Elementary

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. 

The elementary community is a comprehensive and perfectly suited environment for 6-12 year olds. Intensely curious, very social, and with a "let’s go find out!" attitude, these students research answers to questions using classroom materials, the library and community resources. While an extension of the primary room, the elementary community has overlapping curriculums encompassing: arithmetic; algebra; geometry; language; grammar; geology; botany; zoology; culture; history; music; art; drama; foreign language immersion    

The Montessori child feels that the infinite, fascinating world of things and ideas is all accessible. Above all, the child is not dependent on a teacher for all their information; they learn the habits and methods, of research, reasoning and discovery. The elementary teacher introduces an area of study with a presentation of key information or material and then guides the children while they develop individual or small group projects to explore varied facets of the subject. These students are learning how to learn, honing their research and reasoning skills, while mastering advanced academics. As they take responsibility of their learning, their possibilities are limitless; social, emotionally and academically. Since the teacher knows each child well and keeps detailed records of their work, testing is rare, although taking tests may be taught as a skill, not as a measurement of knowledge. 

The elementary child is a natural explorer of the world around him. He brings to his work two important tools: a powerful reasoning mind and the ability to imagine. Unlike the preschool children (whose need is to experience, name, and classify the immediate world around them through the use of their senses), elementary children want to explore a much larger universe through the use of imagination and reason. These intellectual tools, combined with the natural urge to collaborate with peers, opens a field of exploration so vast that virtually any concept can be explored and integrated into a comprehensive whole. They are driven to understand the universe and their place in it, and their capacity to assimilate all aspects of culture is boundless.   

Elementary studies include geography, biology, history, language, mathematics in all its branches, science, music and art. Exploration of each area is encouraged through field adventures outside the classroom to community resources, such as the library, planetarium, botanical garden, science center, factory, hospital, etc. This inclusive approach to education fosters a feeling of connectedness to all humanity, and encourages their natural desire to make contributions to the world. 

Elementary Enrichment:

While class is over at 3pm, the students are invited and encouraged to remain at school for an enrichment hour at no added expense. During this hour they are welcomed into the primary and toddler communities to act as mentors and teachers to their younger friends. This involvement enriches their education, developing their whole being, while also revisiting and cementing earlier principles that have been expanded upon in their own classroom. In addition, enrichment classes will be available for enrollment during this hour, depending upon the students interests for an additional fee. These elective classes span from piano and violin to painting, drawing, and organized sports.   

Community Service:

Philanthropy is one way in which people recognize their connection to each other, and such service to others is an important part of the Montessori philosophy. No matter what their interests or ages, all children can demonstrate generosity and recognize their connection to other people in their classroom and around the globe. As a school, we aim to serve those in our immediate neighborhoods of Greater Rochester, as well as members of our global community.    At The Montessori School Rochester each classroom community nurtures an ethic of Peace, Love and Hope. Generosity becomes unconscious - it is the connection that exists between all members of the group. It’s not a set of rules, but an attitude that is absorbed, a product of the experiences of everyday living. In addition, some classes undertake projects as their goals and interest may direct.    

Foreign Language Immersion:

Over 60% of knowledge is learned before the age of 6. Learning to walk, eat, throw a ball, and most incredibly, the mastery of an entire language. Not through the use of textbooks and lesson plans, but through the absorption of their environment and social experiences. In keeping with this proven fact, we introduce foreign language in everyday experiences throughout the classroom allowing the children to absorb the language, without conscious thought.

Fine Arts, Music and Drama:

Visiting artists, musicians and storytellers will introduce your children to various genres of art & art history, music & drama. The arts are a permanent component in the classroom where the children can create and explore with paint, sculpture, metalwork, song, dance, composition, playwriting and theatre in innovative and unique ways.