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OakHaven Montessori Elementary School

OakHaven Montessori Elementary

Montessori education is a mode of thinking and problem solving.  Unlike traditional education which neutralizes thinking and standardizes problem solving abilities, the Montessori elementary curriculum encourages creativity and curiosity, fostering independent thinking and interdependent problem solving.

The Montessori classroom is the meticulously prepared environment where knowledge can grow exponentially. The initial three year elementary program (known as the Lower Elementary) is based on the 5 Great Lessons:

the Universe

Life

Humans

Language

Mathematics

Each lesson presents facts through story and emphasizes that no subject can be taught in isolation.  The child is encouraged to embark on a journey of exploration, sparking interest and excitement.  Each of the Great Lessons is repeated yearly, taking on new perspectives and meeting the child’s growing hunger for knowledge.  This process guides each individual through a rich unfolding of:

—Language Arts (reading, writing, parts of speech, vocabulary, penmanship, poetry, research skills, report writing skills)

—Mathematics (multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, geometry)

—Advanced Practical Life (etiquette, cooking, gardening, sewing)

—Humans/History (origins of the universe, concept of time, ancient civilizations, human needs throughout time)

—Science/Universe (zoology, botany, matter, astronomy, conducting experiments)

Montessori elementary education is for those looking for something more than just a traditional education.  As one OakHaven parent expressed it, “Our children will learn reading, writing and arithmetic anywhere.  We want more than that.  We want our children to learn to think!”

Why Montessori Elementary?

Choosing Montessori Elementary: Three Factors to Consider 

OakHaven Montessori School is pleased to welcome eligible first through sixth grade students into our elementary program.   To be eligible, a child must have completed a Montessori primary program through the third year (kindergarten).  Students who have completed some portion of the Montessori three year primary program will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the faculty and the Head of School.

 

Here’s a snap shot into the classroom:

1st year work:

2nd year work:

 

Read Aloud Books
A special time of every day is Read Aloud, when Ms. Cass reads to the children. This is an essential component of language development, both written and spoken. This allows an introduction to all genres, and expands vocabulary and comprehension. Here is an example of read aloud books:

  • Bunnicular by Deborah and James Howe
  • Nurk by Ursula Vernon
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Grizzly Bear Family by Audrey Fraggalosch
  • The Secret Garden (abridged) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Marguy Williams
  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Granite Iditarod Champion by Susan Butcher and David Monson
  • Mites to Mastodons: A Book of Animal Poems by Maxine Kumin
  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

 

Goings Out
Goings Out are a unique part of the Montessori elementary program. It is the opportunity for the students to experience the world outside the classroom and apply the skills they are learning here to real life. This is not a class field trip; a typical going out includes 1 to 3 children. The purpose of a going out may include research, to obtain supplies or other useful information.

“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe,’ but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.” ~Maria Montessori

Here are a few of the student’s most recent destinations:

  • Petland
  • Busch Wildlife Conservation
  • Community Supported Agriculture in Defiance
  • World Bird Sanctuary
  • Schnucks
  • St. Charles County Library
  • Whole Foods
  • Pigeon Farm
  • Rita’s Farm
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • Powder Valley Nature Center
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Butterfly House
  • Geocaching

To learn more about this amazing program, also see:

Goings out – Not Just for Children Anymore

 

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