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Elementary

Our Elementary Program is called The Collective Consciousness. It is a sister concern of Harmony Montessori, known as the Harmony Montessori International Trust. Designed to meet the needs of your child during the second phase of development, This phase of life builds intellect, shapes their moral compass, and their attitude towards society, for the rest of their life.

6 to 12 years

Mixed Age Group

Children need to interact with one another especially at this stage of development (6-12 years). They’re drawn to their peers and have a need to be social. In a Montessori environment they have the opportunity to practice interacting with a mixed age community of peers. Through these experiences they may build deeper social and emotional intelligence and therefore more powerful leadership qualities.

Elementary children learn how to work in a team, and are naturally challenged by their peers (especially the older children), in a harmonious manner. The environment does not use competition as a tool to motivate children. The attitude of the environment is “Everyone helps everyone.”

The Mixed age community allows us to establish a Mini-Society of sorts. Elementary children are powerfully motivated to identify themselves as a part of society, just as they were keen to focus on identifying themselves as individuals before age 6.

- Dr. Maria Montessori

"Since it has been seen to be necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions."

The Environment

The Elementary environment has the maximum number of Montessori materials curated for hands-on learning. A lot of these materials are offered to the child before the age of 6, when they are Sensorial Explorers and have the Power of the Absorbent Mind. These familiar materials are now offered to the intellect of the Elementary Child, since they can arrive at abstraction at this stage. The children discover their curriculum by working with the materials. They walk away from the experience with a sense of having made a discovery, independently.

With Freedom Comes Responsibility; our environments operate within this framework. Children may choose their work, their team for group work, where and when they would like to work, how deeply they would like to explore a certain topic. Along with that comes the responsibility of; managing their time, completing the prescribed curriculum, spend their time purposefully, and challenge themselves adequately.

Areas in an Elementary Classroom

1. Language: The language curriculum in Elementary covers grammar and research, reading, spoken and written language - keys to both the acquisition of knowledge and self-expression. The children are encouraged to share and discuss their ideas with each other and within groups, with oral reports, presentations, produce plays, and recite poems.

Elementary children are intrigued by language, domestic and foreign. Their study of language may involve research of the origins of idioms, the study of multi-cultural folk tales, or a comparison of works by an author. Language is used as a vehicle to travel through and explore culture enabling children to express themselves better.