Students at this level widen their horizons through an expanding curriculum. Abundant materials foster optimum development of reading, spelling and writing skills, Math operations emphasize the understanding of process as well as accuracy in computations. Acquired basic skills are then applied in interdisciplinary themes. In science, students research, classify, observe and do experiments. Work in cultural subjects includes the study of needs of people around the world and throughout history. Diverse learning experiences in music and art are enhanced with special educational materials.
An interactive learner-centered environment provides small and whole group cooperative activities in addition to individualized instruction.
We use a grading system that reflects the level of proficiency for each student. This means that students must demonstrate a mastery of the lesson to be learned before they proceed to the next progressive lesson. Report Cards are sent home every nine weeks.
As adults, we understand the purpose of writing and its natural value. Students of course, need to be taught how to write. Writing requires controlled physical movement and extensive practice using a pencil. In the Montessori classroom, the metal insets and sandpaper letters help to develop the fine motor skills essential to control a pencil.
Our goal is to encourage individualized pacing and flexibility, so that each student reaches maximum potential. We teach our students that education is more than memorization. It is the ability to concentrate, read and write fluently, research with confidence, complete projects, and work productively. Even though we use the Montessori approach, we use additional ideas and materials based on current Texas educational standards.
Additional activities for students include trips to the local library, field trips, and gym class.