Upper El Montessori Principles

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We are concerned with development of independence, concentration and order.

  • Independence requires development of the healthy will.
  • Developing a healthy will requires a student be allowed choices in education.
  • Concentration develops naturally from interest.
  • Order develops naturally from concentration.


There are sensitive periods for the acquisition of understanding.

  • We watch for the awakening of interest in an area, then introduce the student to work for developing that interest.


The curriculum must be presented through a prepared environment.

  • Educational materials are brightly colored and naturally attractive to the children.
  • We avoid directly teaching concepts, but using materials which clearly illustrate a concept, the child himself verbalizes the idea.


The Theory in Practice

The upper elementary child:

  • Is in transition toward abstract learning. The student needs concrete materials to assist learning abstract ideas, but the student will more quickly move toward working without them.
  • Is more concerned now with the interior, having largely attained control over the physical body.
  • Is in a sensitive period for the refinement of moral sense, particularly a sense of justice.
  • Is in a stage with Dr. Montessori called, “The Age of Rudeness.”


We provide:

  • Concrete, physical means to learn all the important concepts
  • Gentle, non-judgmental moral guidance to assist the emergence of conscience.
  • Follow-up discussion on any difficult social interactions that may occur. This may happen individually, in small groups or in a whole class setting, as circumstances dictate.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 4--Upper El and JH students to Keene State to cheer on Carter at the State Geography Bee

Tuesday, April 15--Community meeting hosted by the Upper Elementary class at 11:00

Thursday, April 17--Science fair for Upper El and JH students at 9:00 a.m.

April 21 to 25--No school

Wednesday, April 30--Charlotte's Web at CCA in Concord for Lower Elementary students

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