Montessori Elementary

The Lower and Upper Montessori Elementary classes offer students wide-ranging lessons that inspire a love and excitement for learning and encourages independent exploration. Teachers and Assistants in each classroom carefully and beautifully orchestrate student’s optimal achievement through independent, small and large group learning opportunities. Nothing will be done for students that they can do themselves.

Our Montessori materials facilitate learning in a hierarchy from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Cultural Studies are taught with Science and Social Studies as interdisciplinary subjects. Earth science, physical science, astronomy, geography, biology, and history are intricately interwoven. Music and Art activities are incorporated regularly into the curriculum.

Our Teachers further children’s imaginative engagement with work through stories about the history of the universe, the coming of life to the earth, and the progression of human civilization. Lessons with the elementary Montessori materials offer children “keys to the universe.” As children delve independently into their personal interests, the teacher provides guidance and encouragement.

Language and Literature
The elementary language curriculum emphasizes creative and expository writing, interpretive reading of literature and poetry. We focus on word study, spelling, grammar, punctuation, penmanship and capitalization. Research skills are introduced, practiced through individual project work and refined as students work with a wide range of research materials. Students practice and use their reading and writing skills throughout the curriculum. Students further enhance their reading, critical thinking, and writing skills through participation in book groups.

Mathematics
The mathematics curriculum is presented with concrete materials, which reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic connections. Work with the Montessori mathematics materials ensure that mathematics is not simply memorized but understood.

We extend the children’s knowledge of decimal system as they explore its quantities & qualities. Students practice operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We study number hierarchy, fractions, decimals, negative numbers, squaring & cubing. Throughout math work, we are continuously applying what we learn to how it relates in daily situations.

Geometry
Elementary students continue exploring geometry on a sensorial level. Students gain a strong understanding of fundamental geometric concepts through consecutive lessons with Montessori materials. Students begin with a study of congruency, similarity & equivalence, preparing them for later area and theorem work. We introduce the study of lines, measurement of angles and the construction of geometric figures.

History
History work in the elementary class begins with the study of each child’s personal timeline, and then we study the history of the earth, development of the solar system, and early life on earth. Students study aspects of early civilizations, the development of humankind, and recorded history. Students learn how the contributions of humankind throughout history have brought us to where we are today.

Geography
Elementary students extend their knowledge of continents and countries with further research about the people, language and culture of different lands. Map work continues with the study of geographical features and landforms.

Science
In this area, the children’s natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments, from which they draw their own conclusions. The study of botany, zoology, physiology and physical science are the focus of our science curriculum throughout the elementary years.

Spanish, Music, Physical Education
Specialists in Library, music, and physical education also instruct all elementary students on a weekly basis.

Elementary students learn to trust their own initiative and abilities, take responsibility for their work, and become self-‐motivated learners. By gaining respect for themselves, others, and the environment, children develop the desire and ability to continue learning throughout their lives.

“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”

Music
The Music Program at San Tan Charter School focuses on the overall aspect of a lifetime of music appreciation. Children will continue on their journey through Basic Music Competency and beyond with and exploration of singing, rhythm and movement, self-expression, improvisation, composition, and the various sounds of musical instruments.

Art
The opportunity for children to express themselves through unique works of art instills creative problem-solving skills, as well as sensorial and cultural awareness in young minds. Through multi-sensory development the fine arts cement knowledge of all general subjects and promote a cultural of awareness through the child’s mind.

Physical Education
The Dynamic Physical Education program developed by Robert Pangrazzi from Arizona State is one of the most utilized curriculums in schools today. This program was selected to provide a comprehensive curriculum, which emphasizes fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Health – Healthy Body Image
Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! The most widely used curriculum for promoting healthy body image, eating, fitness and weight in children.

Science – Standards Based
Science curriculum is based on the scientific method. Students develop the scientific curriculum of Process-Product. Filled with experiments and hands on research, allows for taking students through each step of the scientific method. San Tan’s curriculum places a heavy emphasis on investigatory skills, coupled with problem finding and problem solving. Through extensions, students can implement individual interests and projects. All Science Units are given one grade higher than state standard curriculum.

Social Studies – Standards Based
Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible citizens. Social Studies curriculum allows students to draw connections to history and use higher thinking skills to correlate past with present trends. Focus areas will also include citizenship and government, geography, and map skills, and an overview of state history. All Social Studies units are given one grade higher than state standard curriculum.

NWEA – MAP testing
Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) yields rich data that can be used to individualize instruction and analyze programs. Based on over 30 years of research, MAP is a key tool for measuring growth and predicting proficiency over time. Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time.

Spelling – Words Their Way
Teacher’s trust Words Their Way to teach students phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. This powerful approach to word study encourages students to look closely at words to discover the regularities and conventions of written English needed to read and spell. Word Study Activities, organized as always by developmental spelling stage. This organization allows for an encompassing scope and sequence designed to individual match to students abilities.

Character Counts – Six Pillars of Character
San Tan Charter School firmly believes in promoting character education in all areas of the school day. Whether at work, at home, or at play, there are basic values that define ethical behavior. These values are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Josephson Institute calls them the Six Pillars of Character, and they form the basis of all Institute programs at San Tan Charter School. To learn more about the Six Pillars of Character Visit our Learn Happy page

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