Elementary II

Grades 4-6 (Ages 9-12)

Elementary II is a vibrant world of confident and eager learners. The students in Elementary II embrace larger issues and challenges, more abstract concepts, and greater responsibility than they have before.  As in the lower grades, the older students continue to be respected by the younger children in the classroom.  Our sixth year students serve as models for fourth and fifth graders.

Classroom ambiance evolves naturally from Elementary I. Children move freely around both classrooms, taking increasing responsibility for their time and their work. They continue to make choices from an array of assignments. Of enormous significance, they learn to organize their work and plan their time, essential skills for further success in school and in life beyond the classroom.

Elementary II students continue to benefit from a wealth of hands-on materials even as they move into their ability to understand abstraction. Since they move along the concrete-to-abstract continuum at their own pace, some students will be doing algebra while others are still mastering pre-algebraic concepts. Some will absorb the majority of their information from books and other print, while others will continue to use a variety of Montessori and other materials to master grammar, geography, and other subjects.

With Bay Farm’s integrated curriculum, they have the chance to do more complex research and demonstrate their growing knowledge and skills through the many avenues of expression they have been developing: creative and expository writing, art, music, drama, and dance.

ELII Curriculum

Language Arts

Grammar, spelling, vocabulary, word skills, capitalization/punctuation, handwriting, direct writing instruction, creative and expository writing, citing sources and bibliographies, presentation skills, word processing, and presentation applications.

Math

Advanced operations, math facts automaticity, measurement, fractions, decimals, percentages, squaring, cubing, equivalencies, pre-algebra, geometry, lines, areas, volumes, ratios, word problems, and graphs.

History, Geography, and World Cultures

Early humans, evolution, ancient civilizations from around the world, U. S. government, and current events. Map skills, charts and graphs, land forms, time zones, countries, states, and capitals, continents and oceans, fundamental needs of humans, and music, food, and daily life of cultures around the world.

Science

Scientific research skills, biology, zoology, botany, weather, ecology, earth science, physics, and chemistry.

Practical Life

Peace education, community service, conflict resolution, care of self and environment, cooking, sewing, time management, organizational skills, and study skills.

Specialist Programs

Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama, Library, World Language.

All Are Welcome

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Elementary II Faculty

Kelley Collins

Lead Teacher - Walden

KelleyC@bfarm.org

Michelle O’Neill

Lead Teacher - Walden

MichelleO@bfarm.org

Nancy Kennedy

Teacher Assistant - Walden

NancyK@bfarm.org

View this video from the American Montessori Society (link is external) to learn how the Montessori elementary years — ages 6-12 — prepare children intellectually, emotionally, and socially to navigate the next stage of their education.