6 Years – 12 Years

Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our Elementary program includes Lower Elementary students (ages six to nine) 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 have lessons in a group format as well as individually to help them meet their highest academic potential.

Elementary-aged children are eager for knowledge about cultural developments and scientific and artistic achievements. They yearn for an understanding of morality, and they strongly desire association with others which aids in developing 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 fostered and encouraged. There are many opportunities for going out into the community and for activities in which students can test themselves both physically and socially. Overnight outdoor education experiences are and important part of the Elementary curriculum as well.

…This is the dream I wish for my children. I wish for them to learn from their own experiences. I wish for them to be leaders and not followers.

I have a lot of people that ask me WHY I send my kids to a Montessori school at the first and fourth grade level. It doesn’t seem like a wise decision given the public schools in my neighborhood are very highly ranked and included in my taxes.

Maria Montessori said, “Education is not what the teacher gives. Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual, and is acquired NOT by listening to words but by the experiences upon the environment…

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