The Montessori Curriculum Spiral
At any time on any school day, all subjects are being studied at Daycroft, at all grade levels. Subjects are interwoven and revisited at each level to further your child’s understanding and depth of knowledge in each area of study. Language, history, geography, art, music, mathematics, and the sciences are not isolated from each other. Hands-on concrete materials introduce each concept, and practice and repetition through various activities refine each student’s skills and abilities. This leads to abstract understanding and mastery.
Case in Point: Our “American Indians” Curriculum
In the early elementary years at Daycroft, the subject of American Indians is covered in a broad overview. Students explore the basic needs of American Indians including their homes, their diet, and their relationships with nature.
In the middle elementary years, Daycroft students build on what they have already learned about American Indians, tackling a more in-depth study of specific tribes and their lifestyles. Students research and compare tribal regions. They explore social structures, survival techniques, homes, supplies, relationships with nature, the need to travel for food, and spiritual beliefs. Students also discuss the effects of climate and geography on specific tribes. There are opportunities for advanced research, independent study, and hands-on activities.
In the upper elementary classroom, Daycroft students dig even deeper into the subject of American Indians. They learn about the impact that American Indians have had on the development of our nation. Students reflect on the American Indian’s role in colonization and important historical events such as the Revolutionary War. Students analyze and research expansion of European settlers and how this changed the life of the American Indian. Students look at how tribes changed as the American landscape changed. In addition, students reflect on modern-day American Indians and their culture.
“Daycroft gives children the solid foundation they'll need to be successful in their future endeavors.”
—Terri Middleton, mother of Lauren, Mark, Paul and Jake
- To provide your child with opportunities to work and cooperate within a mixed age group
- To encourage your child to carry out assigned tasks and meet deadlines
- To assess and challenge your child’s individual cognitive ability
- To provide your child with a stimulating learning environment where he or she can work at his or her own pace
- To make your child’s education “student-centered” and accommodate his or her own learning style
- To have your child experience the joy of learning and become a lifelong learner
Diane Mukkala, our head of school, shares her thoughts.
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