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"Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core."

Maria Montessori


A Day in the Life in Elementary

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A Day in the Life - Montessori Elementary Class

Monday - Thursday

8:15-10:30 : Morning work cycle, special activities

10:30-11:00 : Recess or Active Lunch (once per week)

11:00-11:30 : Lunch

11:30-12:15 : Chinese Language Lesson

12:15-3:15 : Afternoon Work cycle

3:15 : Dismissal to buses, pick up, after school activities

Friday

8:15-9:00 : PE (Physical Education) Lesson

9:00-9:45 : Art Lesson

9:45-10:30 : Music Lesson

10:30-11:15 : IT Lesson

11:15-11:30 : Snack

11:30-12:15 : Chinese Language Lesson

12:15-12:45 : Lunch

12:45-3:15 : Afternoon work cycle

3:15 : Dismissal to bus, pick up, after school activities

Montessori Work Cycle

The Montessori work period is an uninterrupted block of time in which children work on projects and practice skills at their own pace. Observers are often stunned to see the Montessori work cycle for the first time. It creates the impression of a “hive of activity” with no clear leader. Everyone does their part and the teachers blend into the background. Older children take on leadership roles while younger ones race to catch up.

During Work Cycle

Children are:
  • Moving freely throughout the room
  • Choosing to work on floor or at tables
  • Working on extended group projects or alone
  • Cleaning, organizing, and caring for the environment
  • Using manipulative materials to review content
  • Making jokes and sharing amongst friends then returning to work
  • Recording progress in journals
  • Having heated discussions that result in consensus and group decisions
  • Leading and following to learn the give and take of working with others
  • Taking on jobs like “Class Proofreader,” “Class Spelling Expert,” “Class Math Checker”
  • Caring for Plants and Animals
  • Reaching out the the community and developing projects to serve global needs
Teachers are:
  • Giving lessons to small groups of children
  • Conferencing in with children to record progress, give feedback, and prepare for the future
  • Observing which children are ready for harder lessons
  • Observing children whom are roadblocked and meeting with them to help overcome obstacles
  • Facilitating class meetings
  • Facilitating restorative chats to resolve conflict
  • Telling stories
  • Leading science demonstrations
  • Handing over responsibility for all of the above as soon as children are ready to take on leadership roles!

Children make a list all the lessons they have received from teachers and record their progress in all areas. In the morning children use their list to plan the day in their work journal.

Teachers conference with the children regularly. At conferences we remind children of lessons they can practice and checks that children are staying on track. If children have been successful the teacher plans harder lessons. If children are not getting work done teacher and student identify the roadblock then develop a plan together to work towards future success.

Support At Home

A look at the Montessori teacher’s role in setting the tone for daily work and actively supporting social-emotional development in the elementary classroom