Mathematics: Students explore a broad range of concepts using Montessori materials. Concepts explored range from basic arithmetic operations, decimals, measurement, word problems and pre-algebra. Using concrete materials gives students a solid foundation from which to grow in order to apply math in the real world.
Language Arts: Language, in all its intricacies, is the thread that weaves through every aspect of the Montessori curriculum. Emphasis is placed on reading for clarity and comprehension. Reading can be found in every component of the classroom: fueling a student’s curiosity, satisfying one’s sense of adventure and leading them into writing poetry, narratives, stories and explanatory essays.
Geometry: Geometry is the study of physical shapes in the world around us. The students begin by experimenting with concrete materials which leads to identifying, comparing, and learning their parts. Students proceed to study the types of lines and angles, leading to the discovery of congruency, similarity and equivalency through the use of materials. In the upper elementary formulas are taught to calculate the area of plane figures and the volume of solids.
Geography: The study of geography is initially sparked through a lesson on how the Universe began. Students are guided through physical, political and human geography where they learn about the solar system, global geography, earth sciences and how the physical factors, like rivers and mountains, influence people’s lives.
Science: Students accomplish studies in biology by experimenting and observing plants and animals in order to understand their basic needs and to enable them to classify the life forms. A great deal of self- directed research is completed at the elementary level. Additionally, teachers engage students in the areas of physical science and chemistry.
History: History begins with the passage of time and is connected to the changes that occur geologically, geographically and biologically. The concept of people’s lives is explored through the history of early humans and the progress of civilizations. Learning about basic human needs gives students a global and human understanding. The retelling of stories from Montessori’s ‘Great Lessons’ and learning the biographical vignettes of those who came before us stimulates students’ imaginations and promotes inquiry.
Physical Education: The goal of the physical education classes is for every student to develop to his/her personal optimum level of fitness. Through physical activities students develop team skills, cooperation and an appreciation for healthy behaviors.
Bellevue Montessori School provides rich classes giving students great opportunities to develop their creativity, cultural souls and inquiring minds. Our Spanish specialist meets with students twice a week in small groups to immerse them in the language and cultures of Latin America and Spain. Our Science specialist takes students further in fields of physical science and chemistry using concrete materials and open-ended inquiry. Drama specialist brings energy and expertise to the classroom during drama class. In the spring students combine their talents for the annual play. Music classes are diverse, weaving together music and instruments from different periods and cultures. Students read music, sing and have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments.
After School Classes
Parents have the option to enroll in after school classes through separate vendors. Registration and payments are made to the individual vendors. Possible classes are Karate, Eco Explorers, and Chess.