Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary is a multi-age classroom for children ages six to nine that offers an environment in which students learn with and from each other while practicing leadership skills, developing self-esteem, and employing self-sufficiency.  The classroom has a teacher as well as an assistant, and is similar in age to a first, second, and third grade program.

Lower Elementary children attend school from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. While having previous Montessori experience is helpful, it is not required in order to enroll as a student in the Lower Elementary Program.

Lower Elementary children attend school from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. While having previous Montessori experience is helpful, it is not required in order to enroll as a student in the Lower Elementary Program.

Empowering Your Child for Lifelong Learning

Building upon Learning

At McDonald Montessori, we foster a continuous journey of learning, whether your child is just starting their educational path with us or transitioning from another educational setting. With our team of Montessori-certified teachers, we provide a nurturing environment where your child can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. By building upon their existing knowledge and experiences, we empower children to reach their full potential and become lifelong learners.

Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills and Mindset

Our curriculum is designed to go deveolope critical thinking, problem-solving, as well as a growth mindset. Through hands-on learning experiences with our materials and engaging activities, we challenge children to think creatively, explore new ideas, and tackle complex problems. By developing these essential skills early on, we equip children with the tools they need to navigate challenges and succeed in an ever-changing world.

Preparing for High School and Beyond

Whether your child continues their education in another Montessori setting or transitions to a traditional high school, our program prepares them for success. Our holistic approach to education focuses not only on academic achievement but also on nurturing independence, self-discipline, and leadership skills. By instilling a love for learning and fostering a strong sense of self-confidence, we empower children to excel in any educational setting they choose.

Lower Elementary

Ages: 6-9

Times: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Your Child’s Typical Day

A typical day for a Lower Elementary student begins by greeting the teacher and choosing a project with which to begin the day.  When appropriate, students have lessons as individuals, small groups, or even the whole class.  Lower Elementary students continue to build upon the concept developed in the Children’s House classroom.

As their confidence continues to grow, students further explore concepts in math, geometry, reading, writing, grammar, word study, geography, history, and science. Lower Elementary students also enjoy additional curriculum experiences such as physical education/exercise, foreign language, and art. As movement is essential to the Montessori curriculum, each school day includes active outside play time.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What subjects do the Lower Elementary students study?

Our students typically study a wide range of subjects, including language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, music, and practical life skills. The curriculum is often integrated and designed to promote interdisciplinary learning, building upon the principles built taught in Children’s House.

Do Lower Elementary Students have to first attend Children's House?

No, Lower Elementary students do not have to first attend Children’s House. While some students may transition from Children’s House to Lower Elementary within the Montessori framework, Montessori schools often welcome new students at various age levels, including Lower Elementary. The Montessori approach accommodates students at different developmental stages, providing a supportive learning environment tailored to their individual needs and abilities.

How are Montessori classrooms structured?

The Montessori classrooms for Lower Elmentary are multi-age environments, where children aged 6 to 9 learn together. The classroom is carefully prepared with materials and activities that cater to the developmental needs and interests of children at different stages. Teachers act as guides, facilitating individual and small group lessons while encouraging independence and collaboration.

How do we support the social development of our students?

Our teachers guide students in developing social skills such as cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and empathy through group activities, collaborative projects, and opportunities for peer interaction. The mixed-age classroom environment also fosters mentoring relationships, where older students can support and guide younger peers.

Where do students typically go after they leave McDonald Montessori School?

After leaving McDonald Montessori School, students typically transition to various educational paths. Some continue in Montessori settings, while others enroll in traditional schools. Many excel academically and socially, and some pursue higher education. McDonald Montessori School equips students for success in diverse educational environments and future endeavors.

What Your Child is Learning

Building on the principles established in Children’s House, students will continue in their educational development. Using a sensorial approach whenever possible, children will continue to further skills in mathematics and language. Some materials, such as bead chains and writing materials will continue to be used, but in a more advanced way. Other materials will be introduced which build upon previous experiences. For example, geometric concepts introduced using bead chains or decimal cubes are now expanded upon with color cubing materials and fraction insets.

Below are a few highlighted examples of the materials that our children work with in the classroom:

Color Cubing Materials

Montessori students are taught to think abstractly about mathematics while using their senses to practically develop solutions. Using this large set of Color Cubes & Squares, students can construct various cubes to understand the relationships between all of the components, as well as a variety of other advanced mathematical concepts.

Fractions Insets

Insets of various shapes are first introduced in Children’s House. As the student develops, more advanced insets can be used to work with fractions. Some insets may have circles, and some may have squares, but the student will always have a hands-on experience furthering their mathematical understanding.

Bead Frame

Utilizing the concepts established with such materials as the Bead Chains and Decimal Cubes, the Bead Frame allows the student to further their understanding of mathematical concepts such as the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Writing

For Lower Elementary students, writing becomes a bigger part of their educational life. Throughout the day, they might be utilizing their handwriting skills to solve mathematical problems or to work out the intricacies of modern language.

Grammar Boxes
To aid in the development of language, grammar boxes can be used to help the student practice the rules of grammar and the syntax of modern English. Each Grammar Box focuses on a related part of speech, such as prepositions, adverbs, pronouns, etc. Each card in the box is color coded to correspond to a particular part of speech. As an example, the Article Grammar Box, pairs the article and noun together to introduce the student to noun phrases (e.g., the student vs. a student).

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