“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.”
A new classroom will emerge this fall at LifeSong Montessori as the third-year class completes their last lower elementary year. In the new upper elementary classroom, the Montessori materials start to give way to larger, hands-on projects that encompass many areas of study and we are so excited!
In the last two years of her life, Maria Montessori wrote curriculum for the elementary and middle school years. Her “Five Great Lessons”, presented to the students over their three years in the lower elementary classroom, are stories designed to engaged students and spark curiosity and wonder. The upper elementary classes, in further exploration of this “Cosmic Curriculum”, discover a much bigger world and are able to choose their own paths of more detailed study.
Much like the project-based curriculum of STEAM schools, we will be exploring the Montessori lessons through science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Robotics, computer coding, woodworking, puppetry, textile crafts, cooking, and gardening are several of the projects we will tackle in upper elementary.
As Dr. Suess tells us in his book, with the brains in our head, and the feet in our shoes, we can steer ourselves any direction we choose.
Written by Carolyne Britt, Upper Elementary Guide