Our elementary program includes lower elementary students (ages six to nine-year) and upper elementary students (ages nine to twelve) in a shared environment. This arrangement offers many opportunities for creating a sense of community based on mutual respect and cooperation. Students develop self-esteem, leadership skills and responsible decision making techniques, as well as time management and organization. In this program students work at their own pace. They will have lessons in a group as well as individually to meet their highest academic potential.
Elementary age children are eager for knowledge about cultural developments and scientific and artistic achievements. They yearn for an understanding of morality – what is good and what is evil, and the reason why. They strongly desire association with others which develops social skills and leads to self-knowledge and understanding.
In preparing the elementary environment, the Montessori School of Long Grove takes all these needs into account. The classroom is rich in attractive learning materials developed by Maria Montessori to meet the educational needs of this age group. Research, as well as independent and group work, is all encouraged. There are many opportunities for going out into the community and for activities in which students can test themselves both physical and socially. Overnight outdoor education experiences are part of the elementary curriculum.