Performances at the Chelmsford Performing Arts Center
New York City Trip for Sixth Years
After School Programs
Upper Elementary sample daily schedule:
Morning Work Period
Afternoon Work Period
and/or Writer's Workshop
Children in Upper Elementary (grades four, five, and six) enjoy a three year cycle of study that challenges students academically while promoting confidence and independence. Multi-age classes encourage the students to interact with both younger and older classmates. In Upper Elementary children learn to problem solve, to synthesize information, to work collaboratively, to think critically and analytically, and to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas both verbally and in writing.
The school day begins with creative writing or daily challenge, followed by an uninterrupted work period allowing students to concentrate on math and language skills. The work in these areas is largely individualized. Lessons are given to one child or to a small group utilizing an extensive array of Montessori materials. Science, history, geography, literature groups, art, music, physical education, drama, and Spanish are scheduled throughout the remainder of the day. Each week, Sixth Grade students travel to the Middle School where they participate in a one hour lab experience with Middle School Science and Math teachers. The purpose of the lab is to provide students the opportunity to further develop their math and science skills by actively engaging in inquiry based activities as they move through the process of scientific method. It also gives the students and the Middle School teachers a wonderful bridging opportunity between program levels and a window into what is in store for the future.
Students in the Upper Elementary years are given increasing opportunities to be responsibly independent through exposure to the world outside their classroom and away from their families as they begin the transition into adolescence. Each fall they attend Nature's Classroom for a week of environmental learning (fourth years return after three days). The Sixth Grade also travels by train to New York City in the spring for three days. Periodic local field trips are also scheduled during the year to enrich the learning experience.
Prior attendance at a Montessori program is not a prerequisite for admission.
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