- Monday through Friday
8:30am to 3:30pm
Lower Elementary Guides
Upper Elementary Guides
- Susie Reid-Gaudioso, assisted by Nancy Vaughn, Monica Simpson, Carol Kilminster
When students move from the Primary level to the Elementary grades, it seems everything gets bigger. The classroom, the kitchen, the garden - even the green space where students play - are all noticeably larger. The children themselves have grown and acquired a greater need to interact in groups, so their furniture and materials have been appropriately designed and sized as well.
What has grown more than anything, however, is the students' capacity and desire to discover the world and their place in it. Elementary children possess powerful intellectual curiosity and imagination. They have entered what Maria Montessori called the second plane of development, and are eager to acquire new concepts and experiences. No longer are they simply asking what, but using developing powers of reasoning and abstract thought to ascertain why, how, when, and where.
Children this age develop best when they are given a large framework from which to learn. Maria Montessori called it "cosmic education" - curriculum that teaches the grand interconnectedness of all things in the universe. "Our Elementary classrooms are not about presenting facts for memorization," says Omni teacher Susie Gaudioso, "but about providing students with the big picture and allowing them to break it down, connect the pieces, and come to true understanding."
At Omni Montessori School, a cohesive six-year curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of students ages 6 to 12. Classrooms are divided into Lower Elementary (grades 1 to 3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4 to 6).