LOWER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM
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.
PHILOSOPHYA 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.
SCHEDULEA 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
Homework PolicyHomework 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 PolicyMSK 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 PolicyStudents 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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