Instead of completing worksheets, our students write throughout the curriculum--e.g., when they research animals of the continents as part of their geography studies.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Many of our schools have gardens that the children plant themselves. Botany lessons then take place outside as students observe plants grown--and harvesting is integrated into cooking and the study of the fundamental needs of man.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Of course, recess is big for our students! Whether at an on-campus playground, or at a near-by park, all of our students have plenty of time to be outside and to be physically active.--At the Carlsbad Village campus
The Multiplication Checker board enables 2nd or 3rd graders to really understand multi-digit multiplication into the billions--a skill that is rarely taught to that level even in 4th or 5th grade in other schools.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
A key skill of a good Montessori elementary teacher is guiding students to observe carefully and ask good questions. Here, the students learn about the conditions needed for plants to thrive (water, light, heat).--At the Fountain Valley campus
The Montessori Stamp Game is a material that concretizes arithmetic: count out ten green "unit stamps", and exchange them for a "ten stamp": you've just seen how carrying works in addition or multiplication.--At the Carlsbad Village campus
Montessori is all about mastery. Math problems are often written on small cards. After the student uses the materials to arrive at a solution, he just turns the card around, and, voila, there is an answer against which he can check his work. No grade = no incentive to cheat.--At the Carlsbad Village campus
In our Mandarin immersion program in Emeryville, children use the same Montessori materials as in the English-language programs to learn about botany. The text is just written in Chinese!
Many Montessori lessons--like this one in Math--begin by getting the children to ponder a question. Once curiosity is aroused, it's so much more fun to learn!--At the Huntington Pier/Fountain Valley campus.
With the Montessori grammar symbols and grammar boxes, children learn the parts of speech in early elementary. The red circle stands for the verb, the black triangle, the noun.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
During this field trip to the Art Farm, students had the opportunity to draw animals from live models, out in nature. Regular field trips that connect classroom learning to the world and expose children to new things are a core part of our Montessori elementary program.
Literature circles are a highlight of the week. Children at the same reading level--independent of age--gather with a teacher to discuss a book. They learn about plot, characterization, theme and style--and grow in their ability to be careful and joyful readers.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
At our Carlsbad Village campus, a parent who fell in love with retro-crafts brought in looms for the children. A fury of creativity ensued during the lunch hours, and these self-made rugs were the result.
This group of children is learning about decimals. Because the colors---green for units, blue for tens, red for hundreds--are consistent from primary through elementary, children find it much easier to learn advanced math concepts.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
These students are working on multiples: the green two bars progress from 2 to 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and so on. Students count out the beads, and recreate them with the appropriate same-side beads--e.g., one ten-bar and one four-bar to make 14.-- At the Huntington Pier/Fountain Valley campus
Children in Montessori elementary master skills by practicing them with the hands-on materials. They have lots of autonomy--when the work, where (floor, table), with whom (alone, a friend or two). They can work as long as they need to master the materials--no "Swiss Cheese" learning. All these are ideal conditions for internal motivation.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Montessori elementary is rigorous, multi-sensory and hands-on learning. You'll see circles, triangles and squares, in different colors--in a grammar exercise. Curious? Contact us and we'll show you how it works!
This girl is learning long multiplication with the Montessori checker board. Each colored square represents a place value: in the first row it starts with a green unit square. In the second row, a blue ten square, and so on. This material really allows children to understand partial products--and it motivates them to learn their multiplication tables.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
The Golden Beads concretize the decimal system: single beads are units; ten beads on a wire are tens, one hundred beads in a square (ten x ten) are one hundred, and ten one hundred squares make a thousand. Children add, subtract, multiply and divide with the Golden Beads.-- At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Learning about the Fundamental Needs of Man is a core part of our history curriculum in Montessori elementary. Making pottery helps students understand how things are made--and integrates art into the curriculum.--At the Carlsbad Village campus
This new first grade student at the Huntingotn Harbor campus is is working on an arithmetic problem up to 10,000 with the Montessori Stamp Game. While typical public school students won't learn numbers into the thousands until late 2nd or 3rd grade, our first graders regularly do arithmetic operations into the thousands!--At the Huntington Harbor capus
Each of our Montessori elementary classrooms has a solid classroom library. Children have much time throughout the day to read, because we understand that reading should be joyful, and requires practice!--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Since we individualize instruction, we are able to accommodate a wide range of abilities. Even if your child hasn't previously attended Montessori, she an thrive at LePort.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
While many schools expect children to work alone most of the time, our Montessori elementary program recognizes, respects and encourages the elementary child's need for social interaction. Many lessons are given in small groups, and children can work together throughout the day.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
In our Montessori classrooms, you'll often see a teacher work with 3-4 children in a small group. This is part of our focus on individualization, on making sure we challenge each child optimally, every day.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
In a Montessori elementary environment, teachers can meet with small groups of students, because the other children remain productively engaged in their own work.-- At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Notice how the children in this spacious Montessori elementary room are all busy working--while the teacher is at his table, planning lesson and observing the children. Independence, time management and executive function skills are big in Montessori!--At the Huntington Pier/Fountain Valley campus
Montessori elementary students quickly progress from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." This boy is learning about the fundamental needs of man across cultures and ages using Montessori three-part cards.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Being able to curl up with a book to read is one of the pleasures our elementary students treasure! How much more enjoyable this is than laboring through the text excerpts so commonly found in grade readers!--at the Irvine Spectrum campus
Children at LePort learn to keep themselves organized with our organizer and work agreement systems. Learning to manage time, to be organized, to prioritize are important skills that children need to practice long before they go to college.--At the Irvine Spectrum campus
Children explore geometry with hands-on materials. This girl is learning about the geometric solids--their name, their characteristics. She's also learning to draw them.--At the Huntington Pier/Fountain Valley campus