Curriculum

Guided by Montessori principles and philosophy, we commit to educating the whole child intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.

Our goal is to develop the child’s intellectual curiosity and awareness in harmony with creative and critical thought. Our curriculum supports the belief that:

  • learning is driven by the needs of students at different planes of development.
  • students learn best and are motivated most when constructing their own knowledge as active participants, instead of passively receiving information.
  • students are encouraged to develop a voice and to advocate for themselves.

Curriculum by Level

Pre-elementary (Age 3 through Kindergarten)

Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Pre-elementary classrooms offer prepared environments where children are free to respond to their natural need to work. The children’s innate desire for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with guidance from the teacher. Differentiated learning styles are supported and the children progress at their own pace and capabilities. Students will:

  • Gain independence through their work in a prepared environment.
  • Develop intrinsic motivation and concentration through the self-selection of their own work.
  • Build confidence and competence through the use of self-correcting materials that encourage purposeful repetition and invite creative innovation.

  • Use hands-on materials to build concrete understandings of abstract concepts.

Practical Life

Children of all ages are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Throughout Eton School, students of all levels are given opportunities to engage in activities of daily life in order to adapt and orientate themselves in their society. These exercises of Practical Life relate to the child’s time and culture here at Eton School. Gaining control of movement, organization and refining a sense of order, learning to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, and independence in learning are life-long skills. Practical Life includes activities that lead to successful independence as well as interdependence in the world.

  • Practice Grace and Courtesy: attention to manners and respectful actions.
  • Learn about Care of Person: understanding and acting on personal needs.
  • Take responsibility to actively care for the environment.
  • Focus on the refinement of movement through many activities.
  • Contribute in community outreach programs.
  • Promote positive behavior and interactions through Peace Education.

Sensorial

The word Sensorial comes from the word sense. It is through the senses that humans learn. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the individual to acquire clear, conscious information and then be able to make classifications in his or her environment based on this information. When children are given the keys to classifying the things around them, they begin organizing their intelligence. This leads to higher levels of thinking. Sensorial materials and activities are called “materialized abstractions,” meaning abstract concepts are made into concrete materials. These “materialized abstractions” also give children the opportunities to experience and develop different styles of learning. The students gain knowledge through their own experiences.

  • Practice visual, auditory, olfactory, kinesthetic and tactile discrimination.
  • Gain spatial awareness skills.
  • Work with patterning activities.
  • Learn to identify geometric plane shapes and solid figures.
  • Experience Indirect preparation for Math and Language.

Language Arts

The Language Arts program develops literacy skills that equip students to gain knowledge, broaden perspectives, enjoy literature, communicate with others, and to express their own creativity. Students refine their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of materials and methods. Students In the Pre-elementary program experience a rich Montessori curriculum, utilizing their senses. They work on pre-reading skills, phonemic awareness, oral communication, vocabulary, reading and writing.

  • Engage in verbal expression with multi-age peers and adults.
  • Complete classifying and sequencing activities to build strong reading comprehension skills.
  • Learn phonetic sounds and vowel and consonant blends.
  • Blend the phonetic sounds they know into words.
  • Build vocabulary through work in every area of the classroom.
  • Begin reading and writing phonetically.
  • Grow in the ability to sound out and read developmentally appropriate literature.
  • Write stories as vocabulary and confidence builds.

Mathematics

The primary objective of the math program is to inspire mathematical confidence and develop competence for each student to reach his or her mathematical potential. The Pre-elementary students build a sense of quantity and number while working on mathematical concepts using a wide variety of concrete Montessori materials. Many of these mathematical experiences are introduced through exercises in Sensorial and Practical Life.

  • Concrete hands-on material based math program.
  • Focus on one to one correspondence.
  • Work with materials to learn quantities of numbers.
  • Associate symbol to quantity.
  • Practice place value.
  • Learn basic operations and number facts.
  • Introduced to mathematical concepts including geometry, fractions, money and time.

Cultural Studies

Students bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to school, forming a diverse community of learners. At each level, students work individually and in groups to obtain a better understanding of themselves and the world. Beginning in the Pre-elementary program, the students develop geography skills as they learn about cultural and physical geography.

  • Explore the passage of time through personal timelines.
  • Learn about the cycle of seasons.
  • Understand the concepts: past, present and future.
  • Focus on physical geography: land and water forms.
  • Practice map making skills.
  • Gain awareness of the different cultures of the world.
  • Integrated into all areas of the curriculum.

Science and Engineering

Science blends core ideas in physical, biological, earth and space sciences with engineering and technology. Students are given experiences and opportunities to explore, which lead to a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of science. In the Pre-elementary program, science, engineering and technology are woven into the fabric of the school day through shelf work, presentations, group projects, observation of nature, cultural studies, and individual research. The students build their knowledge through observation, investigation, and hands on materials.

  • Explore the Life Sciences: Botany and Zoology.
  • Experience the Physical Sciences: Simple Machines, Solid, Liquid, Gas, Light.
  • Learn about the Earth Sciences: Physical Geography and Geology.
  • Use age appropriate apps on iPad.
  • Introduced to technology devices as developmentally appropriate.

Spanish

In the Pre-elementary program, students study Spanish. The language is integrated into the fabric of each day with lessons once a week followed by vocabulary-building activities constructed around classroom materials. The students are also exposed to customs, clothing, art, music and culture of Spanish speaking countries.

  • Learn through small and large group lessons.
  • Expand vocabulary through engaging activities.
  • Able to use learned vocabulary throughout the week.
  • Introduction to Spanish culture and customs.
  • Listen to stories and folklore read in Spanish.

Library and Information Literacy

The Library and Information Literacy program nurtures a culture of intellectual growth and a love of reading that leads to enriched academic achievement and joy in the process of discovery. Students are encouraged to use the library resources both independently and on a scheduled basis with classrooms. In conjunction with their work in the classroom, the program increases student access to knowledge, strengthens their understanding of information literacy, and promotes an understanding of responsible digital citizenship.

  • Weekly visits to the school library for story time and book checkout.
  • Exposure to a variety of genres of literature and stories.
  • Care of books and library environment.
  • Learning literacy and pre-reading/reading skills through listening, music, finger plays, oral reading and group participation.

Health, and Social and Emotional Learning

The Health program incorporates specific topics of physical growth and wellness as well as emphasizing social and emotional development. Students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions regarding their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Students also gain awareness and understanding for the importance of a personal commitment to maintain a healthy environment.

  • Acknowledgement and accommodation of Individual “energy levels.”
  • Respect personal differences.
  • Meet the Department of Early Learning requirements of Vitamins C and A with daily snack.
  • Require proper hand-washing and other personal care habits.
  • Learn about friendship skills and social responsibility.
  • Promote positive behavior through peace education.
  • Work actively on learning to problem solve and resolve conflict.
  • Recognize and manage emotions.

Physical Education

Physical education is valued and physical movement is incorporated into the program at each level. The goal is to maintain and improve a healthy level of fitness and to provide physical activity that supports learning. In the Pre-elementary program, the Montessori classrooms afforded movement throughout the day a well as organized physical education classes.

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess.
  • Organized PE classes three to four times a week led by the teacher.
  • Focus on large motor skill development.
  • Introduced to activities that build eye-hand coordination.
  • Emphasis on team work and collaboration through cooperative games.
  • Seasonal work in the classroom garden or school yard habitat.

Music/Performing Arts

The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for students to express themselves visually, to develop skills and principles of design that instill artistic confidence, and encourage individual creativity.

  • Learn foundations in basic art design.
  • Work on strengthening fine motor skills.
  • Experience the integration of visual art activities in all other curriculum areas.
  • Introduced to art history and appreciation.

Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)

Thus, passing from simple objects to objects of ever increasing complexity, he organizes his character by means of internal order which forms itself within, and by the skill which he acquires.Maria Montessori, Spontaneous Activity in Education

The Lower Elementary program at Eton School is founded on the Montessori philosophy of education. Children are constructivists who develop learning in a mixed-age classroom over a three-year period. Their education occurs through individual and small group lessons, hands-on materials, peer interactions, and immersion in a comprehensive, multi-layered and integrated curriculum. The structure and depth of the program lends itself to a unique learning experience for each child. Students will:

  • Learn to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Manage their time through the use of Work Plans
  • Collaborate on assignments with peers and in multi-age groups
  • Pursue in-depth study in a wide variety of subjects
  • Focus on what it means to be a responsible global citizen
  • Build a sense of community
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Become self-directed problem solvers
  • Use compassion and empathy towards others

Practical Life

Students of all ages are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Throughout Eton School, students of all levels are given opportunities to engage in activities of daily life in order to adapt and orientate themselves in their society. These exercises of Practical Life relate to the student’s time and culture here at Eton School. Gaining control of movement, organization and refining a sense of order, learning to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, and independence in learning are life-long skills. Practical Life includes activities that lead to successful independence as well as interdependence in the world.

  • Understand Care of Person: able to express personal needs to adults and peers
  • Actively practice Grace and Courtesy becoming thoughtful and respectful members of various communities
  • Lead and participate in class meetings
  • Care for the Environment: Contribute positively to the school wide and global environment
  • Move with purpose refining large and small motor skills
  • Use classroom technology and learning tools respectfully
  • Learn time management skills through the use of a Work Plan
  • Practice presentation skills in front of their classroom peers and the wider school community
  • Collaborate with multi-age peers throughout the school day
  • Contribute to and support service learning projects and community outreach

Sensorial

The word Sensorial comes from the word sense. It is through the senses that humans learn. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the individual to acquire clear, conscious information and then be able to make classifications in his or her environment based on this information. When students are given the keys to classifying the things around them, they begin organizing their intelligence. This leads to higher levels of thinking. Sensorial materials and activities are called “materialized abstractions,” meaning abstract concepts are made into concrete materials. These “materialized abstractions” also give students the opportunities to experience and develop different styles of learning. Students gain knowledge through their own experiences.

  • Refine visual, auditory, olfactory, kinesthetic, and tactile discrimination
  • Demonstrate strong spatial awareness skills
  • Expand the ability to create and see patterns
  • Use concrete, hands-on materials in Math, Language, Science, Cultural, and Cosmic studies
  • Enhance discrimination and critical thinking skills through in-depth work with the Montessori geometry materials
  • Experience going to farms, parks, beaches, arboretums, and museums

Language Arts

The Language Arts program develops literacy skills that equip students to gain knowledge, broaden perspectives, enjoy literature, communicate with others, and to express their own creativity. Students refine their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of materials and methods. The Lower Elementary program continues to use Montessori materials as well as enrichment materials to build a strong foundation in language arts.

  • Read across curriculum areas for pleasure and content
  • Write for pleasure, communicating ideas to an audience, taking research notes and participating in Writer’s Workshop
  • Improve comprehension skills through Reader’s Workshop, Barnell Loft, Time For Kids, and literature groups
  • Learn to identify and use Grammar when writing
  • Expand vocabulary through word study activities and a variety of spelling programs including Spelling Connections, Spelling Power, and Instant Spelling Words for Writing
  • Practice writing mechanics daily
  • Refine small motor skills through guided handwriting lessons and cursive
  • Understand the Coming of Language through stories, research, and activities
  • Utilize technology by introducing word processing, research, presentation and keyboarding skills
  • Gain strong critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate with peers on projects and stories
  • Develop listening skills through plays, performances, group work, and author visits

Mathematics

The primary objective of the math program is to inspire mathematical confidence and develop competence for each student to reach his or her mathematical potential. Lower Elementary students continue to construct their knowledge of mathematical concepts using materials as they head toward abstraction.

  • Concrete hands-on material based math program
  • Focus on place value and the base ten system
  • Transition from concrete materials to abstracting mathematical operations
  • Develop mathematical concepts including geometry, fractions, decimals, measurement, money, graphing and time.
  • Introduced to algebraic concepts
  • Practice problem solving activities
  • Work on Model Drawing Math through the Singapore Math Program
  • Understand the Coming of Math through stories, research, and activities
  • Utilize online resources for math fact practice
  • Refine critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate on projects and in learning

Cultural and Cosmic Studies

Students bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to school, forming a diverse community of learners. At each level, students work individually and in groups to obtain a better understanding of themselves and the world. In the Lower Elementary program, students engage in a three-year cycle of cultural and cosmic studies. The focus is on asking big questions, discussing possibilities, looking at cultural stories and scientific studies, and learning about our universe and our world.

  • Integrated throughout daily classroom work
  • Study biographies, historical events, personal timelines, family history, history of different civilizations
  • Learn about specific cultures of people and places
  • Map continents or countries based on either their political boundaries or physical features
  • Focus on the Needs of Humans to learn about universal human needs
  • Explore the continents and peoples of the world
  • Use Technology as a research and presentation tool including learning about appropriate research websites, using Britannica online through the school website, word processing data, and presenting information using a variety of presentation tools
  • Work collaboratively and independently
  • Develop inquiry based learning
  • Gain awareness of what it means to be a global citizen
  • Visit natural history and science museums
  • Spark the child’s imagination through lessons and presentations based on Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum
    • The Coming of the Universe
    • The Coming of Life
    • The Coming of Humans
    • The Coming of Language
    • The Coming of Math

Science, Engineering and Technology

Science blends core ideas in physical, biological, earth and space sciences with engineering and technology. Students are given experiences and opportunities to explore, which lead to a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of science. In the Lower Elementary program, science, engineering and technology are woven into the fabric of the school day through shelf work, presentations, group projects, observation of nature, cultural studies, and individual research. The students build their knowledge through observation, investigation, and hands on materials. In addition, Lower Elementary students have a devoted science class once a week where they explore the Physical Sciences in greater depth.

  • Investigates the Life Sciences: Zoology, Botany
  • Studies the Earth Sciences: Physical Geography, Topography, Geology
  • Delves into habitat and biome studies of the world
  • Focus on the Physical Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Simple Machines
  • Utilizes Technology: Research, Word Processing, keyboarding
  • View current informational media through a variety of electronic devices
  • Emphasis on scientific inquiry and observation
  • Hands on activities and experiments
  • Learns to collect, organize and analyze data
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Works collaboratively and independently
  • Educational field trips to science museums and outdoor venues
  • Use classroom technology and learning tools respectfully

Spanish

In the Lower Elementary program, students study Spanish. The language is integrated into the fabric of each day with lessons once a week followed by vocabulary-building activities constructed around classroom materials. The students are also exposed to customs, clothing, art, music and culture of Spanish speaking countries.

  • Learn through small and large group lessons
  • Expand vocabulary through engaging activities
  • Able to use learned vocabulary throughout the week
  • Play collaborative games to learn and build vocabulary
  • Introduction to Spanish culture and customs
  • Listen to stories and folklore read in Spanish
  • Build simple phrases and sentences
  • Learn the fundamentals of Spanish grammar
  • Have conversations in Spanish

Library and Information Literacy

The Library and Information Literacy program nurtures a culture of intellectual growth and a love of reading that leads to enriched academic achievement and joy in the process of discovery. Students are encouraged to use the library resources both independently and on a scheduled basis with classrooms. In conjunction with their work in the classroom, the program increases student access to knowledge, strengthens their understanding of information literacy, and promotes an understanding of responsible digital citizenship.

  • Weekly library classes and book checkout
  • Exposure to and instruction on a variety of genres of literature
  • Care of books and library environment
  • Learning how to select books that are appealing and appropriate
  • Introduction to digital resources and other information technologies
  • Using inquiry to acquire new knowledge and build understanding
  • Collaborative discussion and creative group activities
  • Introduction to MakerSpace materials and projects that spark creative problem solving

Health, and Social and Emotional Learning

The Health program incorporates specific topics of physical growth and wellness as well as emphasizing social and emotional development. Students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions regarding their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Students also gain awareness and understanding for the importance of a personal commitment to maintain a healthy environment.

  • Care for oneself including personal hygiene and emotional well-being
  • Recognize personal skills, strengths, and challenges
  • Learn about friendship skills, social responsibility and peer pressure
  • Respect personal differences
  • Role play to understand inclusion versus exclusion
  • Introduced to systems of the body and human development
  • Acknowledgement and accommodation of Individual “energy levels”
  • Participate in class meetings to celebrate successes and problem solve issues
  • Promote positive behavior through peace education
  • Problem solve and resolve conflict

Physical Education

Physical education is valued and physical movement is incorporated into the program at each level. The goal is to maintain and improve a healthy level of fitness and to provide physical activity that supports learning. In the Lower Elementary program, the Montessori classrooms afforded movement throughout the day a well as organized physical education classes.

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes twice a week with the PE teacher
  • Informal PE classes once or twice a week led by the classroom teacher
  • Focus on refining large motor skill development and eye-hand coordination
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual fitness and team sports
  • Emphasis on team work and collaboration
  • Seasonal work in the school yard habitat
  • Walk to the local park or hike on field trips in natural areas

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for students to express themselves visually, to develop skills and principles of design that instill artistic confidence, and encourage individual creativity.

  • Participate in formal art classes scheduled every three weeks
  • Learn about the elements of art and principles of design
  • Explore with a variety of art media: drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, and more
  • Create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects
  • Able to have many opportunities for individual creative expression
  • Experience integration of visual art activities in all other curriculum areas

Music/Performing Arts

The goal of the Music/Performing Arts program is to ensure that all students experience an enriched music and drama program with depth and quality. This program develops skills that help students to express their ideas and feelings as well as instilling knowledge of musical concepts and stage performance.

  • Enjoy weekly music classes with Music Specialist
  • Introduced to musical notation
  • Listen to and practice rhythm and beat through senses and instruments
  • Practice pitch and melody
  • Develop an appreciation of music and music history through song, games, and movement
  • Explore songs from world cultures and periods of history
  • Integrate music and drama
  • Participate in year-end Lower Elementary musical

Upper Elementary (Grades 4 and 5)

…education must begin with the development of the individual’s ability to wonder, to be amazed at the mystery of being. V. Gross

The Eton School Upper Elementary program provides a transition for students from the multi-aged Montessori classrooms to a more traditional classroom environment. Teachers specialize in content areas and work together to integrate subjects with hands on projects and cross-curricular activities. Students continue their path to become independent learners, nurturing intellectual curiosity and a love of learning while preparing for the social and intellectual challenges of middle school. Students will:

  • Continue building a solid foundation of academic proficiency
  • Explore leadership roles within the classroom and school community
  • Work with multi age classmates to make meaningful collaborative decisions
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Incorporate artistic expression and creative thinking
  • Honor the rights, needs and talents of a diverse population of learners

Practical Life

Students of all ages are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Throughout Eton School, students of all levels are given opportunities to engage in activities of daily life in order to adapt and orientate themselves in their society. These exercises of Practical Life relate to the student’s time and culture here at Eton School. Gaining control of movement, organization and refining a sense of order, learning to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, and independence in learning are life-long skills. Practical Life includes activities that lead to successful independence as well as interdependence in the world.

  • Gain confidence to express personal needs to adults and peers
  • Use a planner to help self-organize
  • Understand how to regulate activities in order to manage time
  • Maintain respectful behavior within communities outside of school
  • Help to plan and participate in social events
  • Manage long-term projects effectively
  • Take responsibility to care for the environment
  • Contribute positively to the school wide and global environment
  • Prepare information for presentation to a group using digital tools
  • Learn online safety and practice digital citizenship
  • Contribute to and support service learning projects

Sensorial

The word Sensorial comes from the word sense. It is through the senses that humans learn. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the individual to acquire clear, conscious information and then be able to make classifications in his or her environment based on this information. When students are given the keys to classifying the things around them, they begin organizing their intelligence. This leads to higher levels of thinking. Sensorial materials and activities are called “materialized abstractions,” meaning abstract concepts are made into concrete materials. These “materialized abstractions” also give students the opportunities to experience and develop different styles of learning. Students gain knowledge through their own experiences.

  • Expand mathematical thinking from concrete to abstract
  • Apply learning and information to new situations
  • Extend experience and awareness in nature
  • Experience a range of field trips that support diverse learning opportunities
  • Gain greater understanding personal learning strengths and styles
  • Demonstrate expression through movement, performing and visual arts

Language Arts

The Language Arts program develops literacy skills that equip students to gain knowledge, broaden perspectives, enjoy literature, communicate with others, and to express their own creativity. Students refine their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of materials and methods. The Upper Elementary program extends the continuum of effective communication and literary skills to include informational technology, interdisciplinary projects, text materials, and advanced literary works.

  • Read and develop an appreciation for different genres of literature
  • Improve comprehension in reading informational text as well as fiction
  • Learn to identify literary devices
  • Ask and respond to essential questions
  • Write effectively for a specific audience
  • Assess writing and use appropriate conventions within their written work
  • Practice grammar and writing mechanics
  • Expand vocabulary and understanding of word structures
  • Practice keyboarding and cursive skills
  • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanded learning
  • Develop presentation skills using multi media tools and personal creativity
  • Gain confidence to communicate ideas and collaborate with peers
  • Engage in Writer’s Workshop with a focus on the writing process
  • Expand reading choices to a variety of stories, novels and poetry

Mathematics

The primary objective of the math program is to inspire mathematical confidence and develop competence for each student to reach his or her mathematical potential. The Pre-elementary students build a sense of quantity and number while working on mathematical concepts using a wide variety of concrete Montessori materials. Many of these mathematical experiences are introduced through exercises in Sensorial and Practical Life. For Upper Elementary students, basic operations are emphasized with increasing conceptual complexity. Singapore Math provides a thorough foundation, with a variety of materials to enrich and challenge. Complex problems that stimulate abstract thinking are provided across a broad range of learning styles, including spatial, logical, numerical and kinesthetic. Acquire an appreciation for the breadth and depth of mathematical thinking

  • Master computational skills needed for success in algebra and higher level math including operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Gain understanding of concepts in geometry, measurement, money, and graphs
  • Transition from concrete presentation to more abstract model drawings
  • Demonstrate mastery visualizing and modeling complex problems with Singapore Math
  • Incorporate math applications to integrate science concepts
  • Gain mathematical confidence through challenging class activities and competitions

Social Studies

Students bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to school, forming a diverse community of learners. At each level, students work individually and in groups to obtain a better understanding of themselves and the world. In Social Studies for the Upper Elementary program, the students learn to connect the past with the present, read and listen critically, focus on looking a different viewpoints, and to respectfully disagree.

  • Expand geography skills and global awareness
  • Offer in depth units centering on United States history, world geography
  • Encourage collaborative projects and exciting simulation activities
  • Promote understanding of relationships between humans, location and environment
  • Incorporate technology to expand learning experiences
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Support student research and their ability to understand historical context
  • Extend Research and presentation skills with digital applications
  • Provide context for local field trips

Science, Engineering and Technology

Science blends core ideas in physical, biological, earth and space sciences with engineering and technology. Students are given experiences and opportunities to explore, which lead to a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of science. In the Upper Elementary program, students expand their proficiency and working knowledge of science. They are immersed into exciting topics designed to engage curiosity and encourage further their depth of learning and understanding.

  • Emphasizes scientific inquiry and observation
  • Utilizes hands on activities and experiments
  • Offers field science investigations and data collection
  • Integrates outdoor education with trips to IslandWood and Nature Bridge
  • Involves local field studies in the Cedar River Watershed and local beaches
  • Provides opportunity to analyze and Interpret data
  • Constructs explanations with mathematical and computational thinking
  • Learn computer programming skills
  • Have access to 1-1 laptop program in the classroom laptops
  • Create Podcasts and short films
  • Participate in Hour of Code
  • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanded learning
  • Studies human systems, ecology, systems, habitats, laws of physics, chemical reactions, air pressure, weather and climate
  • Applies engineering and design principles
  • Includes Science and Engineering Expo

Latin

Upper Elementary students study Latin. In addition to instilling a strong understanding of the structure of languages and providing a solid foundation for the acquisition of other languages, Latin classes offer a rich and engaging overview of western civilization. Historical and literary concepts are enriched with the study of mythology and legends. Vocabulary skills are enhanced through the study of Latin, boosting test scores. Latin lays the groundwork for student to use strategies to decode legal, medical and technological structures in vocabulary.

  • Latin offered twice a week
  • Introduces Greek alphabet and Roman numerals
  • Presents Greek gods, myths and epic stories
  • Instills appreciation for western culture and history
  • Increases awareness of English vocabulary, grammar and structure of language
  • Classes learn root words, prefixes and suffixes in the study of vocabulary
  • Teaches translation of Latin phrases and stories

Library and Information Literacy

The Library and Information Literacy program nurtures a culture of intellectual growth and a love of reading that leads to enriched academic achievement and joy in the process of discovery. Students are encouraged to use the library resources both independently and on a scheduled basis with classrooms. In conjunction with their work in the classroom, the program increases student access to knowledge, strengthens their understanding of information literacy, and promotes an understanding of responsible digital citizenship.

  • Weekly library classes and book checkout
  • Facilitated book discussions on a variety of genres of literature
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Library and literary events with authors and public library
  • Detailed instruction and support in the use of digital research and information tools
  • Introduction to MakerSpace/STEAM materials and projects
  • Collaborative and creative projects

Health, and Social and Emotional Learning

The Health program incorporates specific topics of physical growth and wellness as well as emphasizing social and emotional development. Students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions regarding their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Students also gain awareness and understanding for the importance of a personal commitment to maintain a healthy environment.

  • Integrates health, physical education and science to learn about the human body
  • Develops awareness of environmental health issues through current events and research
  • Applies science based information regarding nutrition and human development
  • Participate in small group and class meetings to support positive communication
  • Learn pro-active methods for conflict resolution
  • Reinforces actions that demonstrate empathy and compassion
  • Promote self awareness and positive relationships
  • Facilitates respect for the environment

Physical Education

Physical education is valued and physical movement is incorporated into the program at each level. The goal is to maintain and improve a healthy level of fitness and to provide physical activity that supports learning. At the Upper Elementarylevel, it is often possible to allow for similar movement as well as times scheduled for physical activities.

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes for 50 minutes twice a week
  • Emphasize team work and collaboration
  • Participate in Presidential fitness program
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual and team sports
  • Complete a mile run for time in the fall and spring

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for students to express themselves visually, to develop skills and principles of design that instill artistic confidence, and encourage individual creativity.

  • Weekly Art classes
  • Emphasis on technique, media and art concepts
  • Integration of visual expression into other curriculum areas
  • Opportunities for individual creative process during studio art time

Music/Performing Arts

The goal of the Music/Performing Arts program is to ensure that all students experience an enriched music and drama program with depth and quality. This program develops skills that help students to express their ideas and feelings as well as instilling knowledge of musical concepts and stage performance.

  • Participate in musical theater production
  • Apply music skills to play the recorder and ukulele
  • Appreciate music and music history through song, games, and movement
  • Explore songs from world cultures and periods of history

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become. Maria Montessori

Eton Middle School provides a unique experience for students in sixth through eighth grades. While providing a solid bridge from the upper elementary to high school, the middle school extends the opportunity for individual growth within a close-knit community that is developmentally responsive to individual needs and personal learning styles. Students work to attain their highest academic and creative potential, preparing them for scholastic success and responsible citizenship. Students will:

  • Gain understanding of personal learning needs, goals and challenges
  • Complete academic courses that are rigorous and challenging
  • Explore and construct knowledge on subjects of personal interest
  • Expand on leadership roles to include communities outside of school
  • Collaborate to work interdependently on projects and presentations
  • Think critically and understand multiple perspectives
  • Apply knowledge with interdisciplinary competence

Understand and respect the varied backgrounds and needs of classmates

Practical Life

Students of all ages are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Throughout Eton School, students of all levels are given opportunities to engage in activities of daily life in order to adapt and orientate themselves in their society. These exercises of Practical Life relate to the student’s time and culture here at Eton School. Gaining control of movement, organization and refining a sense of order, learning to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, and independence in learning are life-long skills. Practical Life includes activities that lead to successful independence as well as interdependence in the world.

  • Understand and advocate for personal learning needs
  • Choose a system for tracking assignments and organization
  • Self assess the learning process
  • Build awareness and actions that demonstrate care for the environment
  • Plan social events and service projects with limited teacher support
  • Choose topics and complete long term projects independently
  • Learn to use a variety of digital tools and materials to construct projects
  • Design and present information in a variety of formats
  • Use personal technology responsibly
  • Refine online safety
  • Access public transportation
  • Choose and implement community service and learning project

Sensorial

The word Sensorial comes from the word sense. It is through the senses that humans learn. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the individual to acquire clear, conscious information and then be able to make classifications in his or her environment based on this information. When students are given the keys to classifying the things around them, they begin organizing their intelligence. This leads to higher levels of thinking. Sensorial materials and activities are called “materialized abstractions,” meaning abstract concepts are made into concrete materials. These “materialized abstractions” also give students the opportunities to experience and develop different styles of learning. Students gain knowledge through their own experiences.

  • Expand mathematical thinking from concrete to abstract
  • Apply learning and information to new situations
  • Extend experience and awareness in nature
  • Experience a range of field trips that support diverse learning opportunities
  • Gain greater understanding personal learning strengths and styles
  • Demonstrate expression through movement, performing and visual arts

Language Arts

The Language Arts program develops literacy skills that equip students to gain knowledge, broaden perspectives, enjoy literature, communicate with others, and to express their own creativity. Students refine their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of materials and methods. The Middle School program extends the continuum of effective communication and literary skills to include informational technology, interdisciplinary projects, text materials, and advanced literary works.

  • Analyze literary devices, content and style in different genres of literature
  • Refine the ability to read informational text
  • Study and perform Shakespeare
  • Analyze vocabulary with Greek and Latin roots with Vocabulary from Classical Roots
  • Practice grammar and writing mechanics
  • Collaborate on projects
  • Conference with peers and teachers
  • Address essential questions that require synthesis and application of knowledge
  • Develop strategies to communicate effectively
  • Create multi media presentations with an emphasis on interdisciplinary content
  • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanding learning
  • Focus on the writing process through Writer’s Workshop
  • Write short stories and poetry and evidence based essays
  • Experience literature that presents diverse points of view

Mathematics

The primary objective of the math program is to inspire mathematical confidence and develop competence for each student to reach his or her mathematical potential. The Pre-elementary students build a sense of quantity and number while working on mathematical concepts using a wide variety of concrete Montessori materials. Many of these mathematical experiences are introduced through exercises in Sensorial and Practical Life. Middle School students complete pre-algebra and first year algebra. Students have the option to complete a high school geometry course by the end of eighth grade.

  • Use mathematical thinking and principles of algebra, statistics and geometry to make connections between math and other disciplines
  • Work at appropriate individual levels in pre algebra, algebra and geometry
  • Graph and analyze patterns with use of graphing calculators
  • Explore applications in financial literacy and economics
  • Incorporate concrete materials to support abstract geometric and algebraic concepts
  • Incorporate math applications with science and financial literacy
  • Cover topics including linear equations & inequalities, systems of equations, radical & rational expressions in Algebra
  • Apply methods of proof, constructions, polygons, circles, area/volume, Pythagorean Theorem, similarity and basic trigonometry in Geometry
  • Participate in local and regional math competitions

Social Studies

Students bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to school, forming a diverse community of learners. At each level, students work individually and in groups to obtain a better understanding of themselves and the world. In Social Studies for the Middle School program, the students learn to connect the past with the present, read and listen critically, focus on looking a different viewpoints, and to respectfully disagree. The ultimate objective is to develop a graduate from Eton's Middle School who can think critically and be a confident, responsible citizen of a global society.

  • Complete 90 hour state requirement in Washington State History
  • Provides United States Government and Constitution
  • Surveys world cultures and global studies
  • Include thought provoking discussions and respectful debate
  • Require historical and analytical thinking
  • Analyze historical context for bias and prejudice
  • Incorporate current events
  • Extend research and presentation skills with digital applications
  • Provide context for local field trips

Science, Engineering and Technology

Science blends core ideas in physical, biological, earth and space sciences with engineering and technology. Students are given experiences and opportunities to explore, which lead to a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of science. In the Middle School program, students expand their proficiency and working knowledge of science. They are immersed into exciting topics designed to engage curiosity and encourage further their depth of learning and understanding.

Learns through a combination of thoughtfully coordinated teacher-directed lessons and interactive experiments and lab activities

  • Develops a sense of inquiry and precision using scientific methods
  • Includes outdoor education with Salish Sea Expeditions, Mountain School, or Rainier Institute
  • Conducts field science investigations with professional scientists
  • Requires students to collect, organize and analyze data
  • Emphasizes the integration of technology for accessing information and conducting labs
  • Offers engaging units on biology, neuroscience, geology, physics and chemistry, astronomy, space science and engineering and robotics
  • Incorporates Python computer programming
  • Participates in Hour of Code
  • Uses 1-1 Bring Your Own Device Program
  • Builds with Lego Mindstorms
  • Investigates current events
  • Applies engineering and design principles
  • Integrates Science and Engineering Expo or Eighth Grade Project

Latin

Middle School students study Latin. In addition to instilling a strong understanding of the structure of languages and providing a solid foundation for the acquisition of other languages, Latin classes offer a rich and engaging overview of western civilization. Historical and literary concepts are enriched with the study of mythology and legends. Vocabulary skills are enhanced through the study of Latin, boosting test scores. Latin lays the groundwork for student to use strategies to decode legal, medical and technological structures in vocabulary.

  • Chooses options from two to four Latin classes per week
  • Learns the structure and grammar of language
  • Prepares students to attend the Junior Classic League convention and take National Exams
  • Supports habits of logic and precision
  • Provides opportunity to learn the power of argument though rhetoric
  • Reads the Odyssey and the Iliad
  • Gives students an historical context of democracy
  • Expands the complexity of stories to translate

Library and Information Literacy

The Library and Information Literacy program nurtures a culture of intellectual growth and a love of reading that leads to enriched academic achievement and joy in the process of discovery. Students are encouraged to use the library resources both independently and on a scheduled basis with classrooms. In conjunction with their work in the classroom, the program increases student access to knowledge, strengthens their understanding of information literacy, and promotes an understanding of responsible digital citizenship.

  • Weekly library classes and book checkout
  • Facilitated book discussions on a variety of genres of literature
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Library and literary events with authors and public library
  • Detailed instruction and support in the use of digital research and information tools
  • Introduction to MakerSpace/STEAM materials and projects
  • Collaborative and creative projects

Health, and Social and Emotional Learning

The Health program incorporates specific topics of physical growth and wellness as well as emphasizing social and emotional development. Students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions regarding their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Students also gain awareness and understanding for the importance of a personal commitment to maintain a healthy environment.

  • Integrates concepts of health, physical education and science to learn
  • Includes strong social and emotional support within the school and classroom community
  • Applies science based information regarding brain development
  • Uses current events to enhance discussion, research and learning
  • Acquire understanding of nutrition
  • Reinforces actions that demonstrate empathy and compassion
  • Values differences and supports positive interactions
  • Actively promotes care for the environment

Physical Education

Physical education is valued and physical movement is incorporated into the program at each level. The goal is to maintain and improve a healthy level of fitness and to provide physical activity that supports learning. At the Middle School level, it is often possible to allow for similar movement as well as times scheduled for physical activities.

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes for 50 minutes twice a week
  • Emphasize team work and collaboration
  • Participate in Presidential fitness program
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual and team sports
  • Complete a mile run for time in the fall and spring
  • Enjoy off campus PE activities such as martial arts, team building and archery

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for students to express themselves visually, to develop skills and principles of design that instill artistic confidence, and encourage individual creativity.

  • Weekly art/design classes
  • Visiting artists
  • Art and design projects integrated with math and science
  • Project time for visual projects and creative expression

Music/Performing Arts

The goal of the Music/Performing Arts program is to ensure that all students experience an enriched music and drama program with depth and quality. This program develops skills that help students to express their ideas and feelings as well as instilling knowledge of musical concepts and stage performance.

  • Learn complex choral selections for performance
  • Participate in chorale and theater production
  • Integrate drama studies with literature, including a focus on Shakespeare
  • Explore opportunity for creative interpretation of characters and themes
  • Work effectively as an ensemble

Curriculum by Subject

Practical Life

Students of all ages are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Throughout Eton School, students of all levels are given opportunities to engage in activities of daily life in order to adapt and orientate themselves in their society. These exercises of Practical Life relate to the student’s time and culture here at Eton School. Gaining control of movement, organization and refining a sense of order, learning to focus and concentrate for longer periods of time, and independence in learning are life-long skills. Practical Life includes activities that lead to successful independence as well as interdependence in the world.

Pre-elementary

  • Practice Grace and Courtesy: attention to manners and respectful actions
  • Learn about Care of Person: understanding and acting on personal needs
  • Take responsibility to actively care for the environment
  • Focus on the refinement of movement through many activities
  • Contribute in community outreach programs
  • Promote positive behavior and interactions through Peace Education

Lower Elementary

  • Understand Care of Person: able to express personal needs to adults and peers
  • Actively practice Grace and Courtesy becoming thoughtful and respectful members of various communities
  • Lead and participate in class meetings
  • Care for the Environment: Contribute positively to the school wide and global environment
  • Move with purpose refining large and small motor skills
  • Use classroom technology and learning tools respectfully
  • Learn time management skills through the use of a Work Plan
  • Practice presentation skills in front of their classroom peers and the wider school community
  • Collaborate with multi-age peers throughout the school day
  • Contribute to and support service learning projects and community outreach

Upper Elementary

  • Gain confidence to express personal needs to adults and peers
  • Use a planner to help self-organize
  • Understand how to regulate activities in order to manage time
  • Maintain respectful behavior within communities outside of school
  • Help to plan and participate in social events
  • Manage long-term projects effectively
  • Take responsibility to care for the environment
  • Contribute positively to the school wide and global environment
  • Prepare information for presentation to a group using digital tools
  • Learn online safety and practice digital citizenship
  • Contribute to and support service learning projects

Middle School

  • Understand and advocate for personal learning needs
  • Choose a system for tracking assignments and organization
  • Self assess the learning process
  • Build awareness and actions that demonstrate care for the environment
  • Plan social events and service projects with limited teacher support
  • Choose topics and complete long term projects independently
  • Learn to use a variety of digital tools and materials to construct projects
  • Design and present information in a variety of formats
  • Use personal technology responsibly
  • Refine online safety
  • Access public transportation

  • Choose and implement community service and learning project

Sensorial

The word Sensorial comes from the word sense. It is through the senses that humans learn. The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the individual to acquire clear, conscious information and then be able to make classifications in his or her environment based on this information. When students are given the keys to classifying the things around them, they begin organizing their intelligence. This leads to higher levels of thinking. Sensorial materials and activities are called “materialized abstractions,” meaning abstract concepts are made into concrete materials. These “materialized abstractions” also give students the opportunities to experience and develop different styles of learning. Students gain knowledge through their own experiences.

Pre-elementary

  • Practice visual, auditory, olfactory, kinesthetic and tactile discrimination
  • Gain spatial awareness skills
  • Work with patterning activities
  • Learn to identify geometric plane shapes and solid figures
  • Experience Indirect preparation for Math and Language

Lower Elementary

  • Refine visual, auditory, olfactory, kinesthetic, and tactile discrimination
  • Demonstrate strong spatial awareness skills
  • Expand the ability to create and see patterns
  • Use concrete, hands-on materials in Math, Language, Science, Cultural, and Cosmic studies
  • Enhance discrimination and critical thinking skills through in-depth work with the Montessori geometry materials
  • Experience going to farms, parks, beaches, arboretums, and museums

Upper Elementary and Middle School

  • Expand mathematical thinking from concrete to abstract
  • Apply learning and information to new situations
  • Extend experience and awareness in nature
  • Experience a range of field trips that support diverse learning opportunities
  • Gain greater understanding personal learning strengths and styles
  • Demonstrate expression through movement, performing and visual arts

Language Arts

The Language Arts program develops literacy skills that equip students to gain knowledge, broaden perspectives, enjoy literature, communicate with others, and to express their own creativity. Students refine their skills in reading, writing and speaking through a variety of materials and methods. Students In the Pre-elementary program experience a rich Montessori curriculum, utilizing their senses. They work on pre-reading skills, phonemic awareness, oral communication, vocabulary, reading and writing. The Lower Elementary program continue using Montessori materials as well as enrichment materials to build a strong foundation in language arts. The Upper Elementary and Middle School programs extend the continuum of effective communication and literary skills to include informational technology, interdisciplinary projects, text materials, and advanced literary works.

Pre-elementary

  • Engage in verbal expression with multi-age peers and adults
  • Complete classifying and sequencing activities to build strong reading comprehension skills
  • Learn phonetic sounds and vowel and consonant blends
  • Blend the phonetic sounds they know into words
  • Build vocabulary through work in every area of the classroom
  • Begin reading and writing phonetically
  • Grow in the ability to sound out and read developmentally appropriate literature
  • Write stories as vocabulary and confidence builds

Lower Elementary

  • Read across curriculum areas for pleasure and content
  • Write for pleasure, communicating ideas to an audience, taking research notes and participating in Writer’s Workshop
  • Improve comprehension skills through Reader’s Workshop, Barnell Loft, Time For Kids, and literature groups
  • Learn to identify and use Grammar when writing
  • Expand vocabulary through word study activities and a variety of spelling programs including Spelling Connections, Spelling Power, and Instant Spelling Words for Writing
  • Practice writing mechanics daily
  • Refine small motor skills through guided handwriting lessons and cursive
  • Understand the Coming of Language through stories, research, and activities
  • Utilize technology by introducing word processing, research, presentation and keyboarding skills
  • Gain strong critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate with peers on projects and stories
  • Develop listening skills through plays, performances, group work, and author visits

Upper Elementary

  • Read and develop an appreciation for different genres of literature
  • Improve comprehension in reading informational text as well as fiction
  • Learn to identify literary devices
  • Ask and respond to essential questions
  • Write effectively for a specific audience
  • Assess writing and use appropriate conventions within their written work
  • Practice grammar and writing mechanics
  • Expand vocabulary and understanding of word structures
  • Practice keyboarding and cursive skills
  • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanded learning
  • Develop presentation skills using multi media tools and personal creativity
  • Gain confidence to communicate ideas and collaborate with peers
  • Engage in Writer’s Workshop with a focus on the writing process
  • Expand reading choices to a variety of stories, novels and poetry

Middle School

  • Analyze literary devices, content and style in different genres of literature
  • Refine the ability to read informational text
    • Experience literature that presents diverse points of view
    • Study and perform Shakespeare
    • Analyze vocabulary with Greek and Latin roots with Vocabulary from Classical Roots
    • Practice grammar and writing mechanics
    • Collaborate on projects
    • Conference with peers and teachers
    • Address essential questions that require synthesis and application of knowledge
    • Develop strategies to communicate effectively
    • Create multi media presentations with an emphasis on interdisciplinary content
    • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanding learning
    • Focus on the writing process through Writer’s Workshop
    • Write short stories and poetry and evidence based essays

Mathematics

The primary objective of the math program is to inspire mathematical confidence and develop competence for each student to reach his or her mathematical potential. The Pre-elementary students build a sense of quantity and number while working on mathematical concepts using a wide variety of concrete Montessori materials. Many of these mathematical experiences are introduced through exercises in Sensorial and Practical Life. Lower Elementary students continue to construct their knowledge of mathematical concepts using materials as they head toward abstraction. For Upper Elementary students, basic operations are emphasized with increasing conceptual complexity. Singapore Math provides a thorough foundation, with a variety of materials to enrich and challenge. Complex problems that stimulate abstract thinking are provided across a broad range of learning styles, including spatial, logical, numerical and kinesthetic. Middle school students complete pre-algebra and first year algebra. Students have the option to complete a high school geometry course by the end of eighth grade.

Pre-elementary

  • Concrete hands-on material based math program
  • Focus on one to one correspondence
  • Work with materials to learn quantities of numbers
  • Associate symbol to quantity
  • Practice place value
  • Learn basic operations and number facts
  • Introduced to mathematical concepts including geometry, fractions, money and time

Lower Elementary

  • Concrete hands-on material based math program
  • Focus on place value and the base ten system
  • Transition from concrete materials to abstracting mathematical operations
  • Develop mathematical concepts including geometry, fractions, decimals, measurement, money, graphing and time.
  • Introduced to algebraic concepts
  • Practice problem solving activities
  • Work on Model Drawing Math through the Singapore Math Program
  • Understand the Coming of Math through stories, research, and activities
  • Utilize online resources for math fact practice
  • Refine critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate on projects and in learning

Upper Elementary

  • Acquire an appreciation for the breadth and depth of mathematical thinking
  • Master computational skills needed for success in algebra and higher level math including operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Gain understanding of concepts in geometry, measurement, money, and graphs
  • Transition from concrete presentation to more abstract model drawings
  • Demonstrate mastery visualizing and modeling complex problems with Singapore Math
  • Incorporate math applications to integrate science concepts
  • Gain mathematical confidence through challenging class activities and competitions

Middle School

  • Use mathematical thinking and principles of algebra, statistics and geometry to make connections between math and other disciplines
  • Work at appropriate individual levels in pre algebra, algebra and geometry
  • Graph and analyze patterns with use of graphing calculators
  • Explore applications in financial literacy and economics
  • Incorporate concrete materials to support abstract geometric and algebraic concepts
  • Incorporate math applications with science and financial literacy
  • Cover topics including linear equations & inequalities, systems of equations, radical & rational expressions in Algebra
  • Apply methods of proof, constructions, polygons, circles, area/volume, Pythagorean Theorem, similarity and basic trigonometry in Geometry
  • Participate in local and regional math competitions

Cultural/Social Studies

Students bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to school, forming a diverse community of learners. At each level, students work individually and in groups to obtain a better understanding of themselves and the world. Beginning in the Pre-elementary program, the students develop geography skills as they learn about cultural and physical geography. In the Lower Elementary program, students engage in a three-year cycle of cultural and cosmic studies. The focus is on asking big questions, discussing possibilities, looking at cultural stories and scientific studies, and learning about our universe and our world. In Social Studies for the Upper Elementary and Middle School program, the students learn to connect the past with the present, read and listen critically, focus on looking a different viewpoints, and to respectfully disagree. The ultimate objective is to develop a graduate from Eton's Middle School who can think critically and be a confident, responsible citizen of a global society.

Pre-elementary Cultural Studies

  • Explore the passage of time through personal timelines
  • Learn about the cycle of seasons
  • Understand the concepts: past, present and future
  • Focus on physical geography: land and water forms
  • Practice map making skills
  • Gain awareness of the different cultures of the world
  • Integrated into all areas of the curriculum

Lower Elementary Cultural and Cosmic Studies

  • Integrated throughout daily classroom work
  • Study biographies, historical events, personal timelines, family history, history of different civilizations
  • Learn about specific cultures of people and places
  • Map continents or countries based on either their political boundaries or physical features
  • Focus on the Needs of Humans to learn about universal human needs
  • Explore the continents and peoples of the world
  • Use Technology as a research and presentation tool including learning about appropriate research websites, using Britannica online through the school website, word processing data, and presenting information using a variety of presentation tools
  • Work collaboratively and independently
  • Develop inquiry based learning
  • Gain awareness of what it means to be a global citizen
  • Visit natural history and science museums
  • Spark the child’s imagination through lessons and presentations based on Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum
    • The Coming of the Universe
    • The Coming of Life
    • The Coming of Humans
    • The Coming of Language
    • The Coming of Math

Upper Elementary Social Studies

  • Expand geography skills and global awareness
  • Offer in depth units centering on United States history, world geography
  • Encourage collaborative projects and exciting simulation activities
  • Promote understanding of relationships between humans, location and environment
  • Incorporate technology to expand learning experiences
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Support student research and their ability to understand historical context
  • Extend Research and presentation skills with digital applications
  • Provide context for local field trips

Middle School Social Studies

  • Complete 90 hour state requirement in Washington State History
  • Provides United States Government and Constitution
  • Surveys world cultures and global studies
  • Include thought provoking discussions and respectful debate
  • Require historical and analytical thinking
  • Analyze historical context for bias and prejudice
  • Incorporate current events
  • Extend research and presentation skills with digital applications
  • Provide context for local field trips

Science Engineering and Technology

Science blends core ideas in physical, biological, earth and space sciences with engineering and technology. Students are given experiences and opportunities to explore, which lead to a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of science. In the Pre-elementary and Lower Elementary programs, science, engineering and technology are woven into the fabric of the school day through shelf work, presentations, group projects, observation of nature, cultural studies, and individual research. The students build their knowledge through observation, investigation, and hands on materials. In addition, Lower Elementary students have a devoted science class once a week where they explore the Physical Sciences in greater depth. In the Upper Elementary and Middle School programs, students expand their proficiency and working knowledge of science. They are immersed into exciting topics designed to engage curiosity and encourage further their depth of learning and understanding.

Pre-elementary

  • Explore the Life Sciences: Botany and Zoology
  • Experience the Physical Sciences: Simple Machines, Solid, Liquid, Gas, Light
  • Learn about the Earth Sciences: Physical Geography and Geology
  • Use age appropriate apps on iPad
  • Introduced to technology devices as developmentally appropriate,

Lower Elementary

  • Investigates the Life Sciences: Zoology, Botany
  • Studies the Earth Sciences: Physical Geography, Topography, Geology
  • Delves into habitat and biome studies of the world
  • Focus on the Physical Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Simple Machines
  • Utilizes Technology: Research, Word Processing, keyboarding
  • View current informational media through a variety of electronic devices
  • Emphasis on scientific inquiry and observation
  • Hands on activities and experiments
  • Learns to collect, organize and analyze data
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Works collaboratively and independently
  • Educational field trips to science museums and outdoor venues
  • Use classroom technology and learning tools respectfully

Upper Elementary

  • Emphasizes scientific inquiry and observation
  • Utilizes hands on activities and experiments
  • Offers field science investigations and data collection
  • Integrates outdoor education with trips to IslandWood and Nature Bridge
  • Involves local field studies in the Cedar River Watershed and local beaches
  • Provides opportunity to analyze and Interpret data
  • Constructs explanations with mathematical and computational thinking
  • Learn computer programming skills
  • Have access to 1-1 laptop program in the classroom laptops
  • Create Podcasts and short films
  • Participate in Hour of Code
  • Utilize digital tools for research, communication and expanded learning
  • Studies human systems, ecology, systems, habitats, laws of physics, chemical reactions, air pressure, weather and climate
  • Applies engineering and design principles
  • Includes Science and Engineering Expo

Middle School

Learns through a combination of thoughtfully coordinated teacher-directed lessons and interactive experiments and lab activities

  • Develops a sense of inquiry and precision using scientific methods
  • Includes outdoor education with Salish Sea Expeditions, Mountain School, or Rainier Institute
  • Conducts field science investigations with professional scientists
  • Requires students to collect, organize and analyze data
  • Emphasizes the integration of technology for accessing information and conducting labs
  • Offers engaging units on biology, neuroscience, geology, physics and chemistry, astronomy, space science and engineering and robotics
  • Incorporates Python computer programming
  • Participates in Hour of Code
  • Uses 1-1 Bring Your Own Device Program
  • Builds with Lego Mindstorms
  • Investigates current events
  • Applies engineering and design principles
  • Integrates Science and Engineering Expo or Eighth Grade Project

Spanish (Pre-elementary and Lower Elementary)

In the Pre-elementary and Lower Elementary programs, students study Spanish. The language is integrated into the fabric of each day with lessons once a week followed by vocabulary-building activities constructed around classroom materials. The students are also exposed to customs, clothing, art, music and culture of Spanish speaking countries.

Pre-elementary

  • Learn through small and large group lessons
  • Expand vocabulary through engaging activities
  • Able to use learned vocabulary throughout the week
  • Introduction to Spanish culture and customs
  • Listen to stories and folklore read in Spanish

Lower Elementary

  • Learn through small and large group lessons
  • Expand vocabulary through engaging activities
  • Able to use learned vocabulary throughout the week
  • Play collaborative games to learn and build vocabulary
  • Introduction to Spanish culture and customs
  • Listen to stories and folklore read in Spanish
  • Build simple phrases and sentences
  • Learn the fundamentals of Spanish grammar
  • Have conversations in Spanish

Latin (Upper Elementary and Middle School)

Upper Elementary and Middle School students study Latin. In addition to instilling a strong understanding of the structure of languages and providing a solid foundation for the acquisition of other languages, Latin classes offer a rich and engaging overview of western civilization. Historical and literary concepts are enriched with the study of mythology and legends. Vocabulary skills are enhanced through the study of Latin, boosting test scores. Latin lays the groundwork for student to use strategies to decode legal, medical and technological structures in vocabulary.

Upper Elementary

  • Latin offered twice a week
  • Introduces Greek alphabet and Roman numerals
  • Presents Greek gods, myths and epic stories
  • Instills appreciation for western culture and history
  • Increases awareness of English vocabulary, grammar and structure of language
  • Classes learn root words, prefixes and suffixes in the study of vocabulary
  • Teaches translation of Latin phrases and stories

Middle School

  • Chooses options from two to four Latin classes per week
  • Learns the structure and grammar of language
  • Prepares students to attend the Junior Classic League convention and take National Exams
  • Supports habits of logic and precision
  • Provides opportunity to learn the power of argument though rhetoric
  • Reads the Odyssey and the Iliad
  • Gives students an historical context of democracy
  • Expands the complexity of stories to translate

Library and Information Literacy

The Library and Information Literacy program nurtures a culture of intellectual growth and a love of reading that leads to enriched academic achievement and joy in the process of discovery. Students are encouraged to use the library resources both independently and on a scheduled basis with classrooms. In conjunction with their work in the classroom, the program increases student access to knowledge, strengthens their understanding of information literacy, and promotes an understanding of responsible digital citizenship.

Pre-elementary

  • Weekly visits to the school library for story time and book checkout
  • Exposure to a variety of genres of literature and stories
  • Care of books and library environment
  • Learning through listening, music, finger plays, oral reading and group participation

Lower Elementary

  • Weekly library classes and book checkout
  • Exposure to and instruction on a variety of genres of literature
  • Care of books and library environment
  • Learning how to select books that are appealing and appropriate
  • Introduction to digital resources and other information technologies
  • Using inquiry to acquire new knowledge and build understanding
  • Collaborative discussion and creative group activities
  • Introduction to MakerSpace materials and projects that spark creative problem solving

Upper Elementary and Middle School

  • Weekly library classes and book checkout
  • Facilitated book discussions on a variety of genres of literature
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Library and literary events with authors and public library
  • Detailed instruction and support in the use of digital research and information tools
  • Introduction to MakerSpace/STEAM materials and projects
  • Collaborative and creative projects

Health Including Social and Emotional Learning

The Health program incorporates specific topics of physical growth and wellness as well as emphasizing social and emotional development. Students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions regarding their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Students also gain awareness and understanding for the importance of a personal commitment to maintain a healthy environment.

Pre-elementary

  • Acknowledgement and accommodation of Individual “energy levels”
  • Respect personal differences
  • Meet the Department of Early Learning requirements of Vitamins C and A with daily snack
  • Require proper hand-washing and other personal care habits
  • Learn about friendship skills and social responsibility
  • Promote positive behavior through peace education
  • Work actively on learning to problem solve and resolve conflict
  • Recognize and manage emotions

Lower Elementary

  • Care for oneself including personal hygiene and emotional well-being
  • Recognize personal skills, strengths, and challenges
  • Learn about friendship skills, social responsibility and peer pressure
  • Respect personal differences
  • Role play to understand inclusion versus exclusion
  • Introduced to systems of the body and human development
  • Acknowledgement and accommodation of Individual “energy levels”
  • Participate in class meetings to celebrate successes and problem solve issues
  • Promote positive behavior through peace education
  • Problem solve and resolve conflict

Upper Elementary

  • Integrates health, physical education and science to learn about the human body
  • Develops awareness of environmental health issues through current events and research
  • Applies science based information regarding nutrition and human development
  • Participate in small group and class meetings to support positive communication
  • Learn pro-active methods for conflict resolution
  • Reinforces actions that demonstrate empathy and compassion
  • Promote self awareness and positive relationships
  • Facilitates respect for the environment

Middle School

  • Integrates concepts of health, physical education and science to learn
  • Includes strong social and emotional support within the school and classroom community
  • Applies science based information regarding brain development
  • Uses current events to enhance discussion, research and learning
  • Acquire understanding of nutrition
  • Reinforces actions that demonstrate empathy and compassion
  • Values differences and supports positive interactions
  • Actively promotes care for the environment

Physical Education

Physical education is valued and physical movement is incorporated into the program at each level. The goal is to maintain and improve a healthy level of fitness and to provide physical activity that supports learning. In the Pre-elementary and Lower Elementary programs, the Montessori classrooms afforded movement throughout the day a well as organized physical education classes. At the Upper and Middle School levels, it is often possible to allow for similar movement as well as times scheduled for physical activities.

Pre-elementary

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes three to four times a week led by the teacher
  • Focus on large motor skill development
  • Introduced to activities that build eye-hand coordination
  • Emphasis on team work and collaboration through cooperative games
  • Seasonal work in the classroom garden or school yard habitat

Lower Elementary

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes twice a week with the PE teacher
  • Informal PE classes once or twice a week led by the classroom teacher
  • Focus on refining large motor skill development and eye-hand coordination
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual fitness and team sports
  • Emphasis on team work and collaboration
  • Seasonal work in the school yard habitat
  • Walk to the local park or hike on field trips in natural areas

Upper Elementary

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes for 50 minutes twice a week
  • Emphasize team work and collaboration
  • Participate in Presidential fitness program
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual and team sports
  • Complete a mile run for time in the fall and spring

Middle School

  • Daily 30 minute outdoor recess
  • Organized PE classes for 50 minutes twice a week
  • Emphasize team work and collaboration
  • Participate in Presidential fitness program
  • Practice skills appropriate to individual and team sports
  • Complete a mile run for time in the fall and spring
  • Enjoy off campus PE activities such as martial arts, team building and archery

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides opportunities for students to express themselves visually, to develop skills and principles of design that instill artistic confidence, and encourage individual creativity.

Pre-elementary

  • Learn foundations in basic art design
  • Work on strengthening fine motor skills
  • Experience the integration of visual art activities in all other curriculum areas
  • Introduced to art history and appreciation

Lower Elementary

  • Participate in formal art classes scheduled every three weeks
  • Learn about the elements of art and principles of design
  • Explore with a variety of art media: drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, and more
  • Create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects
  • Able to have many opportunities for individual creative expression
  • Experience integration of visual art activities in all other curriculum areas

Upper Elementary

  • Weekly Art classes
  • Emphasis on technique, media and art concepts
  • Integration of visual expression into other curriculum areas
  • Opportunities for individual creative process during studio art time

Middle School

  • Weekly art/design classes
  • Visiting artists
  • Art and design projects integrated with math and science
  • Project time for visual projects and creative expression

Music/Performing Arts

The goal of the Music/Performing Arts program is to ensure that all students experience an enriched music and drama program with depth and quality. This program develops skills that help students to express their ideas and feelings as well as instilling knowledge of musical concepts and stage performance.

Pre-elementary

  • Enjoy weekly music classes with Music Specialist
  • Practice poetry recitation
  • Experience role-playing opportunities
  • Explore the integration of music and drama in other curriculum areas

Lower Elementary

  • Enjoy weekly music classes with Music Specialist
  • Introduced to musical notation
  • Listen to and practice rhythm and beat through senses and instruments
  • Practice pitch and melody
  • Develop an appreciation of music and music history through song, games, and movement
  • Explore songs from world cultures and periods of history
  • Integrate music and drama
  • Participate in year-end Lower Elementary musical

Upper Elementary

  • Participate in musical theatre production
  • Apply music skills to play the recorder and ukulele
  • Appreciate music and music history through song, games, and movement
  • Explore songs from world cultures and periods of history

Middle School

  • Learn complex choral selections for performance
  • Participate in chorale and theatre production
  • Integrate drama studies with literature, including a focus on Shakespeare
  • Explore opportunity for creative interpretation of characters and themes

  • Work effectively as an ensemble

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