Elementary Class
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Elementary Class

1st Through 6th Grades

Ages 6 to 12 years old

Children learning at the elementary level in a Montessori environment encompasses multiple grade levels in one classroom. Children learn from older students and see those older students complete tasks that they will be doing themselves. Children often become mentors, helping their peers or younger friends with their “work.”

The classroom opens at 8:15 and school begins at 8:30. When the students arrive, they put their belongings away and look at the schedule to see what they should do next (read, write in their journal, or start morning work). Each student fills in his or her individual work planners before the morning meeting begins.

A Typical Day:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning tfila (prayer) where children learn to use the prayer book according to their level of reading and learning as well as learn parsha.
  • 8:50 a.m. – The teacher will inform the students that it is time for morning meeting. During morning meeting, they go over the schedule of the day, lessons that will be given, and works that will be due that week. The teacher will review each student’s planner individually and ask the child what he or she is going to work on when morning meeting is over.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Small group lessons are given. Meanwhile, other students outside the group lesson work on independent projects on the floor or at their desk.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Students clean up by organizing or putting away their works if completed. During this time, the children also do their jobs.
  • 12 noon – The students have lunch and then go to recess.
  • During the afternoon, the teacher observes and works with individuals as needed.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Children continue working in the afternoon or participate in specials, which include: Hebrew, Chumash, Mishaoit, Music, Gym, Art, Singing and Reading, depending on the day’s schedule.
  • 2:45 p.m. – After recess, the children reads quietly.
  • 3:25 p.m. – The children clean up once again: organizing their work, putting it away and doing their job. The children will get their mail and belongings ready for dismissal.

This curriculum is subject to changes and alterations and field trips are scheduled throughout the year.

Key Facts:

  • Grades 1-6, Ages 6-12 years old
  • August 30th birthday cutoff
  • Full week, full day
  • Before care option starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Aftercare option till 4:45 p.m.
  • September 1st registration cutoff

The Science lab in our classroom helps children to go through the history and etymology of the scientific subject. We use this method to go through Astronomy, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics.

We also teach our students Life Science. This curriculum includes Taxonomy, Zoology, Botany, Human Biology and the Basic Tools of Science, such as scales, microscopes and thermometers.

Students will learn to observe nature, conduct basic experiments, gather data and record observation.

Every day activities such as cooking, preparing lunch, gardening and sewing are part of our practical life work. We learn how to host and we learn how to build a tent and work with camp fire. Students are given daily access to computers for research and writing. The students learn time management by being given opportunities to make choices and act autonomously throughout the day.

Children are introduced to affixes, synonyms, antonyms, possessives, and contractions with hands-on materials. Sentences analysis and grammar are part of the daily exercise. At this stage, studying language also includes grammar and syntax, composition, reading, reference and study skills, and listening and speaking skills. This provides the students with a comprehensive education.

Elementary students learn about the History of Language, with both instructional and self-teaching materials. This allows the students to explore, memorize, and practice writing.

Hebrew reading and writing is also reinforced and learned through our materials and specialty reading program.

Our Elementary students study the decimal system, multiples and factors, geometry, fractions, powers and roots of numbers, measurement, statistics and graphs, pre-algebra, and more. They are fascinated by the history of mathematics.

Students dive into the number systems of ancient civilizations and use learning aids to make abstract concepts more concrete in topics such as geometry and fractions.

Students learn how to apply their skills practically to everyday concepts such as money and cooking.

Geography lessons are rooted in lessons on the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Students then apply these concepts to experiments and other exercises that relate to the topics.

Montessori pin maps help students delve deeper into the study of countries, flags and capitals. Students learn about the interdependencies of societies by tracing the origin of foods and the flow of goods to the market. Students will learn more in depth in matters relating to Israel and Judaism.

Dancing, singing and dramatic play are part of the classroom each day as the students go through different lessons. Music is woven into classroom content, such as Mathematics and Judaic Studies. It is key for the children to gain an appreciation for creative expression.

At this level, students are introduced to new art materials such as watercolors, colored pencils, charcoal, tempera paint, and modeling clay. In addition to art projects the students make as part of the curriculum, they also make art projects for national and Jewish holidays.

Our Jewish day school is dedicated to using Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy in the teaching of Jewish education. Hands on cards, games, crafts and treasure boxes hold an abundance of material for our students to discover.
Our students learn the Chumash weekly, as well as the Parasha and Rashi. They also delve into a deep analysis of our Psukim as part of our curriculum. Daily Tfila starts our mornings and the stories about our nation and the history of the Jewish people is intertwined with the geography, language and history curriculum.