“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge but must take a new path, seeking release of the human potential.” Dr. Maria Montessori
The joy of discovery
The Montessori elementary curriculum guides children toward independence, with more freedom to go where they need to go rather than where the testing goes,” explains one MMS elementary guide with previous public school experience. “Instead of just checking boxes for a list of standards, a Montessori education helps children to discover and become who they were meant to be.”
Our classes are divided into lower elementary (ages 6 to 9) and upper elementary (ages 9 to 12) groups. MMS currently has two lower elementary and one double upper elementary classroom, each led by a minimum of two trained, experienced Montessori faculty members.
Meet the MMS Elementary Faculty
Connections and community
Our experienced elementary teachers are passionate about inspiring students to explore and fulfill their individual potential through a discovery-based approach to learning. Elementary students connect subjects together in a meaningful or “cosmic” way as they explore the interrelationships that exist among all of the math, language and cultural subjects. (See the Five Great Lessons.)
Lessons are personalized and given at each student’s pace, capitalizing on the student’s particular areas of interest. Hands-on materials are used to clarify abstract ideas. While independent work is encouraged, students also study in small groups or with mentors to help them learn to work cooperatively and to develop strong social skills.
The Montessori elementary curriculum is divided into six subject areas: math, language, history, geography, biology and geometry. In-class Spanish instruction, computer classes and a comprehensive arts and physical education program further enrich our elementary curriculum.
Using concrete, semi-concrete and abstract materials, students are given individual and small group lessons in each subject area. Follow-up work is done independently with careful teacher guidance. Teachers conduct daily assessments of each child and plan lessons accordingly.
Our popular “Sixth Year Project” is a year-long writing and research project that culminates students’ elementary studies.
Based on our 39 years of experience serving more than 1,000 children, students who complete our elementary program are extremely well-prepared to be successful in whatever future educational setting they choose. Learn more about Montessori outcomes.
Collaboration and community
All of the aspects of the elementary community are designed to support the strong social and emotional needs of the students. They develop collaborative skills, self-confidence, leadership skills and compassion through their group work. Our teachers are also skilled guides in helping the children to work through conflict, helping them to solve their own issues in a kind and compassionate way.
Character and community
Weekly classes led by Sky Kershner, director of the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center, and the Rev. Ron English, help students develop communication and interpersonal skills that support positive personal, academic and social relationships and inspire them to become compassionate and socially conscious citizens of our school, community and planet.
Community as classroom
Off campus learning is a major component of the Montessori approach to education. Children at all levels enrich their academic lessons through multi-sensorial learning experiences off campus, including field trips and other interactive activities. These include an annual three-day session at The Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob for upper elementary and middle school students.