Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)
Teacher to Child Ratio: 1:13
Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) starting 2022-2023
“The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why…the problem of cause and effect.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
The Lower Elementary classroom is designed to foster each child’s intellectual and social/emotional growth. Throughout the school day, children are given the freedom to interact with one another, forming important ideas of society and community while engaging in meaningful academic pursuits. In the language area, children use three-dimensional shapes, miniature environments, objects, pictures and interactive games to study parts of speech, punctuation, and sentence analysis. The Montessori grammar material, in particular, is shared between Hebrew and English, so that children transfer concepts from one language to the other.
The math area is also characterized by an array of manipulative materials. Montessori math guides children from the concrete to the abstract, allowing them to develop true mastery of concepts before moving to equations on paper. Children who learn math in this way have a deep understanding of the operations they perform. Parasha , tefilah , Chumash, and Chagim as well as zoology, botany, geography and history are all aspects of the curriculum that are carefully designed to interlace and complement one another, so that, for example, a study of Breishis might coincide with science experiments about the composition of the earth, or Hashem's promise that Avraham’s progeny would be numerous as the stars might coincide with a study of the cosmos. In this way, we elevate all subjects to the status of limudei kodesh because every aspect of the curriculum is related to Torah and Jewish values.