori Elementary Curriculum

 

Through careful observation, sensitivity to individual learning styles, and understanding of the timelines of development, we offer each child a stimulating academic program in an integrated course of study that includes literature, creative writing, mathematics, geometry, history, geography, botany, zoology, chemistry, art, music, and physical education.

 

Language

 

The Montessori Language Arts curriculum includes a strong emphasis on reading, writing, and spelling focusing on topics such as phonogram study, literature, creative writing, penmanship, dictionary skills, poetry, and grammar.

 

Mathematics

 

Building on the skills learned in preschool, the Elementary curriculum teaches the four operations, geometry, fractions, time, money, measurement, and algebraic thinking.

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Cosmic Education

 

The Montessori approach to history, geography, botany, zoology, and chemistry includes an integrated study of the earth's formation and history, plant and animal kingdoms, and geography. Lessons and activities are designed to teach fundamental concepts as the children discover the wonder and scope of the universe and our place in it.

  • History: Our program includes the study of time, the time line of life, the fundamental needs of people, and how these needs are met in various cultures.

  • Geography: Our study of geography includes a detailed study of the continents and oceans, earth science, and the study of countries and capitals.

  • Botany: Children build an understanding of plants as one of the key components that sustain life on Earth. Studies include the five kingdoms of classification for living organisms, plant anatomy and physiology, gardening, and plant industries.

  • Zoology: Children overview the animal kingdom and explore animal needs.

  • Chemistry: Our curriculum includes an introduction to basic atomic theory, elements, compounds, mixtures, and states of matter. These topics are presented in an easy to understand manner.

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Enrichment Activities

  • Art: Our mixed media art curriculum is designed to inspire children to explore their own creativity as a means of expression. As the children dive into their artistic studies, we see them ignite with sparks of imagination, beauty, and artistic expression. In addition, art is integrated into themes covered in all other subject areas.

  • Music: The music program has several components. These include music appreciation, history, singing, and movement as well as making music with a variety of instruments, writing music, and reading musical notation. The Upper Elementary has a band program that allows children to choose an instrument to play throughout the year.

  • Advanced Practical Life: Our practical life program is designed to foster creativity, concentration, and the continued development of fine motor skills while evoking a sense of respect for others and the environment. Some of our practical life activities include cooking, cleaning, gardening, knitting, crafts, animal care, and positive ways of promoting social graces.

  • Health Enhancement: Our physical education program includes daily outside play and exercise as well as:

    • Skill building activities, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, and relay races

    • Development of good sportsmanship, leadership, and perseverance

    • Ice skating and sledding (January to March)

    • Nutrition and health

    • Running (weather permitting)

  • Foreign Languages: Working with the World Language Initiative, we provide several different languages throughout the school year including Mandarin, French, and Spanish.  The goal of this program is, "to offer authentic and engaging world language and culture programming, resulting in a more welcoming community, and students who are better prepared for a globalized world".

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