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Whole child education for grades 1-6


Whole child education for grades 1-6

Montessori elementary education is self-directed and inquiry-based. The individually paced curriculum challenges children academically while supporting their well-being and sense of self.

Montessori goes beyond academics to educate the whole child. Students learn to question, think critically, take responsibility for their own learning, and to be contributing members of a respectful community. The MIR Elementary Program supports your child’s:

  • Executive functioning
  • Physical development
  • Social and emotional growth
  • Moral and character development
  • Cognition and learning

What Children Learn

Montessori’s approach for the Elementary child
is called “Cosmic Education,” and it responds to the sensitive learning periods of children this age. These are:

  • The sensitivity for culture, which is a quest for knowledge and understanding.
  • The sensitivity for the imagination, which permits the child to explore and conquer the new realities that he is interested in, from the vast environment of the cosmos to the invisible cells of life.
  • The sensitivity for morality, which outwardly reveals itself in his social relationships and interactions and inwardly reveals itself as the voice of conscience.

Within this framework, students learn geography, biology, history, language, mathematics in all its branches, science, music, art, and more by exploring their interests to mastery. 

Learn more about Montessori elementary education.

Program Options

Elementary classes are divided into two multi-age groups: Lower Elementary is grades 1 to 3, and Upper Elementary is grades 4 to 6.

School hours are 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Morning childcare is available 7:45-9 am, and afternoon childcare is available 3:30-5 pm.

MIR follows a traditional school-year calendar. We offer summer school for families with confirmed enrollment for the following school year. Elementary summer school is designed to reduce summer learning loss while offering social connections and fun.

Elementary Students at Work

The two videos below give you a window into the MIR Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms.

Montessori classrooms are very different from conventional classrooms. A Montessori Elementary classroom is spacious and open. It is designed for small-group lessons and for students to work in pairs, small groups, or individually. 

Students are free to move around the room as needed. They may be working at tables, on the floor, or tucked away in a quiet corner. MIR has ample outdoor workspaces to allow students to take advantage of California’s beautiful weather and learn from the outdoor environment.

Each classroom includes a student bathroom. We believe children understand their biological needs and are fully capable of addressing them without disruption to their education.

What's Happening at this Age?

“Psychologically, there is a decided change in personality, and we recognize that nature has made this a period for the acquisition of culture, just as the former was for the absorption of the environment.”--Maria Montessori

Montessori classified the Elementary ages as the “second plane (stage)” of development. She noted that this stage offered the greatest potential for intellectual development.

Learn more about your child’s development at the Elementary age and the difference from the previous stage of development.


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