Lower Elementary Curriculum

Dr. Montessori’s vision for Elementary education begins with a series of story lessons about the origin of the earth, the beginning of life, and the coming of human beings and their accomplishments, including the development of language and number systems. Also known as Cosmic Education or Universal Education, this approach recognizes that every form of life, from coral in the sea to insects in the air to human beings on land, has its purpose and task in the universe. Each area of study is related to the whole body of human knowledge, and subject matter is presented with harmony and cohesion. This universal approach provides students with a wealth of knowledge to explore and also begs the question, ‘What is your purpose and task in the world?’

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  • Geography and Cultural Study

    The Elementary curriculum begins with the Story of the Universe which introduces students to the wonders of all sciences and geography. The three-year geography curriculum then follows, including physical, political, economic and human geography.  This rea of study includes small group lessons, research projects and self-study.  Cultural study is emphasized and includes the study of religion, art, music and food variety around the world.
  • Science and Math Curriculum

    The Story of the Coming of Life introduces the study of botanyzoology and ecology. Lessons in botany include study of the parts of the plant - leaf, root, stem, flower, fruit and seed - as well as plant classification. Lessons in zoology include the study of vertebrates and invertebrates, animal classification, and body systems and classes. Lessons in human anatomy begin with the importance of the flow of blood in our bodies. Lessons in ecology introduce students to the interconnectedness of all living things and the part they play in the preservation of the planet and its species. An introduction to chemistry and physics prepare the students for the challenges of the Middle School science curriculum.

    The Great Story of Numerals tells the history of numbers and their importance. Math study encompasses lessons in common math symbols, basic math operations and the order of operations. Elementary students study whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentage, integers and rational numbers. They also study powers of numbers, operations with exponents, square and cube root and powers of ten. The curriculum also includes study of graphs, probability and statistics, algebraic expressions and equations, ratio, rate and proportion. In geometry, students are introduced to basic geometric concepts which lead them to the study of area and volume. After acquiring the basic mathematical concepts, students apply this knowledge to solve word problems.
  • History Curriculum

    The Great Story of Human Beings introduces the development of humans throughout history. Lessons in history include the study of natural history, human history and the study of civilizations. Students learn about human inventions for the recording of time.
  • Language Arts and Spanish Curriculum

    The Story of Our Alphabet introduces the history of written communication. Grammar is taught through word study, parts of speech, logical analysis and syntax study. Language studies include spelling, capitalization, punctuation, interpretive reading, poetry and style. Lessons in written expression include study of phrases, clauses, sentences, sentence analysis and writing paragraphs. Language study also includes practice in the use of dictionaries, encyclopedias, the thesaurus and other reference materials. Students learn to outline, use story maps, and prepare rough drafts and final copies of their written work. These studies serve the students in both creative and practical writing. Literature studies include small group discussions, book reports and essay writing.

    The Elementary child is ready for a formalized study of world language, as he or she has had sensorial experiences in many languages, reads and writes in a native language, and is using abstraction as a common exercise in learning. Spanish is the chosen language of the Springmont Elementary curriculum.  Spansh vocabulary and pronunciation previously experienced in Primary classes are built upon at the Elementary level as students begin the excercise of reading and writing in Spanish.

    Spanish in the Elementary class is taught as an integrated part of the curriculum. The children learn Spanish in relation to the study of language, history, science and geography. Spanish in the Elementary classroom is approached through the study of grammar, sentence analysis and word study. Political and physical geography easily lend themselves to the study of Spanish-speaking countries and cultures. As the children become familiar with the spoken word, they sometimes arrange to go to Spanish-speaking community establishments to further their understanding of the culture. These excursions are called “going-out” trips.
  • Physical and Outdoor Education

    Springmont's Physical Education program offers many avenues for the mental and physical energies of our students. Activities for all children include body awareness, fitness, stretching, cooperative games, taking turns, listening skills and sportsmanship. Activities from team games to fitness regimes invite children to test their own skills and to challenge themselves. Those same activities invite creative thinking and social awareness as well as cooperation and awareness of good team behavior.

    The Physical Education program maintains emphasis on independence, freedom and discipline, and respectful interaction. The children enjoy the consistency in the approach to class management and in the approach to their individual development.

    Springmont Elementary students enjoy recess every day and have one recess period each week devoted to Physical Education class.

    Outdoor education is an integral part of Springmont's Elementary curriculum. It encompasses not only opportunities to explore through “going out” trips and field trips, but also the direct experience of the ecology of the child’s bioregion. The outdoor program fosters independence, self-confidence, responsibility and cooperation. It also encourages environmental awareness through adventure.

    Lower Elementary classes spend two days and one night each fall and each spring at Springmont's Poplar Springs 86-acre Landschool, located just 80 miles from campus in Summerville, Ga.  Trips include art projects and lessons with naturalists, as well as community building, cooking and hiking opportunities . Click here for more information for the Landschool.

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