1st through 3rd Grade
Lower Elementary Program
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Our lower elementary program includes our same approach to genuine, authentic Montessori education for children in 1st through 3rd grade. During 1st to 3rd grade, children are actively social and begin to demonstrate an ability to think abstractly. Montessori education, at the lower elementary level, is designed to spark the imagination and to address the child’s need to interact with others.
This is a period of strong social interaction in which the child’s moral compass has advanced beyond the simple idea of fairness, to a desire to not only comprehend why humans act and react as they do, but to discover ways of solving societal problems. Students develop both academic and social skills that they will use in their adult professional and private lives. For instance working with others, group problem-solving, respectful conflict resolution, leadership, empathy, and compassion.
In Montessori, we describe this natural development phase as their second plane of development. At MMA, we have carefully crafted our curriculum to honor this plane of development while giving the child a well balanced academic diet. Each student receives individualized instruction in a beautifully created Montessori environment. This curated curriculum involves many subject areas including: