Jul 20, 2019 - Saturday
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Elementary School

Elementary Curriculum

Elementary: For students ages 6 – 12.


8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Students should arrive between 8:00 to 8:30 am to ensure they are not tardy.

Extended daycare:  Our extended daycare is available for the parents’ convenience.  We provide daycare from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Children at the elementary level

At Montessori Children’s Academy we are preparing the children for life and their future.  From first grade, children take an excited approach towards learning.  Their attention turns to reasoning and logic and understanding why and how things work becomes a priority.  Their imagination is vivid and they want to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste everything in the world.  Abstract thinking also begins to develop as well as logical thinking.  Children this age are becoming more intellectually independent and greatly advancing their social skills.

The students will continue to utilize Montessori materials independently to develop their abstract thinking and to explore different areas of academia.   The environment is still open and free and the elementary student can learn and explore limitlessly.


Language –Building on what was previously learned, elementary students will learn language mechanics, dictionary & research skills, literature, fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, plays, and current events.

Mathematics – Students will continue to develop number sense, math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), measurement, time, fractions, money, word problems, problem solving, geometry, probability, decimals, integers, geometry, and algebra.

Science – Students will learn about the world they live in.  They will also learn how they can cause changes in their immediate and global environment.  Students will learn life science, physical science, Earth science, biology, and scientific reasoning (hypothesis, testing, etc.).

Cultural Studies – Children develop a stronger sense of wonder and empathy when learning cultural studies. We will continue teaching and providing materials in the subjects of history, literature and geography.

Practical life – Students will learn physical skills, environmental awareness, respect, independence, self-care, nutrition, safety, health, time management, organization skills, and problem solving.

Visual Arts – Teachers will continue strengthening creativity, problem solving and self-expression.  We will also incorporate lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture and collage making.  Students will learn lines, shapes, form, color concepts, texture, patterns, organization, and spatial awareness.

Music – Song and dance offer fun, self-expression, and healthy socialization all while building confidence.  Moreover, song and dance help create strong bonds and friendships between students.

Physical education – We teach students the importance of health and physical fitness at a very young age.  We move, run, jump, roll and stretch to promote health, longevity, self-esteem, and increase concentration as well as energy.  Additionally, children are able to understand how far they can push themselves physically and learn what their bodies are capable of doing.

Parent participation

Parents are kindly asked not to participate in class activities during school hours.  This causes a dependence upon the parent as well as creates a distraction in the classroom for both students and teacher.  However, parents are more than welcome to come into the classroom to observe progress.  We request that your presence is not disruptive to scheduled activities or other children.