The Montessori Children’s House Elementary Program strives to meet the intellectual, social and emotional needs of the elementary child, nurturing a love of learning. With one Lower Elementary class for children in First-Third Grades and one Upper Elementary class for Fourth-Sixth Grades, the small community size creates optimal opportunities for personal and academic growth, independence, encouraging self-respect and self-reliance.
All members of the MCH Elementary faculty hold teaching Montessori teaching credentials awarded by the American Montessori Society. Professional development is encouraged and supported at a variety of levels so that the teachers are passionate, inspired and current.
Montessori Children’s House offers:
Community of Learners
The Montessori Elementary classroom is a community of learners, friends, and guides. The low teacher-student ratio at MCH ensures that each child is welcomed, honored and respected. Both Lower and Upper Elementary students discover many opportunities for leadership and learning through collaborations and small group projects.
“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees and all of the life to be found around them, in a real forest...” -Dr. Maria Montessori
MCH offers an extraordinarily rich education. Outdoor education is a vital part of student’s educational experience. Our extensive gardens, the nature trail and our farm animals provide an extraordinary outdoor classroom for our elementary students. Life science studies have direct correlation to our botanical and zoological resources. Students have regular opportunities to experience first-hand care of animals, care of earth, and gardening.
Hands-on Curriculum Rich in Science, Culture & Academics
The Montessori Elementary curriculum is precisely suited to the needs of 6-12 year olds, and is extraordinarily comprehensive. The six to nine year old child is intensely curious. This child’s imaginative powers are profound, matched only by an exuberant eagerness to know where, why, how, and when. The nine to twelve year old child is developing a stronger sense of self and explores new interests. Social acceptance and feelings of achievement are becoming even more important.
Basic skills in language, math, science and the arts are the tools needed to aid the quest for knowledge. In addition to developing reading, writing, math computation and math concept skills to their highest degree, through our studies of the cultural subjects (history, fine arts, geography, botany, zoology, astronomy, geology, and the physical sciences), children discover the world for themselves.
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Individual Pacing and Assessment in a Multi-age Classroom
Montessori Elementary gives children the opportunity to continue to progress at their own pace in an environment that nurtures a love of learning. The program encourages children to function at the upper limits of their potential while respecting and nurturing individual abilities. Students take responsibility for their own learning and have daily opportunities to make decisions and choices in a child centered classroom. They are exposed to many complex concepts at an early age through the use of wonderful concrete learning materials.
At the Elementary level, Montessori students learn to think for themselves. They are encouraged to do their own research, analyze what they have found, and come to their own conclusions. Montessori teaches students to think, not simply to memorize, feedback, and forget. They literally learn how to learn, discovering that the process of learning can, and should, be as natural as breathing! Students become fully engaged in the learning process. Each student is assessed and guided on an individual basis, according to Montessori best practices and current research.
Weekly in-class programs with specialists include: Physical Education, Spanish, Music & Songwriting, Group Chorus, Fine Art, and Library Skills.
MCH offers Before & After School Care from 7:30—8:45 am and 3:30—6:00 pm.
Different after-school clubs occur throughout the school year, offering fun, extended time with specialists and experts.