At Satori Montessori, the elementary program is separated into the Lower Elementary School for ages 6-9 (grades 1-3) and the Upper Elementary School for ages 9-12 (grades 4-5). Students are working toward becoming responsible citizens who have achieved independence, self-direction, academic success and an awareness of the needs of others. By this age, the focus of a child’s Montessori education takes “help me to help myself” and adds “so I may help others.”
In the elementary program, children deepen their hunger for learning and master the internal tools to discover knowledge on their own. Having achieved a sophisticated sense of wonder, Montessori students continue to follow their intellectual curiosity at their own pace, often ahead of grade level and beyond their traditionally educated peers.
Students are continuously evolving, learning new skills and exploring new ideas. Bringing an attitude of awe to the interdependence of the natural world and interconnectedness of all life, students also approach the five main subject areas in Montessori curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Education for Development of the Mathematics, Education for Language Development, and Cultural Education. Other subjects such as botany, zoology, history, geography and physics, grammar, reading and writing, all includes in five main subject areas .Those are integrated with impassioned art of their curiosity and critical thinking.
Rather than forcing students to regurgitate facts, teachers are creatively sowing the seeds of imagination, while ensuring skills are practiced and evaluated appropriately through regular testing. Academic success is reported to parents via progress reports, conferences and parents teacher meeting regularly each term.