In the second half of the SECOND PLANE OF DEVELOPMENT, upper elementary students are beginning to enter the realm of formalized thinking.
New concepts are still taught with concrete, manipulative materials, but students more quickly move away from the materials to work in the abstract.
Because of their early immersion into academic subjects, students are ready to tackle concepts more frequently saved for later grades, such as pre-algebra, higher level Botany and Zoology, and writing formal research papers. Goal setting, time-management, and personal accountability skills are stressed.
Characteristics of White Rock Montessori Upper Elementary Environments
Two upper elementary classrooms, each consisting of twenty-four students, ages 9-12 (coorelating to 4th through 6th grades)
- Each classroom directed by two teachers, both of whom are degreed and Montessori-certifid.
- The student/teacher ratio is 12:1
- Weekly classes with specialists in music, visual arts, environmental science, and Spanish
- Outdoor play daily (two classes per week with P.E. specialist)
- All students attend five days per week from 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
- Students remain in the same classroom with the same teacher throughout their upper elementary years.
- Concrete, manipulative materials organized into the following curricular areas:
- Research and Creative Writing
- Foreign Language (Spanish)
- Everyday Living Skills
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science/Gardening
- Physical Education