What about Montessori Elementary?
A Montessori child enters the elementary program with curiousity, self-discipline, initiative, persistence, concentration and a positive attitude towards school. The elementary environment responds to the child’s expanding view of the universe. Although some of the materials from pre-school are present, they are used in more complex ways. New materials are introduced as the child moves towards abstract thinking, developing the imagination to embrace concepts larger than the immediate environment.
Although following the Saskatchewan curriculum as presented by the Ministry of Education, emphasis is placed on the connections between the different areas of study, not a mere presentation of detail. A complete Montessori education provides your child with an integrated, individualized and academically challenging program. No subject is studied in isolation from the others. Knowledge is intertwined even though discrete in its parts. This develops sustained conviction in the child around the themes of progress and interdependency. They also build a sense of the importance of making a contribution to the continuing stream of human progress. Thus, it is, that Montessori elementary provides the foundations for life commitment.
The child’s developing imagination and powers of abstraction are balanced with down-to-earth, concrete, hands-on materials. Montessori provides diverse and creative passages to abstraction. For example, mathematics is presented through three-dimensional, manipulative materials that reveal simultaneously arithmetic, geometric and algebraic correlations – each providing a concrete way to experience an abstract concept. Grammar materials use symbols and visual patterns to help the child discover parts of speech and analyze the structure, style and logic of sentences. This also holds true for disciplines such as botany, zoology and geography.