Monday – Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Elementary (1-6th Level)
The Elementary Program guides students from their Montessori foundation through an innovative educational experience using a full range of Lower Elementary Montessori materials. The Montessori elementary curriculum builds on the preschool curriculum and inspires students to become independent thinkers. A Montessori elementary classroom may look quite different than a Montessori preschool environment as students reach the second plane of development and become more social.
For children ages 6-12, the elementary curriculum includes language, math, geometry, physical geography, cultural geography, history, botany, zoology, matter and astronomy. The classroom work frequently involves research, discussion, and large-scale projects.
Integrated studies provide students with unique and age-appropriate materials that help them to become accountable for their use of time, for accuracy in their work and to evaluate their strengths and areas of growth. Our students have individualized work plans to allow them to use time effectively and to make appropriate choices.
Students take on the responsibility for their learning. They become self- directed and self-initiating in their learning and discover that their curiosity can drive their learning. The habits for a life-long learner are laid down early in a Montessori education.
The students are encouraged to begin to think of the world outside our classroom walls and their special place in it. The individually paced curriculum challenges children academically and safeguards their well-being and sense of self. Engaging as contributing members of a respectful community, they learn to question, think critically, and take responsibility for their own learning—skills that will support them in later education and in life.
As at all Montessori levels, the Elementary program is based on the belief that children learn best through movement and work with their hands, and provides cognitive, social, and emotional support to help them reach their full potential.
All students follow the Beddow School dress-code, bring their own lunch and fresh fruit/vegetable snacks from home and may purchase a special school lunch on designated days. The elementary students go out for recess at least once a day.