The Lower Elementary Classroom
The Montessori Lower Elementary environment includes some Kindergarten students to 3rd grade. The teacher-student ratio is 2:18; this allows teachers the opportunity to provide individualized attention and to facilitate the children's self-paced learning. Our Lower Elementary classroom is called the Sun room and Eren Hays is the lead guide in this room.
Children during 1st to 3rd grade 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.
Through observation, teachers outline individual plans for each child's developmental level. Children are encouraged to learn both in cooperation with each other and independently. A multi-age group, 6-9 years of age, provides a community of support. An elementary class typically of 15-18 children, is child-directed with a certified Montessori teacher acting as a guide.