As Montessori education does not follow a strict curriculum, each child’s learning experience is unique. Children are given a broad understanding of the world at large and their place in it, and are also presented with a solid set of linguistic, scientific, mathematical and logical thinking skills. Upon this framework, each child is then free to learn and explore topics that inspire and grow their love of learning

Early Childhood. The prepared environment is Maria Montessori’s concept that the classroom environment can be designed to facilitate independent learning and exploration by the child. Our Montessori classroom invites activity and participation appropriate to each child’s age and maturity. It is active, yet calm. Here, the child experiences a blend of freedom and discipline in an orderly space designed to meet his or her needs while learning many things, including:

  • Practical Life Skills: care of self, grace and courtesy, control of movement, care for the environment, basic nutrition and food preparation, and order
  • Sensorial Skills: visual and muscular knowledge of geometric forms with use of the geometric cabinet, geometric solids, constructive triangles, and binomial and trinomial cubes
  • Language Skills: pre-reading skills, nomenclature exercises that teach the names of objects in the child’s everyday environment, phonemic and phonological awareness skills, basic grammar lessons, and classical literature and poetry from the Junior Great Books Series and other original sources
  • Math Skills: fundamentals of the four mathematical operations (simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), measurement, fractions, time telling, exercises in the value of money, and visualization of the whole structure of our numeration system
  • Science and Nature Skills: biology, botany, zoology, study of living things and how they are affected by the environment, plant and animal life, health practices, and nutrition
  • History and Geography: the solar system, land and water formations, globes, maps, flags, multicultural awareness, time, calendar, seasons and personal family history

Lower Elementary. Grace Montessori Academy’s mission is to educate students using the Montessori method within the framework of a Christian worldview. Our curriculum is academically challenging and leads children to an understanding of the world as a Christian. Each avenue is taught from a perspective which encourages the children to stand in awe of God and His wonderful creation. Everything we study is presented with order and beauty, made appropriate and meaningful for young learners.

Children ages 6-9 are starting to realize that the world is an enormous, interesting place. They are primed to study continents, cultures, scientific concepts, and great literature, and the world becomes their classroom. The carefully developed elementary curriculum guides the child through identifying, classifying, and researching all of the fascinating concepts in each chosen field of study. The areas of practical life, language, math, geometry, botany, zoology, geography, and history are all represented in the classroom, with materials that lead the child to abstraction of the fundamental concepts in each area. Our lessons are aesthetically pleasing, yet rigorous and engaging, designed with intentional purpose and meaning. We strongly believe that children learn better in a multi-sensory environment.

  • Language Skills: speaking & listening skills, comprehension, handwriting, grammar, reading, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, vocabulary, creative writing, sentence analysis, alphabetization, and research
  • Math Skills: fundamentals of the decimal system, operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), fractions, problem solving, money, measurement, inequalities, geometry, area, and volume
  • Science: botany, zoology, and physical science
  • History: time, prehistory, citizenship and the solar system
  • Geography: political, physical and cultural geography

Upper Elementary. Students ages 9-12 at Grace Montessori cover broad areas of study and categories of skills, all guided by a Christian foundation. There are several major areas to explore in the upper elementary classroom that help the child realize that there is a grand plan and that he or she is a participant in this plan.

  • Communication: linking verbs, paragraph development, letter writing, summarization skills, research reports, creative writing, poetry, journaling, grammar, sentence diagramming, vocabulary and spelling, oral and written presentations, and reading
  • Latin: Grace Montessori uses the Prima Latina series, a program that helps to integrate the English and Latin languages.
  • Math Skills: fractions, decimals, metric measurements and geometry
  • Cultural Subjects: the three cycles of The Plan of God
  • Prehistoric cultures: Sumer, Egypt, physics, astronomy, health, and earth sciences
  • Classical Greece to the Renaissance: chemistry, health, earth sciences, and astronomy
  • Your child’s unique personal role in salvation history: life sciences, botany, zoology, earth sciences, astronomy, and health

This is a very general outline of what your child will learn at Grace. As we allow children to explore these topics in ways that are meaningful and inspiring to them, each child’s learning experience will be unique. To learn more, we invite you to download our school packet or schedule a school tour.