6-9 Curriculum Overview


Language Goals


Children in 6-9 classes will work towards the following according to developmental stages:

Use appropriate decoding and word recognition strategies:


Develop an increasingly extensive vocabulary to construct meaning while reading and enrich writing:


Assimilate information from prior knowledge and experiences to understand various genres:


Develop an understanding of the literary elements used in creating stories:


Respond to text in a variety of ways (speaking, writing, art):


Use a variety of resources (print, audio-visual, technology) to gather and evaluate information to share with others:


Written and Oral Communication Goals

Children in 6-9 classes will work toward the following according to developmental stages:

Written Communication


Oral Communication


Mathematics Goals

Students in a 6-9 classroom will develop their ability to:


Students will develop number sense, use operations for computation with understanding, explain relationships between numbers, and develop concepts of place value using concrete materials. In a 6-9 classroom, students will work towards:


Students will develop an understanding of Estimation, Measurement, and Computation. In a 6-9 classroom, students will work toward:


Students will develop an understanding of basic algebraic concepts. In a 6-9 classroom, students will work towards:


Students will develop spatial sense and understanding of geometry. In a 6-9 classroom, students will work toward:


Students will develop an understanding of patterns. In a 6-9 classroom, students will work towards:


Students will develop a beginning understanding of statistics and probability. In a 6-9 classroom students will work towards:


Cultural Studies Goals

Using Montessori's Five Great Lessons as a framework, the Cultural curriculum seeks to develop in the child a sense of the connectedness of things, to understand that:


The Cultural Curriculum seeks to infuse in children a curiosity about the world around us that will encourage them to ask questions, observe systematically, collect and analyze data, conduct experiments and communicate this information with others in a variety of ways.

Over the course of the 6-9 program, students will develop an understanding of their relationship and place in the development of the universe; how the earth has changed over time through physical, chemical and geological processes.

Astronomy


Earth Science


Physics


Chemistry


Students in the 6-9 classroom will gain a basic understanding of the development of life on earth. They will explore how living organisms, through time, met their needs for survival, responded to changes in their surroundings and contributed to the development of other living organisms.


Students in the 6-9 classroom will discover and develop a respect for the beauty and wonder of nature. They will develop an understanding of how plants, animals and humans relate to the natural environment and how, through science, we learn how nature works.


Students in the 6-9 classroom will develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of cultures across the world; that people interact with the natural world in distinct ways that produce cultural uniqueness; that people, places and environments are interrelated; that life involves producing and consuming.