Bay Farm Elementary Program | Grades 1-6

Montessori 3 Year Cycle

A Montessori education gives children the opportunity to spend three years in the same classroom. This benefits the whole development of the child, and it allows the entire curriculum to be presented in two ways: through the three-year continuum and the three-year cycle. LANGUAGE ARTS and MATH are each taught along the three-year continuum. Children are given individual or small-group lessons that fall along this continuum based on individual readiness, which enables students to progress at their own pace without any gaps in learning. CULTURAL and SCIENCE lessons are delivered on a rotating three-year cycle. Three years of material have been compiled into three distinct themes that thread throughout the Elementary I, Elementary II, and Middle School programs; the content from these themes is then delivered on a rotating basis, one theme is taught each year. Upon completion of each program level, a child receives the entire three-year curriculum and often times more. Montessori is cyclical in nature, so children revisit each theme once every three years, each time interacting with the material on a much deeper level. Bay Farm Montessori Academy’s use of the three-year cycle and the three-year continuum ensures the optimal learning for all children.

Elementary I

Grades 1-3 (Ages 6-9)

ELI classrooms provide a Montessori learning environment where students are supported in their emerging abilities to read and write, understand, and manipulate mathematical concepts and materials, the physical and natural sciences, history and geography, and world cultures. The mixed-age grouping provides natural peer mentors and the opportunity for modeling and leadership which reinforces both academic and social skills.

Here at Bay Farm, we emphasize freedom within limits. Respect for children’s wide range of styles and abilities enables our highly experienced teachers to help every student gain skills at an individualized pace. Through small and large group lessons and discussions, and a curriculum that integrates the various subjects, and with many opportunities for learning to make good work choices, children have the chance to demonstrate what they learn in a multitude of ways.

Bay Farm Montessori Academy also places a high value on the integration of the visual and performing arts throughout the curriculum. Full-time specialists in art, music, drama, and dance work closely with faculty and students to create a program where our students can reinforce and extend their academic learning while developing their talent and confidence in the expressive and performing arts.

Elementary I 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

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Year A - Curriculum Snapshot

History: Early Humans/Native Americans, Early Explorers, Early Settlements

Geography: Sun and Earth, Earth Science and Geology, Space

Science: Animals, Water, Plants

Elementary II

Grades 4-6 (Ages 9-12)

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.

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