UPPER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

There is a common misconception that a Montessori education is useful only until a child has completed preschool (Casa). This is not the case as it is important to note that a Montessori education works on developing a child into a self-reliant, confident and responsible individual well beyond those early years. When a student reaches the Upper Elementary program at the Montessori School in Kleinburg (MSK) they have established a strong foundation and are ready to springboard into developing more advanced skills and abstract thinking and learning. Following Lower Elementary programming, students will continue to create a strong academic rapport while displaying independence and responsibility.

In Upper Elementary there are many extracurricular programs that are offered. Activities such as coding, karate, tennis, chess, sports, scrapbooking and STEM programs are some examples. MSK also participates in a variety of field trips throughout the school year as we believe that a well-rounded approach to learning is essential in solidification of concepts.

Please select one of the options here to further explore the Upper Elementary program at MSK — daily routines, curriculum, policies, and philosophies are elaborated here.

PHILOSOPHY

It is in the Upper Elementary program that students are in the Third Plane of Development as per the Montessori pedagogy and are ready to fine-tune their learning and skills. During this period (ages nine to twelve) children become reasoning explorers and they develop a thirst for a higher level of abstraction and details in their learning. Students are motivated to learn and explore with more independence. It is through their own efforts that they carry out activities to bring them to a realization of how and why things are the way they are.

In Upper Elementary, the teachers’ role is to prepare an appropriate environment with materials which have value and purpose that will foster and protect the students’ desire to explore. The teacher is a guide and the link between the student and their environment as independence and responsibility of the student is encouraged.

THE UPPER ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

MATHEMATICS

Students continue to engage in mathematics through hands-on activities and they study the foundations of formulas, which they later apply to real-world experiences. Similarly to Lower Elementary programming, students are learning about “why” and “how” information can be applied in various situations. While students in Upper Elementary are continuing to develop their abstract learning, they can also expect to learn concrete mathematical skills such as square roots and the power of numbers as per provincial Ministry of Education guidelines (LINK TO MINISTRY DOCUMENTS HERE).

Also, geometry receives a special focus in the Upper Elementary program as a continuation from Lower Elementary programming. Students study and explore transitivity, insets of equivalences, as well as area and perimeter of shapes. Students study formulas in the concrete form and then utilize this information into everyday experiences and applications. It is through this approach that gives Montessori students an advantage — it is taking what they have learned and applying it to the world around them in order to make deeper and more solid connections and understandings.

LANGUAGE

Language is a big part of learning in the Upper Elementary classroom as it encompasses all areas of the curriculum. Language studies are intertwined within all subject strands and students are always encouraged to utilize their language skills through their work. Students are keen on the “writing process” and utilize it to generate work that is cohesive and well-written. Grammar and spelling are foundational areas of learning but students are encouraged to use different mediums while creating a wide array of projects, plays and art to meaningfully translate what they have learned.

CULTURE

In the Upper Elementary classroom, cultural subjects such as botany, zoology, history, geography and science & technology encompass this area of studies. Students will learn what is appropriate and expected to as per provincial Ministry of Education guidelines (LINK TO PROVINCIAL DOCUMENTS) and beyond. It is through the Montessori methodology that takes cultural studies to the “next level” as students will learn more about the world around them and use that knowledge to master their research and presentation skills. In turn, this also further strengthens students’ language skills.

SCHEDULE

A typical day in the Upper Elementary classroom varies from day to day and a schedule is given to parents during the first week of school. School begins promptly at 8:30AM.
  • 8:30 - 8:50AMMORNING CIRCLE AND READ ALOUD

  • 8:50 - 11:30AMLESSONS, SPECIALTIES AND WORK CYCLE TAKE PLACE

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

  • 12:00 - 1:00PMRECESS

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

  • 3:15 - 3:30PMCLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLEAN UP

**Note: In the Upper 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 within their daily learning and follow-up assignments. It is during this time that these specialty instructions are provided.

POLICIES

Homework Policy

Homework in the Upper 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 to be from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the grade level. There is often times when a child may not have any homework other than their nightly reader.

Uniform Policy

MSK is a school where students must wear a uniform. It promotes comradely, 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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