Upper Elementary: Grades 4-6
Often using extensions of Montessori materials experienced earlier, the older elementary student moves into advanced studies in language, math and geometry.
The Montessori curriculum is organized as a program of integrated studies, and the studies of early man and ancient civilizations will include the study of simple machines, technology, language and art.
In language, the student continues studying the parts of speech and sentence analysis, now including the conjugation of verbs. All of this is done in English and Spanish. Spelling and creative exercises are regular weekly activities. For the love of reading, these students meet together once a week for a tea party book club.
Extensions of the math materials used in earlier years lead into the study of algebra, square roots, cubing, and decimal fractions. A great deal of math time is spent in the study of geometry. The students build geometric shapes and solids and measure lines, angles, area and volume, looking for equivalencies and ratios.
Science involves further study of geographic phenomena such as volcanoes, winds and ocean currents, the classification of rocks, and, as well, the classification of the five kingdoms of life. Students build molecules and follow their changes as elements move through the water cycle and the five biogeochemical cycles.
In the fall, older students research and give a presentation on one period of American history, and all students then participate in the production of an American history play. Older students also play the role of delegates to a model United Nations conference. They research a world problem, present their solution and participate in debate.
Like the lower elementary students, these students perform American historical dances as well as dances from other cultures, from the Viennese waltz to Bhangra or Punjabi dance. They accompany many of the songs and dances playing instruments taught to them by a teacher certified in the Orff Schulwerk method.