THE MONTESSORI DIMENSION
Cosmic Education nurtures pupils’ global perspective and understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings. Pupils learn that all life forms rely on one another and cannot exist in isolation. This inspires pupils to appreciate and recognize the interdependence of the world around them. Dr. Montessori believed that through this holistic approach, pupils develop a personal philosophy that ignites their curiosity, grants them a deeper understanding of their role in the world, and motivates them to fulfil their purpose.
The curriculum begins with the "Great Lessons," which are impressionistic stories that introduce pupils to fundamental concepts and the interconnectedness of knowledge. These lessons serve as a foundation for further exploration in subjects such as astronomy, earth science, biology, history, anthropology, social studies, language, mathematics, music, and art. The aim is to provide children with a holistic understanding of the universe and their place in it.
Mixed Aged Classrooms
The Elementary program is divided into Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9-12). This offers a micro-society of pupils of various ages, interests, and personalities, which provides opportunities for socialisation, collaboration, and the development of leadership skills. Pupils learn to receive help and offer help, fostering a sense of community and interconnectedness.
The Montessori materials, embody the learning curriculum and are designed to stimulate the child into logical thought and independent discovery. The Montessori materials are provocative, enticing and simple to use. However, beneath the beauty and simplicity, lies a deep intentionality. The materials are each designed to meet one or more specific needs in the child, and every piece of material has been developed in the context of all the other materials. They are offered to the child in a sequence which promotes the gradual layering of learning and understanding. Each piece of material has what is known as a "control of error". If the child has done something incorrectly it will be self-evident.
Independent research plays a significant role in the Montessori elementary curriculum. Pupils engage in small group projects that spark their imagination, stimulate their intellect, and promote their reasoning abilities. These projects encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. The emphasis is on the process of learning rather than simply acquiring information, allowing children to actively participate in their education.
Emotional Intelligence and Community
EMC believes in the power of emotional intelligence and the importance of a supportive community. EMC fosters a warm and inclusive environment where pupils feel valued, respected, and encouraged to express their thoughts and emotions. Through cooperative activities and a focus on empathy, pupils will develop strong interpersonal skills and a sense of belonging.
Cultivating Awe and Gratitude
EMC aims to instil a sense of awe and gratitude pupils for the world around them. By exploring the interconnectedness of subjects, pupils gain a deeper understanding of the world's wonders. This holistic approach cultivates a lifelong appreciation for learning and nurtures their curiosity about the interdependencies between different areas of knowledge.
EMC embraces the practice of "going out" to provide pupils with real-world learning experiences. Through small-group learning and meaningful connections with classroom lessons, they venture beyond the confines of the classroom, actively participating in planning their educational adventures. This approach breathes life into their education, creating a vibrant and enriching learning journey.
Overall, the Montessori elementary curriculum aims to support pupil's intellectual growth, social development, and moral orientation. It recognizes their natural curiosity, energy for research and exploration, and their desire to contribute to the world. By providing a rich and integrated learning environment, Montessori education nurtures pupil's intellectual abilities, social skills, and their sense of connectedness to humanity.