After completing the Kindergarten year, North Star’s Elementary Program (6 to 12 years) is the
next stage in the Montessori educational continuum. Our elementary classrooms are designed
to build upon the foundation established in the Primary years and further support the holistic
development of the child. The Montessori Elementary Program at North Star offers a robust
curriculum, second language instruction, an importance on Physical Education and a dynamic,
supportive, stimulating, and collaborative learning environment.
Here are key features and benefits of Montessori elementary education:
Multi-Age Classrooms: Similar to the Casa Program (Preschool/Daycare), the Montessori
elementary classroom at North Star is organized as multi-age communities. Students in the
Elementary Program are grouped together in a three-year age span (6-9 years and 9-12 years),
allowing for a diverse and collaborative learning environment.
Holistic Curriculum: The Montessori elementary curriculum is comprehensive and covers a
wide range of subjects. In addition to continued focus on language, mathematics, and practical
life skills, the curriculum expands to include cultural studies, sciences, history, geography, art,
music, and physical education. The goal is to provide a well-rounded and integrated education.
Hands-On Materials: The Montessori elementary classrooms at North Star continue to utilize
hands-on, self-correcting materials. These materials are designed to engage students in active
learning and exploration. They often allow for abstract concepts to be presented in a concrete,
tangible way, supporting a deep understanding of academic subjects.
Freedom within Limits: The Montessori philosophy of giving children freedom within limits is
maintained in North Star’s Elementary Program. Students have the freedom to choose their
work, explore their interests, and work at their own pace. However, this freedom is guided by the
teacher’s observations and the structure of the prepared environment.
Independent and Collaborative Learning: Students at North Star Montessori are encouraged
to work independently on tasks that align with their interests and abilities. Additionally, there is a
growing emphasis on collaborative learning, with students engaging in group projects,
discussions, and cooperative activities that foster social skills and teamwork.
Individualized Instruction: The teachers at North Star continue to provide individualized
instruction based on each child’s unique needs, interests, and learning style. This personalized
approach ensures that students receive the support and challenges necessary for their
academic and personal growth.
Cultural Studies and Cosmic Education: Montessori elementary education at North Star
places a strong emphasis on “Cosmic Education” — an approach that aims to help children
understand their place in the broader universe. Cultural studies, including geography, history,
and science, are integrated to provide a global perspective and to instill a sense of
Transition to Abstract Thinking: As students progress through the elementary school program
at North Star Montessori, there is a gradual transition from concrete to abstract thinking.
Montessori materials and lessons are designed to guide this cognitive development, allowing
students to explore increasingly complex concepts in various subject areas.
Focus on Peace Education: Montessori education at the elementary school level includes a
focus on peace education, emphasizing conflict resolution, social justice, and global awareness.
This aligns with Maria Montessori’s vision of education as a means to contribute to a more
peaceful and harmonious world.
Montessori elementary education is designed to foster a love of learning, critical thinking, and a
sense of responsibility in students. The combination of a carefully prepared environment, multi-
age classrooms, and a holistic curriculum at North Star Montessori aims to support the child’s
intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development during the crucial elementary years.