In the young elementary years, students are fascinated with stories and asking big questions. They want to know where things come from and to learn about great accomplishments. The Lower Elementary curricula engages the student’s imagination and creativity while focusing on the broad concepts and skills that will provide the foundation for the more abstract work they will do in future years.
At Oak Meadow, there are five multi-age Lower Elementary classrooms (grades one, two, and three) that hold up to seventy-five students. The school day allows for blocks of concentrated work (individually, in pairs or, in small groups). The curriculum is a three-year cycle of study that includes five areas: Practical Life; Sensorial; Language; Math; and Culture (science, history, geography, art, music, and Spanish). Students also participate in physical education. They enjoy multiple opportunities to mix with their peers from other classes at certain times throughout each day. Daily circle time is used to foster a sense of community by providing opportunities to share experiences, present projects and work in a supportive environment building confidence, compassion, and communication and conflict resolution skills.
Students work with specially designed, multi-sensory materials that teach abstract concepts in a concrete manner. Lessons encourageself-discipline and enhance the student’s ability to concentrate. A highlight of our language arts program is Wilson Fundations, a scientifically based, sequential phonetic approach to learning language that is compatible with Montessori educational philosophy. With a low student/teacher ratio and with the help of assistants, a teacher can give patient attention to each student, and can determine a student’s learning style and interests. Prior attendance at a Montessori school is not a prerequisite for admission to the Lower Elementary program.
For a more detailed look at our Lower Elementary curriculum, follow the link below on the left.
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