Mathematics: Students explore a broad range of concepts using Montessori materials. Concepts explored range from basic arithmetic operations, decimals, measurement, logic problems and 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,comprehension and interpretation. Reading can be found in every component of the classroom. Time spent reading fuels a student’s curiosity, satisfying one’s sense of adventure and leading them into writing poetry, narratives, stories and expository 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 class students discover formulas to calculate the area of plane figures, the volume of solids and the relationship of geometric figures.
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, mountains, and weather 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 from our experienced specialists, giving students great opportunities to develop their creativity, cultural souls and inquiring minds.
Spanish specialists meet with students twice a week in small groups, to immerse them in the language and cultures of Latin America and Spain. Developing the students vocabulary, conversation, and a understanding of Spanish grammar.
Science specialist takes students further in fields of physical science and chemistry. Students while conducting science experiments, observe and record conclusions.The use of materials and open ended inquiry brings students to explore possibilities and encourage research.
Drama specialist bring energy and expertise to the classroom during drama class. In the spring students combine their talents for the annual play.The curriculum focuses on physical awareness, collaboration, using ones voice and fostering confidence. Through games, stories and literature students encounter various elements of dramatic expression.
Music classes are diverse, weaving together music and instruments from different periods and cultures. Students learn musical notation, sing and have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments.Winter and spring bring evening performances highlighting the musical talents of the students.
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.