LOWER  AND  UPPER  ELEMENTARY  PROGRAMS

ABOUT  THE  PROGRAM

Welcome to the Elementary program at Princeton Preparatory Schools. Our Elementary program is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission with Quality, the highest ranking given by the organization for schools. We are now accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 school years. Our Elementary program accepts only 30 students each year.

Princeton Preparatory School’s Lower Elementary Program (First through Third Year), builds on the academic foundation laid in our Primary Program. The elementary child has an enthusiasm for learning as well as much curiosity. The elementary child begins to move from concrete to abstract thinking. This experience will shape not only your child's knowledge and skills, but also his or her attitude about learning for the rest of his or her life.

Montessori evolved out of the European tradition of academic excellence, and offers a rigorous course of study in the Upper Elementary years. Upper Elementary Montessori students (Fourth and Fifth Years) at Princeton explore the realm of mathematics, science, and technology, the world of myth, great literature, history, world geography, civics, economics, anthropology, and the bask: organization of human societies.

WE BELIEVE IN THESE FOUR STAGES OF LEARNING

  1. The Search for Information                                                                                                                                            Begin with a topic of interest, a question about the past, or a theory about the future.

  2. The Joy of Discovery                                                                                                                                                          The emotion of happiness when achieving a goal helps create strong mental pathways for information.

  3. Sharing the Discovery                                                                                                                                                       Explaining to others helps organize new information into meaningful concepts.

  4. Creating Something New                                                                                                                                                 Designing, inventing, writing, or performing about our new information requires a complete understanding of the concepts.

HOW  WE  ASSESS  PROGRESS

Princeton Preparatory School students are assessed both academically and socially through classroom observations, a collection of the child’s work, informal, and formal. Student progress is shared with parents through Parent Conferences, Progress Reports, and as needed or requested throughout the year. Elementary students develop daily work plans and choose the order of their daily work. This deep respect for the needs of the child to order his and her own day aids the development of internally motivated young people. Confident, engaged learners grow to be leaders in the classroom, and the world beyond Princeton Preparatory Schools.

DEVELOPMENTAL NOTES: LOWER ELEMENTARY

Children during 1st to 3rd grade are actively social and begin to demonstrate an ability to think abstractly. Montessori education, at the lower elementary level, is designed to spark the imagination and to address the child’s need to interact with others.

 

Through observation, teachers outline individual plans for each child’s developmental level.  Children are encouraged to learn both in cooperation with each other and independently. A multi-age group, 6-9 years of age, provides a community of support.

 

THE LOWER ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM FEATURES

  • Plants, animals, and beautiful materials.

  • Outdoor work and a discovery space with garden area.

  • Children have jobs and feel a sense of ownership within their environment.

  • Children learn about making plans and setting priorities in their work through the use of planners.

  • Students are self-motivated and enjoy the discovery and interactions that Montessori works provide.


CURRICULUM  OVERVIEW

Without the ability to picture what is beyond the senses, a child could not grasp the great mysteries of our universe. All elementary education begins and flows from the lessons of history: how the universe was formed, how life formed on earth, how man developed, and how man met his fundamental human needs of communication through the development of math and language. These studies result in an awareness of our interdependence and an inner gratitude for life. Our children will become the future world peacemakers.

 

There are many important subject areas your child will learn about each year, including:

  • Grammar

  • Mechanics

  • Math/Geometry

  • Geography

  • Physics

  • Zoology

  • Botany

Each year, your child will be introduced to the same elemental concept, but a new lesson will be given. This helps reinforce and build upon the previous concept—to expand into a new concept and understanding.

DEVELOPMENTAL NOTES: UPPER ELEMENTARY

As children move to the Upper Elementary level, which includes fourth, fifth and sixth grades, they are ready to embrace larger issues and more abstract concepts, conduct deeper research, and assume greater responsibility both in the classroom and in the larger school community.

 

At the Upper Elementary level, all curriculum areas are integrated. Math climbs through practical math (measurement, statistical analysis, trigonometry, calculus). Students participate in literature groups, in which a group of students read a book together and create a project around the book, and in Writers’ Workshop, which helps them to hone their writing skills through frequent practice and directed exercises. Continuing the tradition begun in Lower Elementary, they have 30 to 45 minutes of D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time daily. Students receive either individual or group lessons daily in a variety of subjects.

CURRICULUM  OVERVIEW

Individually Chosen Research
Students do a great deal of independent reading and library research. Children gather information, assemble reports, assemble portfolios and handmade books of their own, and teach what they have learned to their friends. Beginning by simply using an encyclopedia to find answers to a list of questions prepared by their teachers, Montessori students are taught how to use reference materials, libraries, and the Internet to gather information and uncover facts. Their oral presentations and written research reports grow in sophistication and complexity over the years.

Students work with the teachers to set their educational goals for the week, and take responsibility for accomplishing them. These executive skills of organizational development are essential to explore at this age before moving in to secondary education and beyond. At the social emotional level, Upper Elementary students continue their passion of discussion while developing a sense of the gray areas. These years are full of negotiation, within the world and with each other.Elementary Montessori students conduct numerous research projects. They are encouraged to explore topics that capture the imagination.

A TYPICAL ELEMENTARY DAY

The classroom opens at 8:00am and school starts at 8:15am. When the students come in, they put their belongings away and look at the schedule to see what they should do next (read, write in their journal, or start morning work). Each student fills in his or her individual work planners before morning meeting starts.

  • 8:30am – The teacher informs the students that it is time for morning meeting. During morning meeting, they go over the schedule of the day, lessons that will be given, and works that will be due that week. The teacher will review each student’s planner individually and ask the child what he or she is going to work on when morning meeting is over.
  • 9:15am – Small group lessons are given. Meanwhile, other students outside the group lesson work independently.
  • 11:10am – Students clean up by organizing or putting away their works if completed. During this time, the children also do their chores.
  • 11:30am – Lunch then recess.
  • 12:30pm – After recess, the students continue working independently. During this period, the students are introduced to Computers, Coding, Internet Research, and Website Creation.
  • 1:30pm Elementary students participate in afternoon programs:

 

 

  • 2:35pm – The students clean up once again: organizing their work, and putting it away in preparation for the following day.
  • 2:45pm to 3:00pm - Dismissal

Community Service

Art-History Program

P.E

Gardening

Yoga

  • Monday

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Friday

VISIT OUR CLASSROOM

The best way to learn about the Montessori Method and Princeton Preparatory Schools is to come spend some time at the school. We offer a flexible tour schedule where you will get a chance to visit each classroom and level. Seeing the children work in their environments is priceless! The Montessori environment is alive with movement and filled with materials that are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. The enrollment process consists of a tour, submission of an application, and then an interview of the child that’s conducted by an Elementary teacher.