What is the Montessori Method?
The Montessori Method offers an approach to early childhood education that has been proven to cultivate critical learning capabilities, problem-solving, and creativity for over 100 years. More than a vessel for private primary education, our top-rated private elementary school programs focus on specific objectives for each stage of development to help every child thrive. Learn more about our objective and curriculum below or contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful school in Bellevue, Washington.
How do the students spend their time?
With guidance from loving teachers, and the freedom to explore and express, our students spend time in their classrooms building a strong foundation upon which to learn and grow. As they learn to navigate through their thoughtfully prepared space, they discover and build upon new skills that bolster their social, physical, cognitive and emotional abilities.
Curriculum Goals for Elementary Students
Our Elementary program students are ready to move from concrete work into more abstract thinking, and they begin to make connections across curriculum subjects and into the world around them. When your child moves up to our private Elementary school program, they continue to build academic competencies and life skills. Not only do they expand their base of knowledge, but, through our support, they cultivate a desire to know more. Our students love learning, and our top-rated Elementary school program is the place to maximize that enthusiasm.
Your child hones their fine motor development and refines their writing and motor skills. They also learn about sustainable lifestyles including organic gardening and healthy living. We incorporate field trips into our private Elementary school curriculum in order to help children connect to the world around them, and most often these trips tie into specific curriculum in science, history, culture, art, language and math.
In our elementary school curriculum, your child builds upon their sensory skills and continues to refine them. They cultivate and hone the skills needed to excel in math and language.
Through our language arts coursework, your child develops listening and speaking skills and builds holistic comprehension of reading and writing. This includes:
Learning the building blocks of language including parts of speech, prefixes, suffixes, contradictions, compound words, and syntax.
Exploring language extensions including spelling and vocabulary, punctuation, grammatical work usage, and phonograms, oral and silent reading, lowercase and cursive alphabets.
Increasing comprehension through identifying and recounting plots, understanding chronological order of events and drawing conclusions, creative writing, journal writing, and editing skills.
Your child expands their understanding of math and numbers through a variety of hands on activities. The use of specialized materials guides them from concrete work into more abstract thinking and processing. Through our various elementary school lessons they explore patterns, fraction operations, finding the greatest common divisor, skip counting, base systems, estimation, decimals, percentages, algebra, geometry, word problems, tables, graphs, and problem solving.
Your child builds upon their concept of the world they live in and further explores and experiences it. Our private Elementary school students learn about:
The Earth and universe: land and water formations, gravity and laws of motions
Fundamentals of physics: matter, atomic structure, molecules, the periodic table of elements, laws of physics such as gravity, magnetism and the study of other invisible forces
Electricity: a basic understanding, definitions of volt, ampere, ohm and watt, understanding of electrical circuits
Plant life: plant survival, plant classification, biomes and ecosystems, nomenclature and definitions
Animal life: cells, the five kingdoms, vertebrates and invertebrates, animal research, human body, animal physiology
Health Science and Nutrition: How their bodies work, and how bodies and food work together.
Your child develops a better understanding of the world and its people through exploring their city and state, as well as places far beyond our borders. Your student dives into their orientation to their own environment including their classroom, neighborhood, and community. They learn the globe through identifying countries, map puzzles, and map drawings. They study continents, the people in them, cultural elements, transportation, plants, and animals. They learn a timeline of life on earth, our planet’s geology, major land and bodies of water.
Through social studies, your child gains a greater understanding of our state, country and world. They grow their knowledge of culture, explore religious and economic pluralism, and navigate current context through news and contemporary issues.
Through exploring history, your child develops a better understanding of why we are the way we are. They work on timelines, learn about prehistoric life, the history of civilization, American history, and learn about the lives of important figures from the past and present.
Social and Emotional Skills
As your child continues to grow, they develop their social skills and a greater understanding of their interactions with others. Our private Elementary school children are on an entirely different plane of social development than they were in Primary, but the need for social education is still there. Your child learns to succeed in a community-based environment and gains a better understanding of how their actions affect the larger group.
Leadership & Community
Your child continues to develop skills for conflict resolution and their ability to manage emotions. Through thoughtfully constructed games and exercises, your child learns techniques and strategies to keep perspective while maintaining self-control and self-respect in any situation. Leadership opportunities abound as children turn their own ideas into projects and coordinate a team approach for seeing them through to completion.
Your child builds their physical capabilities by engaging in fitness building activities and using self-assessment tools and skills to support their physical health. They play team sports and develop team-building skills, sportsmanship, social competencies and the ability to solve problems. They also delve into health and nutrition and gain better understanding of the human body and factors that influence growth and development. An integral part of our physical education program stems from our belief that all children must have a basic understanding about water safety, so we provide all of our private Elementary school students with weekly Swim Lessons at the Samena Swim and Recreation Club.
Our private Elementary school students continue to explore art as a process, but the complexity of their planning and execution grows with the projects they take on. They develop their artistic expression using various mediums including knitting, sewing, paint, oils, pastels, pottery and pencils. They also learn about basic elements of art including shapes, lines, textures and styles, with study of various famous artists to support these concepts.
Elementary students build on their previous work with musical concepts by learning technical terminology for various musical components. They begin working with notation and note length, differentiate between steady beat and rhythm, and learn about structural form. Children are introduced to the families of instruments, and they begin lessons on the recorder. They continue to coordinate movement with song, and showcase their knowledge in our annual Winter Performance.
Students in our Elementary curriculum begin learning computer basics, including typing skills, parts of a computer, word processing for reports and research techniques.
Living Montessori STEAMs Ahead in their HOT HOUSE OF INNOVATORS!
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Going beyond STEM education, Living Montessori incorporates the creativity and innovation that only the Arts can provide into the technical skills that come from traditional STEM activities.
Our carefully designed STEAM space provides an environment that encourages exploration and discovery, experimentation, innovation and creativity. It inspires children through scientific experimentation, structural building, circuitry and motorization, open-ended art, mechanics and technology. In our STEAM room, your child develops critical skills in inquiry, creation, ingenuity, problem solving and collaboration.