About Rooted Life Montessori's Elementary Classes
Once the primary root of a plant has developed and become grounded, the secondary roots begin their work of further securing the plant to the soil and commence the process of nutrient intake. So too, as the child transitions from the primary classroom into the lower elementary, there is a distinct shift in the developmental plane. Where the primary child was satisfied with the "what" in the world around him, the secondary root emerging from the elementary child is now concerned with the "why".
Choosing a private school education for your Elementary child is one of the most important decisions you will make, and the Montessori Elementary program at RLM offers an unparalleled opportunity for the social, emotional, spiritual and academic development of your child. As you enter RLM’s Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms for the first time, you will notice a distinct difference from a traditional classroom. AMS and/or AMI Elementary classrooms around the world will share the following characteristics:
- The Montessori elementary is built on the foundations of the primary.
- The elementary “curriculum” is only limited by a child’s imagination.
- Children work collaboratively and cooperatively.
- The classroom is designed to nurture imagination and reason.
- The children’s work is open-ended and creative.
- Children are agents in their own education.
- The children explore their own interests while meeting age-appropriate standards.
- The children are empowered to seek knowledge beyond the classroom.
- Montessori elementary children transition well into other schools.
You may read further about each of these characteristics in the following article here by mariamontessori.com
Inspiring Children To Learn
- Cosmic meaning order and harmony within the universe.
- Elements of the cosmos meaning land air, water, plants, animals, humans, and energy.
Elementary students will study cosmic education:
Cosmic education, therefore, is a creation based unit study interconnecting the sciences with history through exploration, research and critical thinking, and is truly the heart of the Elementary Classroom.
Whether the child experiences an atom, a cell, or his own morality, the secret at this stage of learning is to regard the child's intelligence as fertile soil in which seeds may be sown. While it is possible to teach each science in exactness or completeness, during this time we choose to broadcast widely a maximum number of seeds of interest into God's creation. These seeds will be held in a child's mind to be further developed in the future. The distinct difference in the curriculum at this stage is the inter-connectedness of all creation throughout the universe and how it works according to His purpose. The defining difference of RLM’s Cosmic Education curriculum is that we teach from a Biblical worldview.
The 5 Great Lessons
We purposely awaken interest with the child's own imagination through impressionistic stories, charts, and diagrams. With the start of the first Great Story, the laws of the entire universe are laid, and all the sciences are built upon it in one unifying theme. The impression of God’s handiwork is woven throughout the entire curriculum.
The First Great Lesson
17 different demonstrations explore temperatures, solids, liquids, gas, rigidity, elasticity, plasticity, states of matter, density, gravity and more during the first great lesson. This story opens the origin of the physical universe including Astronomy, Meteorology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Geography.
The Second Great Lesson
The 7 Days of Creation story and timeline, and the study of Biology, Botany, Habitats (Biomes) and Zoology is opened during the second great lesson.
The Third Great Lesson
History, Culture, Social Studies, Discovery and Invention, or what we call the “Needs of Man” is opened during the third great lesson.
The Fourth Great Lesson
The history of how travel, colonization, commerce, and war have influenced and adapted both spoken and written language within a society and how our language evolved over time is explored during the fourth great lesson. The further study of Reading, Writing, Language, Structure, and Usage now has significant meaning for the child.
The Fifth Great Lesson
The history of pebbles, notches and knots as early counting, or the practical need to establish planting boundaries (rectangular) of the Nile River in Egypt gives substance to the further study of mathematics and its related subjects. The fifth great story, or The Invention of Numbers, opens the study of Mathematics, Numbers, Geometry, Money and more.
Innovation and Technology
Children today are surrounded by technology in our homes, cars, shopping, and entertainment. While technology is a great tool and has a permanent place in our society, any tool we develop an overreliance on or use inappropriately has negative consequences; even if it’s a good thing. Here at RLM, we surround our Elementary students with hands-on learning materials, interactive social environments, daily group collaboration, and stories to captivate and ignite their own imaginations to drive learning. By not exposing children to the risks of technology at school during the Elementary years, we therefore put technology training and choices back into the hands of the parents. Here at RLM, we firmly believe in the Montessori tenant that a concrete, real-life academic, social, emotional and spiritual 6-year experience is better than a virtual one.
“The six-year Montessori experience gives elementary children opportunities to appreciate their roots in the universe, to sense their place in its context, and to embrace the role this defines for their life.''
~Michael and D’Neil Duffy
Real World Skills
On Friday, our Elementary students learn simple corporate concepts by running a small lunch service. This exercise teaches them:
- Money Management
- Resource Management
- Customer Relationships
- Supply & Demand
- Organizational & Planning Skills
We utilize the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Junior system to further teach the Elementary students proper management of the money earned through their business endeavor.
The Elementary classroom saves a portion of their proceeds to make a purchase for the Primary classroom. The 2017-2018 class raised $322 and purchased a Botany Leaf Cabinet, and multiple mathematics materials for the current and future Primary students!
The Elementary classroom uses funds from their spend category to fund their own field trips and expand their study of Cosmic Education out into the community. The 2017-2018 class raised $321 to take 3 field trips!
This year the Elementary students donated $322 to Meals on Wheels of Johnson County to give back to the community and support local needs. In addition, the Elementary students ride out 1/x per month to deliver the meals to local residents and spend time visiting and encouraging the families blessed by this service.