PRIMARY LEVEL : ages 3 to 6 at the Aquinas and Old Town Montessori Schools
The Primary curriculum is a fully comprehensive three year program where children learn to compare, classify and clarify the world around them.
Mathematical manipulative materials help the child to learn concepts of math, such as sequence, place, value, operations and memorization of math facts.
Language exercises include spoken language that helps to develop vocabulary and phonemic awareness while use of tactile and manipulative materials leads to development of writing and reading.
Exercises in practical life improve motor skills, independence, control and concentration. The child also learns the basics of the world's geography, geology, history, astronomy and biology through materials and stories, and art and music are integrated into daily classroom activities.
ELEMENTARY LEVEL : ages 6 to 12 at the Aquinas Montessori School
The elementary level continues the development of the child, the curriculum at this level is expanded as widely as possible to enkindle interest in every area of culture, mathematics, geometry, language, history, geography, botany, zoology, earth science, chemistry, physics, art, music, crafts, drama, and physical education.
The elementary children also participate in the Junior Great Books Program.
Our purpose is to lead the children toward Dr. Maria Montessori's goal of "cosmic education
, which is a complete vision of reality and man, and an ability to interpret both of them in their essence, nature, and reciprocal relationship." The work at each age group represents a continuous program so the parents should be committed to allowing their children to complete each three-year cycle.
Junior Great Books
A brief explanation of the program is available at Welcome to the Junior Great Books Program!
The reading list for our discussions are available below.
Suggested literature for primary and elementary children:
Parts of Speech
Montessori elementary teachers lead students through the classification of language with cleverly designed Montessori materials. An example of these materials is geometric symbols made up of a variety of shapes and colors which represent parts of speech. Students analyze sentences by placing geometric symbols for the appropriate parts of speech above words in sentences.
The Nine Basic Parts of Speech
Parts of Speech further Classification
may be downloaded as a reference guide for symbolizing sentences for spelling word homework.
Aquinas Montessori School students and teachers track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring to and from Mexico, and then record their observations. Students in the Primary classes of both schools also share in the Monarch experience by raising butterflies and studying their life-cycle prior to releasing them in October.
The teachers record observations and Aquinas Montessori School students track the growth of tulips as the season changes from winter to spring. They discover how temperatures, sunlight, geographic location, and other variables influence plant growth and the full array of seasonal changes that take place in the springtime.