Elementary II (EII)
The EII classroom extends and broadens the foundations set by the E1 classroom and provides our students with the independence necessary for the AP classroom. While we still use many Montessori materials, our EII curriculum directs student's thinking to become more abstract with the introduction of algebra, geometry, word functions, and the cradles of civilization in world history, to name a few.
Similar to EI, students participate in a three-hour morning work period where they have a flexible schedule and learn in small groups with their teacher. Afternoons are spent doing "Specials" such as Art, Spanish, and Music. Every Friday an expert from the community is invited to the classroom to speak about their background and job. We have invited people in the community such as chief police officers, engineers, massage therapists, archaeologists, and many other interesting professionals.
However, EI and EII differ in many distinct and crucial ways. Maria Montessori observed that children between the ages of nine and 12 are at the height of intellectual power. EII students are capable of more abstract thinking, create bigger projects, and delve into deeper learning. For example, students spend the fall semester researching early humans, ancient Egypt, or ancient Rome and create a beautiful report, implementing research from multiple source types, basic citation, illustration, and reflection. In the spring semester, students research the dark ages, ancient Greece, or Renaissance.
We invite you to visit our classroom, hear an expert speak, or become a part of our tight-knit community.
Courses taught in the EII classroom include:
- Literature circles
- Language Arts
- Individualized Spelling
- Physical education
- Visual Arts
- Culture & History