Our Elementary teachers in both classrooms are extensively trained to develop an individual learning program for each student, which often goes well beyond the provincial curriculum standards. Although the children work alone and in groups, lessons are mainly presented on an individual basis to match the student’s own pace, and progress is tracked daily. This individual attention to the development of the whole child also allows each student to achieve his or her full potential without pressure or a breakdown of self-esteem. Students become increasingly responsible for their own education, learning at an accelerated rate and developing a keen sense of self, community and the world.
Building upon the activities presented at the Casa level, children in our Elementary Program move through the following classrooms:
Lower Elementary (6–9 Years)
The Lower Elementary Program combines children of multiple ages in each classroom. Educating children of different ages together provides a unique environment for character development, as older children experience leadership opportunities, and younger students learn by observation and imitation. Instead of separating learning into specific subjects, students and teachers work together in an organic and exciting developmental process that encompasses all subjects: language, mathematics, history, science, geography, music, drama, art, creative movement and physical education. Technology is leveraged to make learning more fun, and some lessons are completed on current MacBook computers. Continued joy in learning, self-discipline and respect are emphasized, along with volunteerism.
Upper Elementary (9–12 Years)
The Upper Elementary Program builds upon the foundations laid in the Lower Elementary Program, focusing on a multi-age classroom environment, and an organic approach to learning, using current MacBook computers in most classes. Students in this classroom are prepared for the next step in their educations: Montessori Renaissance Middle School.
Grade 7 & 8: The Renaissance Years
Students reaching this important stage in personal development need a supportive community where they can learn about the world they are becoming part of. The Kendalwood environment encourages students to act as leaders, become good stewards of their community and to be responsible for their own education. We also encourage critical thinking, questions and discussions that help students make sense of their world.