WMS Course Curriculum
“I’m so impressed with the teachers and staff who guide the children academically and socially. I appreciate the beautiful environment, the parent education and the children’s the travel experiences. We also value the diversity in the school.” – Betsy Mitten, current WMS parent
The Wheaton Montessori School’s Elementary Curriculum continues the Primary Curriculum’s focus on inspiring our children to learn to be self-directed and independent, while deepening communication skills, collaboration, and problem-solving. The environment and materials in the Elementary classrooms focus on on structured, meaningful activities that are developmentally-appropriate for these students.
A Day in the Life of an Elementary Student
Much like in our Primary classrooms, Wheaton Montessori School Elementary students work in a classroom of mixed-age students, ranging in age from 6 through 12. Children can find peers with whom to collaborate and cooperate on lessons, projects, and research.
Lessons are typically presented to individuals or small groups of students by the classroom teacher; the child is then encouraged to freely choose to repeat the work and explore the lesson as often as necessary for mastery. The scope of lessons and meaningful work in the Elementary classroom is broad, focusing on the child’s entire universe in the child’s relationship with it. Rather than working on specific subjects in isolation, Elementary students work in longer, uninterrupted cycles of integrated subject matter and learning, developmentally-appropriate for the elementary-aged mind.
Along with their work in the classroom, Elementary students also spend time in self-directed exploration out in their surrounding world, known as “going-outs” in Montessori curriculum. Trips to the library, museums, aquariums, and studios are common for this age group. We take advantage of the wealth of opportunities in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, visiting the Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Marsh, and Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
“The Big Trip”
Once a year, our upper elementary students attend a larger “going-out.” Past trips have included a week at the Teton Science Center in Jackson Hole, MarineLab in Key Largo, Nature Bridge at Olympic National Park, and the Catalina Island Science Institute.
Praise for Our Elementary Team
From the parents of a current elementary student:
“We were incredibly impressed with Tracy [Fortun] and Emily [Searcy]. They are experienced, perceptive, insightful, professional, very well-educated, and committed to what they do. There was also strong camaraderie and a teamwork vibe throughout all of the staff we met. It all adds up to a clear sense of long-term stability and common ground. We knew that our kid would be in the best of hands.”