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Upper Elementary (9-12)
Upper elementary students gradually move from manipulative materials to a greater understanding of abstract concepts. Academic content grows more complex. Students have more opportunities to experience leadership within a broader community, to refine study and time management skills, as well as meet deadlines responsibly and utilize textbooks efficiently. Mastery learning assumes a new dimension in the upper elementary class as math assessments determine student progress. Upper elementary students also have opportunities for peer mentoring and tutoring.
Lower Elementary (Ages 6-9)
Students of this age group use an interdisciplinary curriculum model designed to correspond to the developmental stages of children aged 6-9. A variety of materials are used to teach abstract concepts.
Small group and individualized instruction is used to teach elementary students fundamental skills in reading, spelling and writing. Math instruction emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and process, as well as accuracy in computation, and the history of mathematics. Students learn research skills, science, and perform experiments. They study the needs of people around the world and throughout history. Students participate in cooperative sports and games, creative movement, French and Spanish, and music.
After School Activities
During the school year a wide variety of after school activities are available to all the Montessori Academy students. With ballet, piano, guitar, swimming, art and more. Some run for a term, others are for the full school year.
Early Childhood Classes (Ages 3 -6)
A carefully prepared classroom environment provides opportunities for children to actively learn in a multi-aged community. The program recognizes the importance of the first six years of life and children's self-motivation. Individualized instruction through exposure to a variety of stimulating, multi-sensory teaching materials include activities in practical life, sensory development, language, math, art, science, physical and cultural geography, physical education, music and Spanish. The Montessori Academy Nevis acknowledges that each child is unique, and that children develop at their own rate. Children are encouraged, exposed, and challenged.
The early childhood program is designed to promote a love of knowledge, a high level of personal independence, a lasting sense of self worth and academic competence. Each student is encouraged to work at his or her individual potential and to develop, both academically and socially, to the best of his or her own ability. The teacher supports children as they learn how to sustain focused and concentrated attention, think clearly and constructively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and express themselves through language and arts. The supportive peer group setting allows for social growth. A relaxed atmosphere is combined with a sense of order and understanding. Learning is a natural part of this environment.
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