Shrewsbury Montessori School’s Elementary Program is divided into two levels: Lower Elementary (First through Third Year), and Upper Elementary (Fourth through Sixth Year). Both of these programs build on the academic foundation laid in Children’s House.
The elementary child has an enthusiasm for learning as well as much curiosity. The elementary child begins to move from concrete to abstract thinking. The Montessori curriculum integrates language, literature, mathematics, history, geography and science. The elementary teacher prepares the environment with this in mind, and offers an interdisciplinary approach. Children see connections and develop creative and critical thinking skills. A collaborative, academic approach instills concepts of responsibility, independence, and the sense of belonging to a group.
The elementary child receives lessons and works on projects in individual, small group, and large group formats. Collaboration allows a child to practice the decision-making process. Students progress at their own pace within the framework of the curriculum.
Shrewsbury Montessori School students are assessed both academically and socially through classroom observations, a collection of the child’s work, informal and formal (TerraNova) assessment that is given to Third through Sixth Year students annually. Student progress is shared with parents through Parent Conferences, Progress Reports, and as needed or requested throughout the year.
Elementary students develop daily work plans and choose the order of their daily work. This deep respect for the needs of the child to order his and her own day aids the development of internally motivated young people. Confident, engaged learners grow to be leaders in the classroom, and the world beyond Shrewsbury Montessori School.