Elementary Program (The Intellectual Period )

(Ages 6 to 9 years)

Cosmic Education:

Maria Montessori called her plan for the elementary child the "Cosmic Curriculum." "Cosmic" in this context means comprehensive, holistic, and purposeful. The goals of Cosmic Education go far beyond the usual goals of skill development and knowledge acquisition to address the development of the whole person. Children who complete the Cosmic Curriculum have a clear understanding of the natural world, of human knowledge, and of themselves. These children are prepared to leave childhood behind and to enter adolescence as independent, confident, responsible, emotionally intelligent individuals, balanced in physical, intellectual and social achievements. They are academically and practically prepared to pursue self-education in many areas; to make responsible decisions and act on them in a responsible way; to recognize limits and give, ask for, and receive help, as needed.

As your child approaches the end of her/his third year in the Primary class, I know that you are giving careful thought as to whether or not to continue with Montessori. Having seen my two children blossomed in Montessori and beyond, I want to encourage you to remember that an investment in a fine education pays the best dividends. In the elementary Montessori program at Noble World Montessori School, your children will have the opportunity to learn absolutely amazing things!

One of the things that you will see when you enter our elementary classroom is joy, excitement and enthusiasm. These are not children who are given workbooks and simplistic assignments to do over and over again. These will normally become deeply engaged in work that they will find interesting, meaningful, and often intriguing.

You will find that the elementary Montessori curriculum is highly enriched and challenging.

It is organized into three streams:

At the elementary level, learning will continue to be a hands-on experience, as students learn by trial, error, and discovery.

The old familiar Montessori materials continue to become more sophisticated. For example, in mathematics, the advanced elementary Montessori materials move on to more complex and abstract concepts in mathematics, such as long multiplication and division, operations with simple and decimal fractions, geometry, and pre-algebra.

The learning materials which students work with in the elementary program are very exciting. For example the Timeline of Life tells the story about the history of the Earth beginning with the Big Bang and the formation of the stars, leading down to the geological eras of Earth's history and the emergence of life over the millennia. These Great Lessons engage children and then sends them off to do all kinds of research, which they are allowed to do at their own pace. When students are excited about something and feel connected to it in their environment, that's where real learning takes place, and that's where Montessori shines.

Montessori helps children to be flexible, self-disciplined, independent learners and self-actualized adults. We all want our children to be able to say, "Whatever I have to master or learn, I can figure it out, I can find the information, I can learn it, I can apply it." That is essentially what we strive to nurture in the elementary program.

What is the Elementary Program like?

Who attends the Elementary Program and when?

At Noble World, we value academic, social, and practical skills. While high standards are upheld in all areas, a love of learning for its own sake is essential to our school's philosophy.

What are the results of the Elementary Program?
Our Elementary students…

PDF For more information, consult our Elementary Curriculum »