Grades 1-4 Curriculum
The lower elementary program at Macomb Montessori Academy allows students to expand their knowledge in a wide range of academic subjects – building on the skills and social abilities that they developed in Kindergarten. Academic subjects are integrated into a program designed to allow children to learn at their own pace.
Freedom of movement, open work areas and uninterrupted blocks of time for individual and group projects help to support the 6-11 year old’s drive toward autonomy. Students are guided through a rich and challenging curriculum as they continue to work both individually and in small groups. The program permits a variety of approaches using colorful manipulatives that make sense of abstract principles.
The subject matter includes:
- Sentence analysis
- Creative writing
- General science
Grades 5-6 Curriculum
The upper elementary curriculum is built upon the foundation laid in the primary and lower elementary classrooms. New materials are introduced as the child moves from concrete to abstract thinking. The curriculum is integrated, individualized, academically challenging and meets the developmental needs of each child, intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. The students experience individual, small and large group lessons and projects.
Subject areas include:
- Language Arts (penmanship, spelling, grammar, reading, study of words, creative writing, sentence analysis and diagramming of sentences)
- Math (arithmetic, geometry, algebra)
- Geography (physical, political, economical)
- Science (Botany, human anatomy, zoology, astronomy, chemistry, physics)
- Practical Life (cooking, sewing, cleaning, community service)
Children build time lines, record science experiments, research and present written reports and projects and learn computer skills. Field trips that relate to areas of study are scheduled to enhance the child’s learning experience.
Organizational skills and independence are developed through the use of classroom work plans, homework planners and weekly schedules. Class meetings encourage cooperative efforts as questions of right and wrong lead to discussions on fairness, rules and procedures. Also, literature circles serve as a venue for discussions about character development, responsibility and accountability in our personal lives.