The Elementary educational experience is anchored in our Montessori homerooms where two highly trained, certified Montessori teachers guide and inspire learning. This is complemented by the work of expert specialist teachers in art, French, music, physical education and health, and technology. An interdisciplinary approach with homeroom and specialist teachers creates opportunities for students to develop significant depth and breadth in their knowledge and basic skills. The development of higher level thinking skills such as research, synthesis, problem solving and application are regularly engaged throughout this process.
Elementary classrooms are welcoming, child centered spaces filled with hands-on activities that inspire responsibility, concentration and tenacity.
Various educational approaches encourage the development of knowledge and skills through joyful participation in making music. Active involvement in listening, movement, singing and playing are combined with the introduction of musical notation and terminology. Music instruction is often integrated with classroom learning about various cultures and historical periods, dramatic activities and visual arts. Commencing in grade 4 students are introduced to Band instruments. Students hone their work ethic and deepen their musical knowledge, skill and creativity in an engaging and rewarding program. Learning as part of a band provides students with opportunities to further develop important skills in areas including team-building and leadership. They also begin to develop understanding in music theory and composition.
Our visual art program promotes the development of technique, creativity, risk taking and critical thinking. Students enjoy the opportunity to work with a variety of materials including plaster, paint, clay and wood. Engaging projects encourage personal expression while students learn about art history and a sense of other cultures. Ultimately students develop their ability to see, feel and communicate what they are thinking.