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Maria Montessori

Chemistry, Biology & Physics

Learning in Context

Learning In Context

During the Elementary years, ages 6 to 12, the child has an intense need to understand their place in the universe. In order to help them satisfy this curiosity and provoke further questions for the children to investigate, we tell them the greatest story of all – the story of the origins of the universe and the formation of the stars, planets, the sun, and the Earth.

The Upper Elementary student investigates how human beings are profoundly connected to the world around them, which leads to investigation of economic and cultural geography. Learning becomes deeper and more integrated, and concepts more complex. Chinese Teachers support these increasingly complex concepts by providing more detailed vocabulary and additional Chinese language lessons on Earth Sciences.

Dual-Language Learning In The Classroom

As the children receive many follow up lessons in Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, the Lower Elementary Chinese Teachers provide Chinese language extension in order to support and encourage the child’s ability to communicate about such fascinating principles in fluent Mandarin.

The Uppwer Elementary student investigates how human begins are profoundly connected to the world around them, which leads to investigation of economic and cultural geography. Learning becomes deeper and more integrated, and concepts more completx. Chinese Teachers support these increasingly complex concepts by providing more detailed vocabulary and additional Chineses language lesons on Earth Sciences.

Elements Of The Montessori Elementary Learning Experience

There are many more opportunities to learn and to explore the questions raised during the first Great Story in small groups. Science projects and Materials encourage and assist further exploration by the child to begin to answer all of these questions raised.

In the Lower Elementary classroom, Physical Geography is a key area of exploration, as well as an initial exploration of Culture and Economic Geography.

In Upper Elementary, deeper exploration occurs. Children explore more in depth into and the concept of the influence role of geographic features and the influences on the economies of various types of scoieties and their resulting economies is investigated according to their own interests.

Interest is sparked, not only by the teachers’ retelling of the Great Stories and the many fascinating follow-up lessons, but also by the interests and the investigations of their peers and the explorations of the older children in this multi-age environment. The inspiration to do more, to learn more, to satisfy their own interests is at the core of Montessori.

After the this introduction to Chemistry in the first Great Story, children explore the three states of matter in more depth, discover what the universe is made of – atoms, investigate basic atomic theory, and then conduct experiments to understand more about compounds, solutions, and mixtures. Later they learn about Mendeleev’s Table of the Elements and get excited about building atomic models or about the history of the discovery of the Periodic Table. There is literally no end to the possible avenues of interest and or exploration.

As the children receive many follow up lessons in Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, the Lower Elementary Chinese Teachers provide Chinese language extension about the solar system, sun and the earth, Geographic features including continents and oceans, countries and flags, maps, the Three States of Matter, and more.

The Upper Elementary student investigates how human beings interrelated with the world around them, and economic and cultural geography are key topics of interest. Learning becomes deeper and more integrated, and concepts more complex. Chinese Teachers support this learning by providing more detailed vocabulary and additional Chinese language extension lessons about Energy and its role, the Solar system, the interdependencies between earth and humans, and biomes, and more.

The Upper Elementary student investigates how human beings interrelated with the world around them, and economic and cultural geography are key topics of interest. Learning becomes deeper and more integrated, and concepts more complex. Chinese Teachers support this learning by providing more detailed vocabulary and additional Chinese language extension lessons about Energy and its role, the Solar system, the interdependencies between earth and humans, and biomes, and more.

More On Geography

What is the impact of the Earth’s relationship to the Sun? How does it move through space?  What causes gravity? How is gravity different on other planets? Why do we have seasons and climatic zones?

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More on Science

There are many more opportunities to learn and explore the questions raised during the first Great Story in small groups. More science projects and materials encourage further exploration by the child. Some typical follow up work after the Story of Formation of the Universe includes reading, investigating through science experiments, and Going Out to find examples in nature or in museums.

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