LOWER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

Lower elementary is an exciting time for students. They have become more independent and have moved beyond the “younger” divisions. They are well on their way to building a strong academic rapport and are displaying much more independence. Learning is more rooted in a formal curriculum and although academics are the key priority, students continue to enjoy a well-rounded approach to learning through hands-on, student-centered materials and extra-curricular activities.

At this age, many more extracurricular activities are available depending on the interests of our students. Activities such as coding, karate, tennis, chess, sports, scrapbooking and STEM programs examples of extracurriculars that have been offered. MSK also participates in a variety of field trips throughout the school year.

Further explore the Lower Elementary program at MSK —daily routines, curriculum, policies and philosophies are further elaborated below.

PHILOSOPHY

A student who begins the Lower Elementary Program is now in the second plane of development. This means that the student will now further refine the responsibility and resourcefulness skills they developed in the Casa Program. A Lower Elementary classroom is an extension of the Casa classroom so the child is familiar with some of the materials and encourages them to take their learning to the next level. Children are now wondering “why” and “how” and the work in Lower Elemetary will continue to enhance their curiosity and their own motivation to learn. Lessons are taught either individually or in a small group, always moving at the individual child’s pace.

Since Lower Elemetary marks the beginning of the Second Plane of Development, there are new specific areas that we focus on. The first is morality. When a child begins their Lower Elementary learning, they enter a new stage of development that involves their conscience. They begin to see actions as right or wrong and fair or unfair. They also begin to question why some things are considered wrong and how they can make them right.

The other area of development here is social. Students in Lower Elementary are now more social. The students want to socialize and be a part of their peers— they’re at an age where their friendships and peer groups can be a priority; we know this is an exciting age for students and we cater to their social needs within limits. It is important for the students to socialize as part of their developmental progress but they are given parameters in which this can take place. Students are also not required to sit in one assigned seat for the entire school year. Sudents move freely and work with peers according to their interest level, follow-up work or social/ developmental needs. We also promote small group activities/projects where independent learning still takes place as each student will have a role within their group(s).

THE LOWER ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

At MSK, learning in the Lower Elementary classroom begins with concrete Montessori materials. Once established, teachers will guide students towards more abstract learning and thinking. It is important to note that while following the Montessori method, all provincial Ministry of Education subjects and curriculum guidelines are met. Following the Montessori methodology simply allows students to be more responsible, resourceful and independent while meeting Ministry of Education requirements.

MATHEMATICS

In mathematics, the passage from concrete concepts to the abstract allows students in the Lower Elementary program to strengthen and further their knowledge and understanding of concepts and mathematical terminology. Fractions, decimals, multiples and factors are but a few of the areas that the child learns about as per provincial Ministry of Education guidelines. What differs in a Montessori program, is that students are able to apply these concepts to real-world applications so that what they’re learning becomes meaningful to them. Geometry in the Lower Elementary program becomes an integral subject area on its own. Students explore the concepts of angles, lines, and shapes through Montessori material such as geometry sticks, geometry cabinet of shapes, as well as 3D figures. In this area, the child learns the importance of these concepts in relation to the world around them.

LANGUAGE

In addition to meeting and following all provincial requirements, language curriculum at MSK offers a wealth of practical and creative approaches to learning. At this point in a Montessori program, students will begin to undertake small research projects when taking part in their language studies. The development of formal writing skills through the creative writing program is also introduced here. Students will participate in sharing stories, partake in plays and begin to discover poetry. Books are an integral part of the language program and are used for a variety of purposes such as research, reading, and storytelling. There are various Montessori materials that are important to this program such as the Skyscraper materials and Montessori Grammar Boxes.

CULTURE

Cultural studies in the Lower Elementary program include botany, zoology, science and technology, history and geography. Here, students are introduced to the concept of culture as a whole and are taught “mini lessons” about specific topics. This allows students to understand their place in the world around them. Research skills are further developed as students are taught how to find information from various resources and share their findings through presentations. Students are given ample opportunities to develop their public-speaking skills and presentation skills (i.e. display, delivery and creativity). We are proud to share that students enrolled at MSK will have a more enhanced learning experience than in a conventional classroom as the Montessori method exceeds provincial expectations of this subject area.

SCHEDULE

A typical day in the Lower Elementary classroom varies from day to day and a schedule is given to parents during the first week of school. School begins promptly at 8:30 am.
  • 8:30 AM — 11:30 AMLESSONS, SPECIALTIES AND WORK CYCLES TAKE PLACE

  • 11:30 AM — 12:00 PMLUNCH IN CLASS THAT IS SUPERVISED BY CLASSROOM TEACHER

  • 12:00 PM — 1:00 PMRECESS

  • 1:00 PM — 3:15 PMRECESS

  • 1:00 - 3:15PM LESSONS, SPECIALTIES, AND WORK CYCLE TAKE PLACE

  • 3:15 - 3:30PMCLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND HOMEWORK TIME

**Note: In the Lower Elementary program students receive formal French instruction three times a week. They also receive formal Italian and music instruction once every other week. Physical Education is provided once a week. Art and Drama are areas that are incorporated into their daily learning. It is during this time of day that these speciality instructions are provided

POLICIES

Homework Policy

Homework in the Lower Elementary program is an extension of what the child has learned throughout the day. Homework is meaningful work, which allows the child to reflect upon what they have learned. How long homework takes is dependent on each child's individual learning. Parents and guardians can expect homework at this level can be from to be from 10 to 30 minutes. There is often times when a child may not have any homework other then their nightly reader.

Uniform Policy

MSK is a school where students must wear a uniform. It promotes comrodary, a sense of belonging and less distraction. Upon enrolment, parents/guardians will be provided a checklist with uniform requirement. Students are expected to be in proper school uniform on a daily basis. A uniform infraction will be given each time your child is not in uniform. After three infractions a meeting with parents will follow.

Lunch Policy

Students are expected to bring their own lunch to school. All lunches and snacks must follow MSK's peanut/nut aware policy. There is also opportunity for children to participate in the hot lunch program, which is offered twice a week for a nominal fee.

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