At Chestnut Montessori School our goal is to enhance the child's understanding of the natural world through a classical approach to Montessori elementary education, integrated with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math curriculum. The 5 ½ through 9 year old child is extremely intelligent and is now ready for a rich and wide curriculum. Our hands-on materials encourage students to experiment, discover and explore abstract concepts. Memorization follows naturally.
Our cultural curriculum is based on The Five Great Lessons, when students experience an integrated immersion in Sciences, History, Geography, Language, Math, Music, and Fine Arts. They advance through curriculum on an individual basis and then they may work individually with the teacher, in pairs or small groupings, or in classroom gatherings.
Most students have already accomplished basic skills in Reading, Writing, Math, and Grace & Courtesy. We look forward to sharing the wonders of the world with them.
Our elementary curriculum allows inquisitive students to build on reading, writing, and math skills for in-depth and integrated studies of Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Geometry, and Performance Arts. It is designed to strike the child's imagination in order to have him or her become fully engaged in learning. The curriculum presents the big picture to the child first, then details. Cultural Studies are the center of the curriculum, with an emphasis on Science, History and Mathematics.
Each student consults with his or her teacher to create an individualized lesson plan based on the child's abilities. The work plans provide a structure that allows students to work with their teachers to plan weekly learning activities, to reflect on their work, and to assess it.