The Lower Elementary curriculum focuses on strengthening skills in all academic areas. Work activities designed to develop critical thinking are introduced. Independence and self-management skills are cultivated through the use of daily and weekly planners. Communication skills and sense of community are cultivated through the culture curriculum, designed to instill in students a broader view of the world and a growing understanding of their place in it.
The Montessori curriculum is taught from large scope to small, moving from big-picture understanding to a focus on details. The children continue to work with concrete materials to explore academic areas, quickly discovering abstract methods to utilize.
Our academic curriculum aligns with the standards and frameworks set by the Czech Ministry of Education — and goes above and beyond by integrating Montessori methods and experiential learning thoughout. This allows our Czech students to transfer smoothly into their secondary schools, without requiring special admittance procedures or entrance exams.
A primary goal of the Lower Elementary Program is to prepare students for successful learning at the Upper Elementary level. To that end, supplemental non-Montessori activities are introduced at a growing rate around Third Grade along with opportunities for leadership and mentorship.
Who is the 6 to 9 year old?
From first grade through third grade, children are excited and ready to learn. Having reached a stage of physical stability, they enter into the age of reasoning and logic. Their imaginations are strong and are able to learn and think about things that they cannot see or touch. The Lower Elementary child is interested in exploring not only their immediate surroundings, but in knowing and understanding the bigger world.
Where the younger child is gaining physical independence, the elementary child is working on intellectual independence. The Lower Elementary child is also becoming very social, being with friends and working out issues of friendship and the appropriate behavior for groups becomes very important.
Dr. Montessori referred to the elementary stage as the Intellectual Period. Given an open and rich environment, there are no limits to what the child may learn and explore! Dr. Montessori saw this time as a critical time for expansive education, giving the children lessons and questions to guide their explorations of culture, science, mathematics, language and social rules and morals.
To this end, the IMSP Lower Elementary classroom is an exciting and busy place. The passion for learning is palpable, as the children delve into the many lessons available to them. They work both in groups and individually, learning to manage group dynamics, while they also master academic skills.