For 9- to 12-year-olds; Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade
Elementary II is a vibrant world of confident and eager learners. The students in Elementary II embrace larger issues and challenges, more abstract concepts, and greater responsibility than they have before. As in the lower grades, the older students continue to be respected by the younger children in the classroom. Our sixth year students serve as models for fourth and fifth graders.
Classroom ambiance evolves naturally from Elementary I. Children move freely around both classrooms, taking increasing responsibility for their time and their work. They continue to make choices from an array of assignments. Of enormous significance, they learn to organize their work and plan their time, essential skills for further success in school and in life beyond the classroom.
Elementary II students continue to benefit from a wealth of hands-on materials even as they move into their ability to understand abstraction. Since they move along the concrete-to-abstract continuum at their own pace, some students will be doing algebra while others are still mastering pre-algebraic concepts. Some will absorb the majority of their information from books and other print, while others will continue to use a variety of Montessori and other materials to master grammar, geography, and other subjects.
With Bay Farm’s integrated curriculum, they have the chance to do more complex research and demonstrate their growing knowledge and skills through the many avenues of expression they have been developing: creative and expository writing, art, music, drama, and dance.
The curriculum is a natural outgrowth of the Elementary I program. Subjects include:
- Language (Reading, creative and expository writing, grammar, spelling, research skills, handwriting, public speaking)
- Math (more advanced operations, fractions, decimals, percentage, squaring, cubing through pre-algebra; geometry — polygons, equivalencies, lines, area, volume)
- Science (Zoology, botany, human biology, time line of life, earth science, ecology)
- Geography and World Cultures (includes map skills)
- History and Current Events
- Practical Life (Peace education, conflict resolution, care of self and environment, cooking, sewing, trip planning, scheduling and organizational skills, classroom jobs)
- Physical Education
Elementary II classrooms are impressive in their calm, focused tone. Students move freely through their classroom, working individually and in small groups. Soft conversation, filled with earnest discussions, enhance the warm atmosphere that is marked by an air of young students doing serious work. Teachers move through the room, giving lessons, answering questions, and generally ensuring that each child is actively engaged and making progress. Emerging skills are enhanced by the opportunity to do age-appropriate research in all subjects.
Our Montessori elementary program fosters the qualities that support daily progress and the acquisition of the attitudes and skills that will ensure future success. There is a high value placed on:
- Taking responsibility for one’s work, personal behavior, feelings, and safety of others.
- The concept that interesting work is pleasurable, beneficial, and worth the effort.
- The encouragement of curiosity and the asking of questions.
- The sense that each person is worthy of respect and consideration.
- The joy of being part of an active educational community.
All elementary children attend school 8:15am-3:10pm. Extended hours are available.