Our goals for the Lower Elementary Classroom are to have everybody meet and exceed the standards on the AIMs tests, and have fun doing so; learn to get along peacefully with each other, become self-reliant so they can become contributing citizens of the planet Earth.
Special Activities: Mesozoic era classroom mural and to enter the Sedona Marathon.
Special field trips: Ice skating and Mesa Dinosaur Museum.
How our classroom is run: A lot of hard work, dedication, and a sense of humor.
Some Interesting Information about Our Lower Elementary Classroom
Our Montessori based classroom of 6 to 9 year olds has many unique educational features.
Each child in our classroom has an individualized learning program. Before the school year begins, each child is assessed and his/her beginning work program is set up. During the year as the child masters new concepts and skills presentations are given and new work taken on. In addition to working on the traditional school activities, children have a wide variety of learning activities to foster their growth and understanding.
Models for Learning
When a new concept is introduced to the child, models are used to help the child understand the concept being taught. This is particularly true in math where there are models for everything from learning the concept of basic addition ( Bead Bars and Strip Boards) through Fractions (Insets) and Long Division (Stamp Game). In Montessori the “hand teaches the mind” and as the child works with the materials the concept is learned and the child goes on to doing the work without the use of the models.
The children in our class have access to many innovative programs in addition to their traditional work. We currently have 28 computers in our classroom.
Orchard – This computer math program allows children to work on many math concepts through a variety of games and activities.
FASTT Math – Through daily use of this program 2nd and 3rd year children are practicing and memorizing their math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Leap Track – As a part of their reading and math work the children use the Leap Track systems. After taking an assessment text, the children are assigned a work list of cards to do to work on skills that have not yet been mastered.
Lexia/SOS – These programs are used for reading. The skills run the gamut from letter sounds through prefixes, suffixes and word histories.
Accelerated Reader – Children who are reading fluently take an assessment and are assigned a range of books which they can choose based on their reading levels. When a book is completed the child takes a quiz to check on comprehension and understanding.
Our recent purchase of a white (or smart) board will allow us to add this technology to our classroom for presentations and meetings.
Art and Music
Children in our class participate in singing and learning to play the recorder. Third year students are introduced to playing the violin under the tutelage of Kristina Beachell. The children are also learning to square dance.
In addition to the craft and art projects which children can do during explore, Art in the Afternoon happens twice a week. Currently children are working on activities based on the Mesozoic Era in addition to their stitching of animals.