Anchorage Montessori School’s elementary program includes two classrooms: one for students 6-9 years of age (Elementary I), and one for students 9-12 years old (Elementary II). Students who have been well prepared in a Montessori primary class will welcome the transition to the larger world of the elementary classroom. Here their growing abilities to learn cognitively through imagination, abstract thinking, and manipulation of materials are supported. Art, Music, PE/Health and Foreign Language are also a part of the program.
Basic language and math skills are at the core of the curriculum. These are further developed through a rich cultural program in history, science, and geography. By exploring the universe, the history of mankind, and elements of the natural world, the child comes to see relationships between world, self, and community. Because the emotional and social growth of the child is an important aspect of the elementary program, the classroom setting provides opportunities for working in small groups. The teacher guides the children toward independence as the children naturally take increasing responsibility for their behavior, their work, and the well being of their peers.
The Art program in the elementary classes covers a variety of art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and design. Each student is encouraged to explore his/her own unique vision and to see art as a valuable and exciting tool for self expression and understanding. Art projects are often tied into other areas of the curriculum as well as group projects for the school.
Physical Education extends past simple physical activity into an awareness and appreciation of our bodies systems, how they work together and how to care for them to elicit optimum performance and growth. Emotional and Physical wellness as well as an exploration of different seasonal physical activities helps students develop a positive attitude toward wellness.
Foreign Language at AMS for the elementary level students will focus on use of Rosetta Stone Online to provide a base curriculum in Spanish (Elementary I) with the option to diversify into another language (Elementary II). Conversational specialists in each language will be provided to facilitate development of daily skills in the languages and transition the textbook knowledge gained through Rosetta Stone into conversational practice over time.
Music in the elementary programs takes on a whole new life beyond the basics and music appreciation as children are provided opportunities in both vocal performance and musical instrument studies.
Before and After School Care
Anchorage Montessori School provides quality care for currently enrolled elementary aged students before and after the school day. Students are in a home-like atmosphere and engage in activities including games, arts and crafts, quiet play and recreation.
Summer Academy & Recreation Program
This program offers the elementary child (6-12 years old) an opportunity for fun, socializing, and a chance to grow physically, intellectually, and emotionally. The Summer Program offers a variety of activities geared toward age group and skill level. Children participate in the planning and decision-making process for the program. Activities include games, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, music, drama, and weekly field trips.