”Certainly, there is something that compels a teacher to advise very young students continually; ultimately, she must be resigned to quelling every bit of vanity, or she will obtain no results.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
The Lower Elementary at Pinnacle Montessori is composed of multi-age grouping of 6 to 9-year-old children that include the first through third grades. The program encourages the children to function at their full potential regardless of their age or grade level. The Environment facilitates the children to pursue and master knowledge independently. The materials, in the Elementary Program, reflect the advanced level of academics, and are adjusted to embrace abstract thinking, the next corner point in their lives. The areas of the curriculum are: Language Art, Reading/Writing, Math, and Cultural Areas.
Below is an example of a typical day in our lower elementary program!
Students begin arriving/Parents exchange information
Children sit down in a group setting to start the day off right!
9:00am-11:15am/Friday to 11.30am
The students start on the rug for morning greetings and announcements. The teacher will invite the students individually to pick a work they plan on working first and begin working. On Mondays, the teacher will designate each student’s first work. Every day after that, they will choose themselves before they leave for the day.
Each student will receive a work plan made by the teacher with all the Montessori lessons/activities they will do for the entire week. The student is allowed to work on their choice of activities on the work plan once they have received a brief lesson on the works. As they finish and master a work, they will check off that work on their work plan and continue to the next choice. Their goal is to complete all the works they have been assigned by mid-day Friday. Any works not completed will be highlighted and carried over to the next week. Those works will be top priority to the students.
This freedom of choice allows the students to work at their own pace and choice what subject they wish at certain times. It also shows the teacher which works are more difficult to the students and that may need reteaching. This method also teaches the student self-management and goal setting.
In addition to the Montessori works, the students will receive vocabulary words for a vocabulary test to be given every Friday. Preparing students for study skills needed for future school endeavors.
Monday – Tuesday (Spanish)
Wednesday – Thursday (Music)
Wash Hands, Lunch, Clean Up.
While the teacher is delivering the students lunches, they will work briefly on Test Taking Skills. These skills range from knowing how to bubble in a scantron to what to look for in a standardized test. The modern world from public school to college is based on standardized test and we want our students to be able to display their intelligence fully. The teacher will briefly go over the skill worked on and then the students will enjoy their lunch.
Monday-Thursday 2:00pm-2:30pm(Wash Hands/Jobs)
Friday 2.15pm-2.30pm(Wash Hands/Jobs)
Students will clean up their Montessori works. At this time, the students will pick the average of seven works they want to do the next day. They do this by circling the works and marking the one they want to start with the next day. The students will gather their things to go home or to the after-school program.