Barrie Montessori: Divisions and Curriculum


Toddler

Overview

Our Toddler Program is designed to meet the needs of the ever inquisitive toddler. At this age, children learn best by doing. Our thoughtfully Prepared Environments allow for plenty of hands-on activities that introduce new concepts and allow ample time for independent practice. Areas of our curriculum encompass, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life, Math, Science and Culture. Art is a regular part of each day with various media available and ready for each child’s independent exploration.

Toddlers build self confidence, skills of independence, and social skills while growing academically, physically, and emotionally.

Our Toddler Program is rounded out with weekly music, Spanish, and PE classes. Pony Rides also take place weekly during the late Summer, Fall and Spring.

Primary

Overview

Barrie Montessori’s Primary learning environments for three to six-year-olds (two in McDermott Hall and one in the Neubert Cottage on the upper campus) contain the curriculum areas typically found in a Montessori early childhood classroom: Practical Life; Sensorial; Art; Language ; a class library area, Cultural (including Biology, History, and Geography); Math, and Peace.

These spaces provide our Primary students with the opportunities to develop, practice and hone concentration, coordination, order and independence. . Through hands-on work in a carefully and intentionally designed and prepared environment, students develop independence, confidence, and a love of learning, all essential to the formation of their intelligence in the process of building the foundation for future success.

Children have an instinctive need for order, combined with the capacity to absorb impressions from their environment. Primary classrooms are designed to serve these needs.. Hands-on materials are sequentially organized into curricular areas within which each item has its place. This strengthens the student’s sense of order and provides a sense of security in the world upon which the child can depend.

Students are encouraged to choose activities based upon their particular interests and are introduced to new possibilities both by teachers and peers. A sense of responsibility is fostered, as students are encouraged to share materials, complete each activity, and return the materials in good condition for other children to use. The order of the classroom also assists the students in organizing the impressions that they are receiving by helping them create “mental file cabinets” for the efficient storage and retrieval of information. Special classes include art, music, physical education, and Spanish.

Lower Elementary

Overview

The Lower Elementary classroom is a multi-age, stimulating environment invites exploration and research. This environment is prepared in advance to support independent, learner-initiated work. First through third graders remain with the same teacher for three years. This allows for the development of a deep understanding of each student and creates the opportunity to provide a comprehensive, individually focused education for each child. The multi-age setting provides opportunities for leadership while developing mentoring skills in children.

In the Lower Elementary classrooms, children learn to set goals, organize work, and manage time. Students work collaboratively to foster social and cooperative skills. Class meetings provide opportunities for problem solving as well as offering a platform for student voice. Productive, independent work time develops attention span and concentration. Each day is a balance of individual work, small-group cooperative work, small-group lessons, and large-group lessons. Students use hands-on, science-based manipulatives to discover and learn concepts. These Montessori materials are designed to move students from a concrete work to abstract understanding.

Concentration and independence developed in the primary program builds confidence in our Lower Elementary students. Confident learners seek challenges and are inquisitive about the world around them. Lessons rich in cultural content and scientific exploration provide the foundation for the integration of other areas of study. Appreciation of other cultures is reinforced through continent studies that include individual research, stories, map-making, artifacts, cooking, field trips, and celebrations. Enrichment classes include art, Spanish, physical education, library science, and music.

Upper Elementary

Overview

Barrie’s Upper Elementary program includes children in Grades 4 and 5 (accredited with non-traditional Montessori age groupings). Our Upper Elementary classrooms are two-year communities of nine to eleven year old children. This multiple year rotation allows teachers to develop a deep understanding of each student and creates the opportunity to provide a comprehensive, individualized education for each child. The multi-age setting develops nurturing, leadership and mentoring skills in children and promotes a strong sense of community between peers and classroom teachers.

At this age, students become increasingly aware of the environment beyond the classroom. We provide opportunities for these students to apply their skills in meaningful ways in school and with the larger community. Ethical choices emerge as a central issue: teachers model and encourage thoughtful citizenship, compassion, and leadership.

Students continue to refine the skills of goal setting, time management, and organization using a variety of resources. Special classes include art, Spanish, physical education, health, intramurals, library science, and music.

At this age, students become increasingly aware of the environment beyond the classroom. We provide opportunities for these students to apply their skills in meaningful ways in school and with the larger community. Ethical choices emerge as a central issue: teachers model and encourage thoughtful citizenship, compassion, and leadership.
Barrie’s Upper Elementary program includes children in Grades 4 and 5 (accredited with non-traditional Montessori age groupings). Our Upper Elementary classrooms are two-year communities of nine to eleven year old children. This multiple year rotation allows teachers to develop a deep understanding of each student and creates the opportunity to provide a comprehensive, individualized education for each child. The multi-age setting develops nurturing, leadership and mentoring skills in children and promotes a strong sense of community between peers and classroom teachers.

Students continue to refine the skills of goal setting, time management, and organization using a variety of resources. Special classes include art, Spanish, physical education, health, intramurals, library science, and music.
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