Lower Elementary 1st - 3rd Grade
Maria Montessori spoke of the elementary years (ages 6-12) as the age of imagination and morality. Children of this lower elementary age (ages 6-9) are starting to realize that the world is an enormous, interesting place. They were given the gift of physical independence in the primary environment (ages 3-6) and are now looking for the intellectual independence of the elementary years. These students are curious and excited to learn everything they can during this period of time. These children want to study continents, cultures, scientific concepts, great literature, and mathematical concepts. Montessori wanted the world to become their classroom. The four core subjects (language arts, math, science, and social studies) are presented in full detail to the students within. The desire of the Montessori adult working with this age group is for the concrete materials to lead the child to abstraction as they move into the upper elementary.