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Elementary Curriculum Overview

Meeting House Montessori School offers first through third grade. We have an extensive curriculum that covers Math, Geometry, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, History, Science, Biology, Music, Spanish, P.E. and Art. In addition to the core curriculum students have the opportunity to participate in field trips, ski programs, weekly trips to the public library and animal husbandry.

Below is a sampling of the lower elementary curriculum that is covered in the first through third grades (this is not a literal scope and sequence for the full elementary curriculum).

Math/Geometry

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  • concept and process in operations of addition and subtraction
  • introduction to fractions
  • skip counting: powers of numbers, memorization
  • addition of coins, making change from notes
  • concept and process in operations of multiplication and division
  • equivalence of unlike fractions; addition of unlike fractions
  • basic concepts: point, line, surface and solid
  • names of geometric solids
  • study of angles: whole, straight, right, acute, obtuse; convex/reflex angles formed by a transversal
  • names of plane figures, including triangles and polygons
  • study of quadrilaterals (parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, rectangle, square)
  • study of polygons (pentagon through decagon)

Language

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  • word study: classifying compound words, alpha order, syllabication, suffixes, prefixes, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, homonyms, homographs, guide words
  • mechanics: periods and capitals, quotation marks, commas, apostrophes
  • phonics: short and long vowels, consonant digraphs, blends, vowels, digraphs
  • history of writing
  • writing process
  • print handwriting
  • cursive handwriting
  • spelling tests
  • spelling rules: silent e, doubling final consonants, drop the "e," plural endings
  • mechanics of writing

Grammar

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  • introduction to sentence structure: "asking" vs "telling" sentences; concept of a sentence as a complete thought
  • function of the noun family: article, adjective, noun
  • function of verbs, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, pronouns, interjections, the four types of sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative, exclamatory
  • study of style: analyzing simple texts for frequency of parts of speech
  • sentence analysis: simple sentences with predicate subject and object; indirect object; adverbial extensions

Biology


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  • parts of five classes of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and animals
  • first knowledge of animals and plants
  • parts of "plants" : seaweed, moss, fens, pine trees, flowering plants, fungi
  • body functions of animals / "plants" : (movement, anchorage, protection, support, nutrition, circulation, reproduction, dispersal)
  • beginning research into animals/ "plants" of choice
  • parts of a flower/leaf/root
  • advanced botany nomenclature (eg. types of leaf margins, types of fruits, etc.)
  • taxonomy: classification of animals/plants according to a five kingdom model
  • research and guided report writing

History, Geography and Physical Science

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  • concepts of time: noticing changes in seasons
  • graphing child's family ages
  • passage of years: making a personal timeline of child's life
  • history of names of days of the week and months of year
  • telling time on analog clocks
  • study of fundamental human needs of various cultures
  • arts of a year
  • Roman numerals
  • the Gregorian calendar and BC/AD or CE/BCE timeline
  • the "Clock of the Eras"
  • the Time Line of Life: detailed research into the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic and Neozoic Eras
  • history of maps; puzzle mapping; compass directions
  • land and water forms: physical geography
  • work of water
  • sound
  • parts of a river
  • sun and earth
  • light
  • pin maps: political boundaries of continents
  • beginning basic research on countries of choice
  • nature of the elements
  • the "Creation Story"
  • composition of the earth
  • parts / formation of mountains
  • magnetism
 

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