Offered at Main Street Montessori Campus
Offered at Main Street Montessori Campus
At the Main Street Elementary program, we provide an authentic Montessori experience for the Milpitas community. The Montessori elementary curriculum is, by nature, interdisciplinary. It is carefully structured and integrated to tie the separate disciplines of the curriculum together into studies of the physical universe, the worlds of nature and the human experience, allowing the child to glean his place in it.
The elementary Montessori curriculum encompasses the full mastery of basic skills, going well beyond by promoting independent thinking and creativity. In addition, Montessori imparts other valuable life lessons such as how to work with others; peaceful resolution to conflicts; teaching and leading others; service to the community and social responsibility.
Practical Life – Practical life retains its importance in the elementary classroom. Children care for their classroom, keeping it clean and orderly and providing care for plants and animals. Practical life also may include snack and meal preparation. Grace and courtesy are still vital in the elementary classroom. Children may greet visitors and give tours, learn to support others in their learning, learn communication skills and conflict resolution skills.
“Going out” (field trips or walks off campus) are another part of practical life in the elementary classroom. Children attend plays, concerts or go to museums to practice appropriate behavior at community events. Children help in planning going out experiences based on their interests.
Reading – For most students, the first two years in the lower elementary classroom are spent working to build reading skills. During this process, the child is also developing comprehension skills by participating in peer discussions, predicting and using context cues.
Reading materials are cross curricular, integrating history, geography and science. As students work with special 3-part cards, their reading and comprehension skills are bolstered. Children are exposed to a variety of literature genres throughout the school year.
Grammar – The study of grammar begins almost immediately after the child begins to read.
During the three-year cycle in the lower elementary classroom, children are given key experiences with the nine parts of speech every year. These experiences are lessons and activities that introduce them to the Montessori grammar symbol and function of each part of speech by using objects and actions. This layering of information is necessary to develop a solid foundation of how words function within sentences.
The children symbolize sentences by placing symbols for the appropriate part of speech over each word. When ready, a child begins to identify words by their function and have additional experiences in classifying parts of speech with language grammar materials including the grammar command cards and grammar boxes to deepen their understanding. They then move into learning about the parts of the sentence through analysis.
Writing – Even children who are not yet ready to write with pencil and paper can create sentences and stories with the movable alphabet. Students work through a process of writing that helps them to get their thoughts on paper in an organized fashion. This process is done using concrete materials, using the Four-Square Writing Method and Ralph Fletcher’s Writer’s Notebook. As they practice, children internalize the skills needed to become proficient writers.
Throughout the writing process, students learn about the mechanics of writing: sentences, paragraphs, editing, capitalization and punctuation. Children experience a variety of styles of writing. They write fiction, non-fiction, comparative paragraph, poetry and friendly letters. Within this process, children learn the basic research skills needed to be competent writers, which includes dictionary and children’s encyclopedia use.
Mathematics – In the lower elementary classroom, children work on two paths of mathematics, the study of the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division and the memorization of math facts.
Using Montessori materials, the child begins with the golden beads, which present place value. As the child becomes more proficient, he utilizes materials that incrementally become more abstract. The process of memorization of facts is also presented in this tangible way. The Montessori materials bring active learning into the rote memorization process through games and charts.
Children are introduced to fractions using materials and begin addition and subtraction work with the fraction materials. Children are exposed to measurement of length, weight, area and temperature including English and metric units.
Building on the introduction to plane and solid geometry in the preschool classroom, using puzzle shapes, triangular pieces, and blocks, children continue to study geometric nomenclature using 3-part cards. These include the study of a variety of geometric shapes and an introduction to the study of angles and triangles.
Children learn to recognize coins and bills and count money; to tell time on an analog clock; and to read bar graphs and pie charts.
Word problems are used to incorporate all these concepts.
Biology – Biology falls into the subject areas of botany and zoology, with an emphasis on classifying the living world. Children learn Domains and Kingdoms before moving into the specific study of plants and animals.
The use of the botany materials and lessons allow the child to learn about the parts of the plant, leaf and flower. Nomenclature cards and real specimens are used to introduce the child to each part of the plant. Children trace various leaf shapes and can match them to actual samples of leaves.
The zoology materials expose children to the study of the animal kingdom. Through nomenclature cards, animal puzzles and real specimens, children observe, research and give presentations about vertebrates and invertebrates. Habitats, body functions, camouflage, adaptation and characteristics of an animal are some of the topics children typically learn about while doing their research.
Physical Science – The first presentation of the school year is an amazing story of how Earth came into being. This grand story sparks the child’s imagination and becomes the springboard into the rest of the curriculum studies. Children learn about the formation of the universe and of the solar system with an emphasis on our planet Earth. They experience and research the laws of the universe, the states of matter, the earth’s orbit around the sun, the earth’s composition and the seasons.
Lower elementary children are introduced to basic concepts in physics, chemistry, and the scientific method.
Geography – Once the child has a view of how the earth came into being, this leads to the study of the land and water forms, continents and oceans. Each continent is studied in depth. They label puzzle maps and create maps of their own. They spend time researching countries to learn about their cultures, economics, government, capitals, flags and languages. The foundation of this learning is the independent research of information, culminating with presentations to the whole class.
Head of School
Director of Elementary Programs
Sarah Chandler has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is credentialed by the American Montessori Society to teach ages 3 – 6 (early childhood), 6 – 9 (lower elementary), and 9 – 12 (upper elementary). Ms. Sarah is a native of Michigan who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction through Central Michigan University. She is also certified in Visual Arts Education through the state of Michigan. She has also been a teacher-trainer for many years, as well as an elementary coordinator for organizations in Michigan. Ms. Sarah is passionate about helping students reach their highest potential, academically, emotionally, and socially. She believes this is best achieved through Montessori methodology, combined with other research-based practices.
She joined MSOSV in 2019, and is thrilled to apply her knowledge and expertise to help launch an Elementary program in 2020.
Morning circle: silent reading, lesson(s)
Work period, open snack
Ending circle/jobs/read aloud
Recess & *Going Out (*periodically every month)
Enrichment Studio/STEM activities
Clean up/prep for following day
Work Period: This consists of an uninterrupted time of individual and small group work and lessons.
Recess: This is a time in which the students play and explore outside and sometimes play games indoors.
Going Outs: Children go out to venues as a whole group or by interest, giving them real world experiences.
Enrichment Studios/STEM activities: The Studio Classes in primary will extend to the elementary level with the addition of a Science/Technology/Engineering/Math Class.
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Elementary Classroom Showcase (Group Tour)
Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Internal Enrollment begins (existing MSOSV families)
Monday, February 10th, 2020
Open Enrollment begins (open to public)
Monday, July 6th, 2020
Summer Program Begins
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
First Day of School
Elementary School Day
Elementary Full Day
8:30am – 3:00pm
7:00am – 6:30pm
$1500 / month
$1900 / month
Materials & Going Out Fee
February 7th, 2020
September 1st, 2020