CURRICULUM SCOPE & SEQUENCE

Introduction

This scope and sequence of The Montessori School for Shreveport (MSS) curriculum is designed to demonstrate the continuum of knowledge from one developmental level to the next and to illustrate the depth of each subject area.

At MSS, we prepare our students for life by offering them an academic program that develops important skills for success such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, independence, confidence, and resilience. Dr. Montessori referred to this approach as “Educating the Whole Child,” that is, catering to each student’s academic, physical, 

We hope that this Curriculum Scope and Sequence also provides you with a common language for Montessori exercises to better communicate and understand the work your child is doing in the classroom, leading to more robust conversations between students, parents, and faculty.

emotional, spiritual, and moral development. Montessori’s developmental approach recognizes that each child reaches certain milestones at different stages. As such, the Montessori lessons are presented to students when they are developmentally ready and have mastered certain prerequisite activities.

 

Developmental Characteristics

Toddler- Developmental Characteristics

21 - 36 months

First Plane of Development

During this stage of development, children have a unique ability to absorb knowledge quickly and effortlessly. Maria Montessori referred to this as the "absorbent mind."

These children are sensorial explorers and learn through the senses; therefore all experiences within the classroom are hands-on. This concrete experience of learning by doing is essential to the child's development as it enriches his/her understanding of new concepts.

Also during this stage, the child has a natural passion to want to be engaged in activity that will be meaningful and purposeful. The child wants to be an active participant within his/her community of family and classmates.

 

These children continue to learn through the senses. All experiences within the classroom engage use of the hands, are purposeful and are accompanied by mental concentration.

 

Pre-Primary - Developmental Characteristics

3-6 year old

First Plane of Development

In the Pre-Primary classroom, the ultimate goal for each individual is to achieve concentration, self-regulated behavior, independence, confidence, and an interest in learning about his/her world.

During this time of development, children continue to be in the stage of the "absorbent mind," what Maria Montessori referred to as a child's unique ability to absorb knowledge quickly and effortlessly. Children take great joy and pride in real and purposeful work and in their ability to contribute to their community as active and helpful participants.


 

 

Social development is fostered in the Montessori environment with classrooms of children of at least three ages (3-6 year olds), allowing them to develop helping, caring, and sympathetic relationships with others in natural, real-life situations.


 

 

Lower Elementary - Developmental Characteristics

6-9 year old

Second Plane of Development

During this stage of development, we see the development of the “reasoning mind” where the 6-9 child has an increased desire to know the reasons of things. Because there is a great thirst for knowledge, we offer the second plane child many seeds of knowledge and use of the power of imagination to captivate his/her interest and delve into further research to allow these seeds to germinate. 

 

The 6-9 student is also very interested in morality and what society (the child’s own group) considers to be right and wrong. Students explore the wider society outside of family by learning and experimenting with social order among their peer groups. This allows for opportunities to practice grace and courtesy and develop resilience. Students in this plane of

development enjoy working with others, so collaborative projects and group work is encouraged in the classroom. This provides students with the opportunity to learn to listen and respect the ideas and thoughts of others in their group.

 

 

Upper Elementary - Developmental Characteristics

9-12 year old

Second Plane of Development

During this stage of development, children are extremely social and concerned with “fairness”. The 9-12 year-old begins to develop an attitude of detachment from the home environment and an emerging interest in justice. Students in this stage move from concrete representation to abstract thinking. They bring order to various disconnected facts and are able to think hypothetically. Beginning to comprehend the differences between right and wrong, good and bad, the Montessori student now starts to look toward understanding the motivation behind behavior, and when confronted with moral issues, the student begins a journey to imagine and develop possible solutions.

 

Middle School - Developmental Characteristics

12-14 year old

Third Plane of Development

During this third plane of development, students again have an absorbent mind, this time specifically about the adult world around them. They begin to enter the adult world as a participant instead of a spectator. They are looking for their place in a community, their role in the larger adult society, and their valorization of who they are becoming. “Valorization” is Montessori’s term for the adolescent’s process of becoming a strong and worthy person. Valorization comes gradually to the adolescent as he/she realizes that he/she is useful and is capable of effort.  

This is accomplished only by the work of the MIND, work of the HANDS, and work of the HEART. It happens when adolescents have appropriate responsibilities and expectations; when they are able to experience the joy that comes from successfully meeting challenges; and when they experience the character building that is the result of their restitution when they have made poor decisions. 

As we prepare our program each year, we keep in mind the Seven Gateways of Adolescent Education, which focus on the needs of the adolescent: 

  1. Yearning for deep connection (to themselves, others, nature, a higher power)

  2. Longing for silence and solitude (can reach urgent peaks during this time)

  3. Search for meaning and purpose (exploring big questions of destiny and higher meanings)

  4. Hunger for joy/delight (play, gratitude, encountering beauty, just being alive)

  5. Creative drive (new ideas, art, scientific discovery)

  6. Urge for transcendence (going beyond perceived limits)

  7. Need for initiation (rites of passage, new beginnings, taking risks)

Practical Life

 

Toddler - Practical Life

21-36 Months

Practical life activities link the home environment to the school environment and develop everyday life skills through real and purposeful work. Practical life lessons are interesting and engaging to toddlers.  At this age, children take pride in participating in meaningful work, contributing to the development of meeting his/her own needs and the needs of the community. These lessons are designed to meet developmental goals for the child such as refining fine motor skills, helping gain greater control over movements, fostering a sense of order, building concentration, and promoting independence.

Practical life exercises include learning:

HOW TO CARE FOR ONESELF

  • Dressing/ undressing

  • Preparing a snack

  • Pouring water

  • Practicing with utensils

  • Practicing independent use of the toilet

  • Handwashing

  • Food preparation

HOW TO CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Sweeping

  • Mopping

  • Dishwashing

  • Setting a table

  • Table scrubbing

  • Polishing

  • Flower arranging

  • Folding fabric

HOW TO PRACTICE POLITE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, KNOWN AS GRACE AND COURTESY LESSONS

  • How to appropriately get someone’s attention

  • How to let someone know how you are feeling

  • How to ask for help

  • How to problem-solve and form positive social interactions

 

 

“Rudith” (our child-sized puppet) needs a lot of help in the learning rules and how to be polite. She gave a demonstration of how not to sneeze. She sneezed all over Mrs. Sandy and the children. The group had to teach her the rules of how to sneeze and how to speak when someone says, “Good Morning.”

 

Pre-Primary - Practical Life

3-6 year old

Practical life activities continue to build on the home-school continuum, as the child develops everyday life skills through real and purposeful work. These activities form the foundation for all other work in the environment. The goals of practical life lessons are to promote the development of a child’s concentration, coordination, independence, and sense of order. Practical life activities further aid in a child’s development of logical thought, ability to sequence and explore spatial relationships, and promote cultural awareness and adaptation. Practical life exercises are also indirectly preparing children for later exercises in reading and writing

Practical life exercises may include learning:

HOW TO CARE FOR ONESELF

  • Dressing/undressing

  • Handwashing

  • Food preparation

  • Ironing clothes

  • Spooning/pouring/tonging hand-eye activities

HOW TO CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Table scrubbing

  • Polishing

  • Dusting

  • Flower arranging

  • Dishwashing

HOW TO PRACTICE POLITE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, KNOWN AS GRACE AND COURTESY LESSONS

  • How to greet someone

  • How to ask for help

  • How to ask to join in a game

  • How to problem-solve and form positive social interactions.

 

 
 

Lower Elementary - Practical Life

6-9 year old

Practical life activities at this age help the child to navigate the physical and social world he is entering. Activities now include learning the social norms of a group, planning work, and managing short-term projects.

Practical life exercises include learning:

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Gardening

  • Science experiments

  • Care of the environment

  • Care of self

  • Grace and courtesy

  • Reflection

 

Practical life activities teach:

  • Care and maintenance of the classroom through class jobs

  • Gardening to plant, grow, and harvest produce

  • Cooking to learn to follow a recipe

  • Preparing healthy class snacks

  • Classroom pet and plant care

  • Projects such as building birdhouses, making sets for musicals, planting trees, campus cleanup days, trail maintenance, and neighborhood beautification of local bayou

  • Daily composting and recycling responsibilities

  • Planning fundraisers and school carnivals; arranging food and clothing drives; and organizing humanitarian aid operations

Upper Elementary - Practical Life

9-12 year old

Practical life activities in 9-12 focus on care of self, care of environment and living things, cooperation, and continued practice of grace and courtesy. Students feel a greater sensitivity to their surroundings, so activities begin to take the children outside of the classroom through community service projects. 

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Middle School - Practical Life

12-14 year old

Purposeful work and real-life learning takes place within the classroom environment as well as beyond the walls of the school building. Practical life is extremely important to the adolescents' work, as they continue to acquire real-life skills that will help them develop into independent young adults.

Practical life exercises include:

  • Grace and courtesy

  • Daily community jobs

  • Field studies

  • Standardized testing

  • Internships

  • Public speaking

  • Self-care

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Budgeting and cooking

  • Time management and executive functioning

  • Conflict resolution

  • Utilizing public transportation

  • Use of tools

  • Annual Capstone trip

  • Personal World curriculum

 

MICROECONOMIES:

  • Writing a business plan

  • Marketing and advertising

  • Bookkeeping

  • Customer service

Sensorial

Pre-Primary - Sensorial 

3-6 year old

The sensorial curriculum engages a child's natural tendency to explore the physical world around him through the involvement of all his senses. The sensorial materials are puzzle-like materials that allow the child to refine the many sensorial impressions that they have experienced.

These impressions are classified and organized in the mind. The goal of the sensorial area is to aid in the refinement of the five senses through manipulation and exploration of concrete materials, so the child will have a better understanding of the world.

Sensorial exercises include:

  • Visual sense: visual discrimination of dimension, form and color through block manipulatives, color tablets, geometrical shapes

  • Tactile sense: discrimination of texture, temperature and weight through sorting, matching, and measuring activities

  • Stereognostic sense: discrimination of items through touch alone

  • Auditory sense: discrimination of volume and pitch through sound cylinders and bells

  • Sense of taste: discrimination of tastes such as sour, sweet, bitter, and salty through food preparation and specific lessons on taste

  • Sense of smell: discrimination of smell through natural elements such as herbs, food, and flowers through food preparation, Outdoor Classroom, and specific lessons on smell

 

Sensorial exercises include:

  • Puzzles

  • Block manipulatives

  • Gardening

  • Color exploration

  • Sound exploration/music instruments

  • Sorting exercises

    • Grading

    • Nesting

  • Art materials

 

Toddler - Sensorial 

21-36 Months

The sensorial materials are hands-on activities that allow the child to explore the world in a concrete way through various senses. The sensorial materials help develop a child's hand-eye coordination, fine/large motor skills, spatial awareness, object permanence, and classification skills.

The materials help to refine a child's senses so that he can better clarify, classify, and define the materials and experiences within his various environments. These sensorial experiences deepen a child's understanding of his world.

 

 
 

Mathematics & Geometry

NUMBERS 1-10

Early math of one to one correspondence, quantity, symbol and sequence of numbers one through ten are taught through the use of materials such as rods, spindles, and cards/counters (numeration with objects)

DECIMAL SYSTEM

Categories of unit, ten, hundred, and thousand are introduced with bead materials. The processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are experienced with the manipulation of the bead materials in order to introduce the four operations in a concrete way.

TEENS and TENS

The teens are introduced through the manipulation of golden beads, colored beads and cards to represent quantities and symbols of numbers 11 through 19. Numbers in the tens are explored with the emphasis on the change from nine to the next ten (e.g., 39-40) by building the numbers with beads and cards. Bead chains provide concrete practice in counting and recognizing numbers and patterns. Students may begin manipulation and exploration of fraction inset materials through introduction to fraction language.

MEMORIZATION WORK

The exploration of math facts occurs through a series of beads, and boards work, offering repetition.

Further understanding of math facts occurs as children memorize math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

PASSAGE TO ABSTRACTION

Some children move to abstraction in math through the use of an abacus-like bead frame, enabling the child to perform math operations with very large numbers.

Pre-Primary - Mathematics & Geometry 

3-6 year old

The Montessori math curriculum is presented first through concrete materials that allow for hands-on exploration of a concept. The goals of the math curriculum are quite extensive, beginning with an understanding of quantity and symbol, progressing to place value and experiences with the four operations of mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). When children at this level demonstrate a concrete understanding of these math concepts, they may be ready to move on to the more advanced exercises in memorization, abstraction, and fraction work.

Toddler - Mathematics

21-36 Months old

Math is learned indirectly at this level through one to one correspondence activities, such as counting out place settings for snack. Some children may work with additional activities that build a greater understanding of quantity and symbol.

 

 
 

Lower Elementary - Mathematics & Geometry

6-9 year old

The mathematics curriculum introduces mathematics concepts, number theory, and computation through the use of Montessori materials (sometimes referred to as manipulatives), which allow the children to practice in order to gain understanding and mastery.

GREAT LESSON

  • The Story of Numbers

NUMERATION

  • Formation of numbers

  • Attach quantity to symbol

  • Place value to millions

  • Reading numbers

  • Study of other number systems

OPERATIONS

  • Static and dynamic addition/subtraction/multiplication/division with and without materials

  • Memorization of math facts for each operation

  • Introduction to commutative, associative, and distributive laws of mathematics with materials

MULTIPLES

  • Introduction, concept, and practice with materials

  • Skip counting with and without materials

MEASUREMENT

  • History/introduction, concept, practice of linear measurement

  • Money - coin identification, adding coins, making change

  • Metric measurement

  • Customary  measurement

  • Standard measurement

FRACTIONS

  • Introduction and identification using materials

  • Equivalence of fractions

  • Operations with fractions with like denominators

GRAPHS

  • Introduction to bar, line, tally charts, pie graphs, and pictographs

PROBLEM -SOLVING SKILLS

  • Word problems using the operations

Montessori exposes children to concepts of geometry with manipulatives that allow children to visualize and interact manually with concepts.

CONCEPTS

  • Point, line, plane, solid

  • Similarity, congruency, equivalence

LINES

  • Definition, position, and types of lines using the nomenclature booklets and materials

ANGLES

  • Definition, types, and measurement of angles

POLYGONS

  • Definition and types of polygons using the nomenclature booklets materials

  • Further study of triangles

 
 

Upper Elementary - Mathematics & Geometry

9-12 year old

Mathematics instruction continues to use the Montessori materials, but the goal is abstract understanding.

WHOLE NUMBERS AND NUMERATION

  • Complete all whole number operations, (including long multiplication and division abstractly)

  • Review hierarchical values, expanded notation, comparison, rounding, and estimating

MULTIPLES

  • Greatest common factor, least common multiple, prime, and composite numbers

  • Using prime factorization

MEASUREMENT

  • Liquid capacity

  • Measuring lines and angles

  • Time

FRACTIONS

  • Equivalence

  • Type of fractions including proper, improper, and mixed

  • Operations using and reducing fractions

GRAPHS

  • Reading and constructing pictographs

  • Bar graphs and line graphs

PROBLEM -SOLVING SKILLS

  • Commutative, associative, and distributive operations

  • Rules of divisibility

  • Review odd and even numbers

DECIMALS

  • Equivalency, comparing, ordering, and renaming fractions as decimals; learning all four operations abstractly

 

RATIOS AND PERCENTS

  • Ratios as fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Conversion of fractions, decimals, and percentages

STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY

  • Construct, read, and interpret tables, and graphs, of all types

  • Understand mean, medium, range, mode, frequency, and tree diagrams

ALGEBRA READINESS

  • Powers of numbers

  • Squares and cubes

  • Squaring of binomials and trinomials

  • Square roots

  • Order of operations

  • Solving word problems through logical reasoning, finding patterns, and solving for missing information

  • Positive and negative numbers

  • Cubing of binomials and trinomials

  • Cube roots

 

GEOMETRY

Geometry continues to be taught with Montessori manipulatives and tactile demonstrations. Emphasis is placed on connecting the physical experience with understanding of the abstract concept.

POINTS, LINES, AND ANGLES

  • Position of single lines

  • Position of two lines

  • Triangles by angles and sides

  • Equivalency, congruency, and similarity

  • Symmetry

  • Perimeter

  • Area of plane figures

  • Classification of polyhedral

  • Study of volume of geometric solid through formula derivation ​

  • Surface area

Middle School - Mathematics & Geometry

12-14 year old

This level is a logical continuation of the students' work and studies in Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary programs. Students take what they have learned concretely in prior levels and apply that information abstractly, consolidating all of their mathematical knowledge and experiences.

 

Geometry is a subset of the math curriculum. It provides excellent opportunities for practicing logic, reasoning, and proofs.

PREPARATION FOR ALGEBRA

  • Problem-solving techniques

  • Order of operations

  • Squares, roots

  • Estimation

  • Probability and statistics

  • Range, median, mean, average

  • Fractions, decimals, percent’s:

    • Equivalency and conversion

  • Negative numbers, zero, and absolute value

  • Ratio and proportions

  • Factors and multiples

  • Graphs and other displays

  • Powers, exponents

  • Logic

  • Measurements and scale

  • Commutative Property

  • Distributive Property 

  • Number lines

ALGEBRA

  • Describing patterns with variables

  • Translating words into algebraic expressions and vice versa

  • Variables and equations

  • Solving equations

  • Equations with negative numbers

  • Equations with a negative variable

  • Single step equations

  • Multi-step equations

  • Coordinate graphs and equations

  • Quadratic equations (if ready)

  • Functions and lines

  • Slope, x-intercept, y-intercept

  • Algebra through geometry

APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

  • Micro-economies and economics

  • Research and data analysis

  • Cooking

  • Technology

  • Timeline work and time management

  • Word problems

GEOMETRY

  • Lines: nomenclature and classification

  • Angles: identifying, measuring, bisecting

  • Triangles: nomenclature, classification according to sides and angles, equivalence proof

  • Quadrilaterals: nomenclature, classification

  • Circles: nomenclature, relationships, circumference, diameter, area

  • Pythagorean Theorem

  • Polynomials (if ready) 

 

LANGUAGE

Upper Elementary - Language

9-12 Years old

 

Language builds on reading fluency and writing skills to focus on comprehension of texts. Written expression is emphasized.

 

READING APPLICATIONS

  • Reading comprehension through word study, getting the main idea, finding details, identifying cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, identifying fact and opinion, sequencing, drawing conclusions, and making inferences.

  • Literature analysis through examination of characters, setting, plot sequence, speaker, theme, dialects, literary form, and vocabulary.

 

SPELLING

  • Dependable spelling patterns

  • Contractions, homophones, compound words, abbreviations,                                                                                               suffixes and prefixes

  • Commonly misspelled words

  • Spelling strategies

 

 

ORAL INTERPRETATION

  • Public speaking, musical classes, plays, skits, and oral presentations

 

GRAMMAR

  • Advanced Function of Words (all parts of speech including Verb Conjugations)

  • Simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentence structure

 

EDITING

  • Reports, journals, letters, letter writing, book reports, myths, fables, descriptive writing, short stories, poetry, scripts, biographies, and summaries

  • Proof reading strategies:  capitalization and punctuation rules, constructing complete sentences, proper word usage and meanings

 

READING

  • Fiction: poetry, novels, short stories, graphic novels, science fiction, classics, historical fiction, mythology, folk tales, mystery/suspense, drama/plays

  • Non-fiction: advertising, publication articles, auto/biography, news sources, science texts, reference materials

 

THE WRITING PROCESS

  • Process writing with several drafts of a single work edited and evaluated until a publishable product is constructed (prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing).

  • Note taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing

  • Topic and transition sentences

  • Paragraph construction

  • Narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing

Lower Elementary - Language

6-9 year old

Language is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. It is primarily focused on reading, fluency, writing, and oral expression.

THE GREAT LESSON: The Story of Language

Grammar and Syntax

  • Parts of speech with grammar boxes:

    • noun

    • article

    • adjective

    • verb

    • preposition

    • adverb

    • pronoun

    • conjunction

    • interjection

  • Extensions with parts of speech

  • Beginning sentence analysis:

    • subject

    • predicate

    • direct object

    • adverbials 

  • Word study

    • root words

    • prefixes

    • suffixes

    • compound words

    • word families

    • synonyms

    • antonyms

    • homophones

    • singular/plural nouns

    • dictionary skills

Writing practice and written composition 

  • Cursive handwriting lower and upper case

  • Punctuation rules:​

  • Capitalization rules

  • Paragraph skills

  • Sentence construction

  • Spelling rules: contractions, phenograms, and puzzle words

  • Editing and rewriting a final composition

  • Research writing

  • Creative writing

  • Story writing

  • Poetry writing

  • Letter writing

  • Journal writing

Beginning reading skills

  • Continued phonics, letter to sound relationships

  • Basic sight word recognition

  • Additional reading support with an emphasis on first-year readers

Reading comprehension

  • Reading for meaning and content

  • Story elements

  • Literature discussions

  • Daily individual reading for practice and enjoyment

  • Reading aloud to children

Spelling

  • Short vowel sounds

  • Long vowel sounds

  • Consonant blends

  • Words ending in -ed or -ing

  • Unstressed vowels

  • Silent letters

  • Syllable spelling

Spoken language

  • Presenting oral reports

  • Sharing poetry and stories

  • Play performances

Pre-Primary - Language

3-6 year old

The language curriculum supports a child's development in three aspects: spoken, written, and reading. The language curriculum is quite extensive, with various goals in each of these subsets. Spoken language curriculum helps the child perfect his ability to communicate and express himself appropriately with others. Written language curriculum goals are to develop a child's ability to analyze sounds, recall their associated symbol, and formulate words. Print and numeral writing is taught at the Pre-Primary level and letters are presented through various language materials and developmentally appropriate curriculum. The goals of the reading curriculum are to break down the symbols into sounds and, find meaning and context through deciphering words, sentences and eventually short stories.

Spoken Language Lessons Include:

  • Enrichment of vocabulary: learn new names of objects and classify them through tangible objects and picture cards

  • Lessons to practice and simulate social situations dramatically

  • Stories, songs, and poems to give the child opportunity to appreciate literature

  • Auditory Development

    • Oral sounds games:

      • initial sounds

      • ending sounds

      • middles sounds

      • words with objects

      • Rhymes - alliteration

Written Language Lessons Include:

  • Sandpaper letters: beginning with consonants and vowels then progressing to phonograms

  • Written sound activities with the movable alphabet

    • initial sounds

    • ending sounds

    • middle sounds

    • word families

  • Constructing words with letters, then phrases and sentences

  • Preparation of the hand through progression of materials:

    • metal insets

    • chalkboards

    • unlined word-paper

    • lined word-paper

    • lined sentence-paper

    • lined story-paper

  • Sequencing

    • categories

    • classification

    • go-together opposites

Reading Lessons Include:

  • Phonetic reading through matching object games, command games, and reading various materials (i.e., cards, sentences, books)

  • Phonograms: writing, reading, and spelling

  • Puzzle words (sight words)

  • Grammar and parts of speech through the use of concrete objects and games

  • Word study: antonyms, synonyms, singular and plural

Toddler - Language

21-36 Months old

In the toddler communities, focus is on developing receptive and expressive language. Receptive language refers to what the child can understand, such as following directions. Expressive language refers to what the child is able to communicate with words and/or gestures. Language is found in all areas of the environment; however, there is a specific language area that focuses on fostering language skills.

 

The curriculum is designed to enrich a child’s vocabulary and bring awareness to the structure of language. The language materials aids in independence, helping students learn how to use language appropriately and have their needs and thoughts understood. Language is also enriched through music, stories, and poems.

Language Exercises Include:

  • Reading books

  • Singing songs/Finger play

    • Community song

    • Good Morning song

  • Naming language objects and picture cards

  • Matching objects to corresponding pictures

  • Daily conversations and modeling language

  • Initial sound recognition, naming objects/people in environment, awareness to the relationship between sound and symbol

  • Learning language of feelings/emotions

 
 
 
 
 

Middle School - Language

12-14 Years old

 

Language in the 12-14 level is about finding one's voice and making that voice heard. Students find their voice by exploring many types of reading and writing. They make their voice heard by perfecting how they communicate their thoughts.

READING

Literature is chosen to best complement the curriculum unit at hand. Books include, but are not limited to: Lord of the Flies, Touching Spirit Bear, The Outsiders, Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Call of the Wild, The Hiding Place, A Year Down Yonder, The False Prince, Bud, Not Buddy.

  • Previewing and comprehending

  • Finding context clues and inferences

  • Determining the author’s main purpose and big idea

  • Determining saliency

  • Summarizing and predicting

  • Character motivation

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Comparing two or more pieces

  • Applying schema

  • Point of view of narration

  • Idioms and dialect

  • Mind mapping

LITERARY TECHNIQUES

  • Fiction: poetry, novels, short stories, graphic novel, science fiction, classics, historical fiction, mythology, folk tales, mystery/suspense, drama/plays

  • Non-fiction: editorials, advertising, periodicals, auto/biography, news sources, blogs, science texts, biased writing

GRAMMAR AND LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Parts of speech

  • Parts of the sentence

  • Punctuation

  • Proofreading and editing

  • Usage

  • Spelling rules

  • Vocabulary

WRITING

  • Writing Labs and Portfolios

  • Peer reviews

  • Figurative language: metaphor, simile, personification, etc.

  • Active vs. passive voice

  • Point of view, narration

  • Paragraphs and transitions

  • Writing formats

  • Pre-writing or brainstorming techniques

  • Elements of storytelling: characters, setting, dialogue, conflict, resolution, and descriptive detail

  • Fiction: stories, plays, comics

  • Non-fiction: autobiography, letters, articles, speeches, interviews, resumes, how- to manuals, thank you notes

  • Expository

  • Summarizing

  • Five-paragraph essay

  • Letters to the editor

  • Persuasive essay

  • Demonstrative essay

  • Research, thesis, and supporting points

ORAL LANGUAGE

  • Presentation skills

  • Listening skills

HISTORY

Toddler - History

21-36 Months old

History is introduced indirectly through books and by learning the daily schedule.

Children are very much in the present at this age and flourish with predictable schedules and routines.

 

Activities include:

  • Introduction to calendar

  • Awareness of seasonal changes

  • Introduction to the three fundamental tenses: (sequence)

    • Past

    • Present

    • Future

  • Experience of personal history via birthday celebrations/personal timelines

Pre-Primary - History 

3-6 Years old

For the young child, the focus is on developing awareness and understanding of the concept of the "passing of time."

Activities include:

  • Introduction to the calendar

  • Awareness of seasonal changes

  • Beginning of clock study: o'clock, half-past, quarter till, quarter past

  • Introduction to the three fundamental tenses: (sequence)

    • past

    • present

    • future

  • Experience of personal history via birthday celebrations/personal timelines

 

Lower Elementary - History 

6-9 Years old

History is shared through stories based on the contributions of all of humanity.

GREAT LESSON: The Story of Human Beings

TIME

  • Timeline of life

  • Earth history with the black strip

  • BC/AD timeline

  • Calendar: study of year, month, week, day including personal timelines

  • Clock study: o’clock, half-past, quarter to, quarter past

HUMAN STUDIES

  • Fundamental needs of humans

  • Introduction to various civilizations and cultures

  • Appreciation for human contributions

 

Upper Elementary - History 

9-12 Years old

History is shared by stories but explored in greater depth through inquiry-based research. The focus of the three-year cycle is the development of culture.

​ REVIEW OF TIMELINE OF LIFE

  • Prehistoric timeline and research for Cambrian Period through Cretaceous Period

  • Archeology and anthropology

  • Timeline and research of early humans

  • Significance and characteristics of early humans, including Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthalensis, and Homo Sapien

  • Migration

  • Hunter-gatherer societies and Native American studies

  • Introduction and research of cradle and ancient civilizations

  • Middle Ages and Renaissance timelines and research

  • Age of Exploration

AMERICAN STUDIES

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • State research

  • Branches of Government

  • Presidential elections

 

Middle School - History 

12-14 Years old

The 12-14 curriculum is a two-year integrated program incorporating literature, history, cultural and social studies, current events, research projects, and a Social Studies Fair project. The two-year cycle is one semester each of civics, Louisiana history, American history, and economics. 

Throughout the two-year cycle, students explore a variety of historical topics under the broad umbrellas of government/constitution, culture, revolution, movement of people, and economics.

 

CIVICS

  • Foundations of government

  • Revolution / the early United States

  • The Constitution and founding documents

  • Federalism and the balance between states and nation

  • The branches of government; checks and balances

  • How laws are made

  • Political parties, elections, voting

  • Important Supreme Court decisions

AMERICAN HISTORY

  • Factors influencing exploration, discovery, and colonization of America

  • Chronological timeline of American events; how events fit into the big picture

  • Cultural and societal shifts throughout America’s history

  • Exploring the tough issues: Native Americans, slavery, civil rights, Japanese internment, women’s suffrage

  • Immigration and migration (voluntary and forced)

  • Twentieth-century America

  • Current events

LOUISIANA HISTORY

  • Factors influencing exploration of Louisiana

  • Chronological timeline of Louisiana events; how events fit into the big picture

  • Acadians and Cajun culture and history

  • Cultural and societal shifts throughout Louisiana’s history

  • Louisiana purchase

  • Immigration and migration (voluntary and forced)

  • Twentieth-century Louisiana

  • Difference in Louisiana government

 

ECONOMICS: Lumbertown Virtual Society

  • Calculating income, tax, percentage, proportions

  • The Stock Market

  • The role of government in economies

  • Banking, budgeting, accounting

  • Consumerism: political and ecological footprints

  • The global economy

  • Poverty, unemployment, and hunger

CURRENT EVENTS

  • Reliability and accuracy of sources

  • Determining salient parts and summarizing

  • Connecting current events to a cosmic perspective by comparing to events around the world and events from the past

 

GEOGRAPHY

Toddler - Geography 

21-36 Months

Geography is introduced indirectly at this level through activities such as exploring a globe ball, singing cultural songs, reading books, and making cultural snacks or celebrating traditions of classmates.

 

Pre-Primary - Geography

3-6 Years old

The goal of the geography curriculum at this level is to bring an awareness to children of the physical features of the earth.  This is done through presentations of land/water formations and concrete exploration of maps.  The curriculum also brings an awareness of other cultures around the world through pictures, objects, and stories.

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Study of land and water forms, such as lakes, islands, peninsulas, gulfs, isthmus’, and straits

EXPLORATION OF GLOBES, MAPS, AND FLAGS

  • Naming and distinguishing shapes and placement of continents, countries, states, and oceans

  • Making of maps and books of flags to encourage repetition and familiarization with the geography materials

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Children/families of the classroom are encouraged to share their own cultural stories and/or experiences with their classmates

  • Connections between physical and cultural geography are made through pictures, objects, and stories of other people, places, products, plants, animals, homes, clothing, transportation, arts, and crafts

 

Lower Elementary - Geography

6-9 Years old

Geography is introduced through oral lessons with tactile materials to allow repetition.

GREAT LESSON: The Story of our Universe

SOLAR SYSTEM

  • Planets, stars, constellations

  • Relationship between the sun and earth

COMPOSITION OF THE EARTH

  • Layers of the earth

  • Land and water forms

  • Formation of mountains and volcanoes

  • Types of rocks

STATES OF MATTER

  • Solid, liquid, gas

  • Further extensions with experiments

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Identifying countries, cities, capitals, land and water features with Montessori map materials

  • Making maps

  • Using an atlas

  • Researching and presenting information

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Middle School - Geography

12-14 Years old

Students engage in geography through our 2-year cycle of ten themes: Identity, Exploration, Connection, Interdependence, Systems, Structure, Influence, Transformation, Power, and Balance. 

Students study political and physical geography within the context of all curricular areas. Geography is closely connected to history, science, literature, and practical life. Studying in this way helps students find their place in the world, as well as understand how these concepts are connected and interdependent.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Preparation for Land Trips, field studies, and the Capstone Trip

  • Current events: relating geography to topics under discussion

  • World religions: tracing the geographical spread of religious groups and the relationship of geography to the conflicts among religious groups during our literature studies

  • Movement of people: tracing the path of various national and ethnic groups as well as patterns of settlement as we examine American and Louisiana history

Within the context of the science curriculum, geography includes:

  • Earth science

  • Climate and weather

  • Environmentalism

Upper Elementary - Geography

9-12 Years old

Geography is tied into both the history and science curricula.

​POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Map skills: imaginary lines, equator, latitude, longitude, political, physical, road maps

FUNCTIONAL GEOGRAPHY

 

  • Story of the Universe

  • Astronomy: black holes, galaxies, life cycle of a star(sun)

  • Solar System

  • Composition of the earth

  • Mountain building, faults, plate tectonics

  • Work of wind: winds, winds and seasons, rain caused by winds, ocean currents, erosion, energy

  • Work of water: work of rivers, rain, work of oceans, ocean currents, glaciers, water cycle, weathering and erosion

  • Climate and weather

  • Rock and soil studies

  • Land and water forms

  • Conservation

 

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

  • Two continents are the subject of study each year

  • Students explore the various cultures, rituals, and histories from around the world

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SCIENCE

Toddler - Science

21-36 Months old

Science is introduced indirectly at this level through activities such as cooking, books, picture cards, exploring living/non-living, magnetic works, and weather

SCIENCE LESSONS INCLUDE

  • Buoyancy: Sink or Float water play

  • Observation and care of classroom pets

  • Observation and care of classroom plants

  • Weather

 

Pre-Primary - Science

3-6 Years old

The goals of the science curriculum are to offer concrete exploration of the physical and life sciences to further classify the child’s understanding of his world.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE LESSONS MAY INCLUDE

  • Magnetism

  • Buoyancy

  • Weather

LIFE SCIENCE LESSONS MAY INCLUDE

  • Scientific classification: living/non-living, plant/animal, vertebrate/invertebrate

  • Introduction to invertebrates and the animal kingdom:

  1. Fish

  2. Amphibian

  3. Reptile

  4. Bird

  5. Mammal

  • Observation and care of classroom pets

  • Botany: naming and experiences with leaf shapes, plants, trees, and flowers

  • Observations and care of classroom plants

 

Lower Elementary - Science

6-9 Years old

Lower Elementary students explore science with hands-on demonstrations and experiments.

GREAT LESSON: The story of the coming of life

ZOOLOGY

• The six kingdoms

• Animal kingdom with animal story material and reference books

• Vertebrate/invertebrate

• Classification by phylum and class

• Research

• Observation and care of animals, pet visits

• Nature walks and field trips

BOTANY

• Story of plants

• Needs of plants

• Parts and functions: leaf, root, stem, flower, fruit, and seed

• Research

• Observation and care of plants

• Outdoor/indoor gardening

• Nature walks and field trips

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

• Introduction to the scientific method by observing, writing, and evaluating

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • Fundamental Force

  • Scientific Method

  • Chemistry: atoms, molecules, compounds, mixtures, bonding, pH, experimentation

  • Matter and Energy

  • Thermodynamics

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion

  • Simple Machines

  • Light

  • Electromagnetism

  • Conservation of matter, conservation of energy, properties of matter

  • Static and current electricity

Upper Elementary - Science

9-12 Year old

Science is based on hands-on inquiry with a focus on scientific language and principles.

​LIFE SCIENCES - BIOLOGY

  • Cell theory – the cell and its parts

  • Observation of cells and organisms under the microscope

  • Taxonomy – classification games and research

  • Full taxonomy of a single organism - KPCOFGS

  • Vital functions, body systems: nervous, reproductive, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, excretory, endocrine

  • Adaptations/biomes/food chains​

  • Vital functions of the plant

  • Ecosystems

  • Communities

  • Habitat

  • Oceanic gyres

  • Pollution

  • Climate Change

  • Sustainability

  • Ecology

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LABS

  • Science experiments: writing, performing, evaluating

  • Nature Walks/observations/fieldtrips

 

Middle School - Science

12-14 Year old

The two-year cycle in the 12-14 science classroom is primarily a laboratory-centered science course with links to geography, sustainability, and the Outdoor Classroom

 
CHEMISTRY

  • The Periodic Table

  • States of matter

  • Atomic structure

  • Chemical and physical change

  • Volume, mass, density

  • Equations for chemical reactions

  • Balancing chemical equations 


ENERGY, MACHINES, AND PHYSICS 

  • Energy transformations

  • Electricity generation

  • Magnets, electromagnets, compasses

  • Parallel and series circuits

  • Electricity and static electricity

  • The six basic simple machines

  • Understanding speed as the slope of a distance-time graph


SOUND AND LIGHT

  • The nature of waves

  • Sound waves

  • Electromagnetic spectrum

  • Constructive and destructive interference

BIOLOGY

  • Fossil record, stratigraphy and radiometric dating

  • Geologic timescale

  • Evolution, Tree of Life, and cladistics

  • Microscopy

  • Cells and their functions

  • Viruses, bacteria and diseases

  • DNA and protein synthesis

  • Heredity investigations

  • Lab investigations with protozoans and invertebrates

  • Body systems in animals

  • Ecosystem and the interaction between organisms  

  • Human impacts on the environment and climate

  • The nitrogen, water and carbon cycles

  • Environmental ethics


ASTRONOMY

  • The planets, galaxies, and universe

  • The sun and moon  

  • The life cycle of a star  

SCIENCE FAIR

  • The scientific method

  • Experimental design 

  • Interpretation of data gathered through experimentation using excel 

 
ONGOING

  • Raising threatened paddlefish from eggs (Native Fish in the Classroom)

  • Mathematical analysis as a part of each science topic

  • Field study experiences to Sci-Port, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Booker-Fowler Fish Hatchery, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

  • Application of technology in data analysis and research

  • Discussion of ethical, political, and historical issues surrounding science topics

  • Current events in science: close reads and seminar discussion of journal articles on science topics in the news

 

SPANISH

Pre-Primary - Spanish 

3-6 Year old

Under construction. Please check back for more information. 

 

Lower Elementary - Spanish 

6-9 Year old

Under Construction. Please check back for more information. 

 

Upper Elementary - Spanish 

9-12 Year old

Small group instruction 30 minutes twice each week
Listen and respond through vocabulary
Oral and hands on practice with vocabulary
Games in Spanish such as Uno, Go Fish and Twister
Cultural knowledge exercises for special events such as Día de los Muertos
Bilingual reading of familiar children's books such as Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat
Vocab Topics:

  • Introductions, greetings, names and get to know you information

  • Alphabet

  • Colors

  • Numbers

  • Days of the week

  • Months of the year

  • Seasons

  • Birthdays

  • Animals

  • Sports

  • Family

  • House and home

  • Weather

  • Telling time and date

  • The body

  • School

  • Feelings

  • City and places

  • Transportation

  • Occupations

  • Technology

  • Hobbies

  • Earth and outdoors

 

Middle School - Spanish 

12-14 Year old

Students explore five components of the Spanish language: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Direct instruction happens twice a week, with scheduled individual tutoring happening once a week.
Students go on field trips to enjoy real world application of their Spanish learning.


Listen and respond through vocabulary
Oral and hands on practice with vocabulary
Games in Spanish such as Uno, Go Fish and Twister
Vocab Topics:

  • Introductions, greetings, names and get to know you information

  • Alphabet

  • Subject pronouns

  • Question words

  • Adjectives

  • Verbs

  • Restaurant and food

  • The body

  • Clothing

  • Shopping and numbers to 1,000,000

  • This, these, that and those

  • house and home

  • Estar and locations

  • Useful phrases

  • Places around the city

  • Sports

  • Family

  • Culture Topics:

  • Cultural knowledge exercises for special events such as Día de los Muertos

  • Spanish-speaking country exploration

  • Grammar Topics:

  • Gender and number of nouns and their adjectives

  • Conjugating regular -ar/ -er/ -ir verbs

  • Sentence structure

  • Ser and estar

  • Definite and indefinite articles

  • Present progressive & present participle

  • Querer, gustar, jugar, llevar

  • Simple future verb tense

Spanish I high school credit is available for 8th grade students who show interest and developmental readiness.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Toddler, Pre-Primary, and Lower Elementary 

21 Months - 9 Year old

While technology was not a part of Dr. Montessori’s curriculum when it was developed over 100 years ago, today it has become an important tool in the lives of our students. Our goal is to educate children so that they reach their inherent potential and prepare our students for life; therefore, it is incumbent upon us to review technology as a tool in the Montessori classroom.  

 
Students at the 0-3, 3-6 and 6-9 levels are developing skills critical to healthy brain function, such as eye-hand coordination, motor planning, memory, and understanding the nuances of non-verbal cues. All of these skills are best mastered through real and concrete learning experiences. In addition, the young child learns best when all senses are engaged in learning and experiences are both real and reciprocal in nature. For these reasons, use of technology is not used much in the classroom until students reach the 9-12 level when technology is fully embraced as an effective teaching, research, and presentation tool.
 

 

Upper Elementary - Technology 

9-12 Year old

At this level, students develop and master terminology and identification of key hardware components. Teachers and children use technology as an extension of classroom resources and an avenue to practice and present skills learned in all areas of the curriculum.  


KEYBOARDING

  • Use of finger positioning in all letter rows

  • Refinement of skills with technology, punctuation, numbers, and symbols

  • Use of shortcut keys

  • Use of Mavis Beacon typing software  


WORD PROCESSING 

  • Introduction of basic word processing skills using Pages, Edmodo, and Google documents

  • Page and text formatting

  • Use of spell check software

  • Insertion of clip art

  • Copy and paste functions

  • Introduction to graphic effects and page layout

  • Formatting an outline  


PRESENTATIONS SKILLS

  • Introduction to presentation skills using Keynote and PowerPoint

  • Creation of basic slideshows using themes and layout options

  • Slideshow customization using colors, effects, text formatting and clip art


INTERNET AND MEDIA

  • Personal and private information online

  • Review of browser and internet vocabulary 

  • Use of various search engines in research

  • Using keywords effectively

  • Website evaluation strategies

  • Introduction to video production using iMovie

  • Introduction to audio creation and production using Garageband 

 

INTERNET SAFETY AND MEDIA LITERACY

  • Introduction to Digital Literacy and Citizenship using Common Sense Media curriculum

  • Privacy and security

  • Cyberbullying

  • Creative credit and copyright

  • Self-image and identity 

  • Digital footprint and reputation

  • Advertising in media

  • Social media – stereotypes and communication

  • Technology and distractedness

 

PROGRAMMING

  • Hour of Code

  • Introduction to MIT's Scratch programming language

  • Mindstorm Lego Robotics

  • Sphero programming

  • Khan Academy

 

Middle School - Technology 

12-14 Year old

Technology enhances the Middle School curriculum by allowing teachers to present material in diverse and interactive ways while simultaneously giving students the chance to demonstrate their comprehension and knowledge through many different platforms.  It allows students to gain a broader, deeper and clearer understanding of curriculum. After learning the basics of technology in Upper Elementary, the Middle School students put these skills to use. The classroom has available laptops and iPads for students to use.   


Much of the work started in Upper Elementary continues in Middle School: lessons on internet safety, media literacy, graphics, and a wide variety of presentation skills.  


In addition, students learn:

  • Use of search engines

  • Online safety and etiquette

  • Google docs

  • Animoto 

  • Powerpoint presentations

  • Electronic portfolios

  • Blogs

  • goAnimate

  • Google Apps for Education

  • iMovie

  • Computer programming languages 

    • C++ (via Arduino)

    • Python

  • code.org (JAVA)

  • Development of interactive circuits using the Arduino microcontroller 

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MUSIC

Toddler - Music

21-36 Months

Music is introduced at this level in stimulating and creative ways in small groups. The goals of the music curriculum foster self-expression and refinement of the senses.

Music activities include:

  • Singing songs

  • Listening to music

  • Exploration with musical instruments

 

Pre-Primary - Music

3-6 Year old

Music appreciation continues at the 3-6 level through both creative opportunities and through formal lessons. Music is offered through singing songs, listening to a variety of music, and more formal lessons are introduced through the bells and other rhythm instruments. Students at this level participate and perform in the “End of the Year Program” by singing a few songs incorporated with a few movements.

Field Trips: 3rd year students (Kindergartners) visit The Strand Theatre to view a few short musicals.

Music Activities Include:

  • Rhythm

    • Beat/No beat

    • Beat/Rhythm

    • Fast/Slow

    • Long/Short

    • Ta/Ti-Ti/Sh

    • 2/4 Time

  • Melody

    • Pitch Exploration

    • High/Low

    • Melodic Contour

    • So/Mi/La

  • Form

    • Same/Different

    • Phrase

    • AB

    • ABA

  • Texture/Harmony​

    • Unison

    • Solo/Group

    • Melody/Accompaniment

    • Rhythmic Ostinato

  • Timbre

    • Voices: Speak, sing, whisper, call

    • Unpitched percussion

    • Tone Chimes

    • Boom whackers

  • Expression​

    • Loud/Soft

    • Forte/Piano

  • Skills

    • Pitch matching

    • Solfege

    • Stick notation

    • Body movement

  • Book

    • Jammin’ in the Jungle

 
 

Lower Elementary - Music

6-9 Year old

Students at this level participate and perform in the “End of the Year Program” by singing a few songs and choreographed dancing or playing an instrument.

Music Activities Include:

  • Rhythm

    • Quarter Note/Rest

    • Half Note/Rest

    • Whole Note/Rest

    • Strong/Weak Beats

    • 4/4 Time

  • Melody​

    • Do/Re

    • High Do

    • Low So/Low La

    • Pentatonic Scale

    • Step/Skip

    • Staff

    • Treble Clef

  • Form

    • Introduction/Coda

    • Interlude

    • Repeat

    • Double Bar Line

    • Question/Answer

    • Call/Response

  • Texture/Harmony​

    • Melodic​

    • Ostinato

    • 2 Part Rhythmic patterns

    • Borduns:

      • Chord, level, broken​

  • Timbre

    • Unpitched/Pitched Percussion

    • Orff Instrument:

      • Xylophone

      • Metallophones

      • Glockenspiels

  • Expression​​

    • Louder/Softer

    • Crescendo/Decrescendo

    • Accent

    • Tremolo

  • Skills

    • Solfege

    • Staff Notation

    • Orff performing

    • Folk Songs

  • Book

    • Interactive Folk Songs, Mallet Madness

 

Upper Elementary - Music

9-12 Year old

Students at this level participate and perform in the “End of the Year Program” by singing a few songs and choreographed dancing or playing an instrument.

Field Trips/Experiences: Shreveport Opera Express company comes to school.

Music Activities Include:

  • Rhythm

    • Duple/Triple Meter

    • 3/4 Time

    • Dotted Notes

    • 8th Note/Rest

    • 16th Note

  • Melody

    • Fa/Ti​

    • Major (ionian) Scale

    • Pitch Names

  • Form

    • Rondo

    • Verse/Chorus

    • Solo/Group

  • Texture/Harmony​

    • 3 part rhythmic patterns

    • Canon

    • Chords

  • Timbre

    • Chest Voice/Head Voice

    • Changed Voices/Unchanged Voices

  • Expression​

    • Legato/Staccato

    • Marcato

    • Dynamics: pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff

    • Fermata

  • Skills

    • Musical

    • Ukulele

  • Book

    • All About Music, Wright! Celebration of Flight

Middle School - Music

12-14 Year old

The Middle School students further develop the skills and techniques learned in their elementary experience. They are introduced to more advanced techniques and more sophisticated approaches.

Field Studies/Experiences: Shreveport Opera Express company comes to school for presentations and question & answer sessions. Middle school students choreograph and perform various talents at the annual Variety Show. Show performances have included violin, piano, singing, Bollywood dance, fencing demonstrations, light show dances, and more. 

Music Activities Include:

  • Rhythm

    • 6/8 Time

    • Synco pation

    • Triplet

    • Compound Meters

  • Melody

    • Sharp/Flat​

    • Major/Minor

    • Key Signature​

  • Form

    • Theme and Variation

    • 1st and 2nd ending

    • Da Capo el Fine

  • Texture/Harmony​

    • Chord progressions

    • Descant

    • Arpeggios

  • Timbre

    • Chest Voice/Head Voice

    • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

  • Skills

    • Talent Show

    • Ukulele

  • Book

    • Rockin' Poppin' Classroom

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ART

 

Pre-Primary - Art

3-6 Year old

Art appreciation continues at the 3-6 level through both creative opportunities and through formal lessons. The art materials offered allow students to explore and work at their own pace, using a variety of media to stimulate choice and innovation.

Art exercises include:

  • Exploring and Creating

    • exploration and creative                                                                                                                                    expression are fostered                                                                                                                                    through various media                                                                                                                                    available in the classroom:

      • Coloring

      • Drawing

      • Painting at an easel

      • Watercolor painting

      • Clay/Sculpture

      • Collage

      • Sewing

      • Weaving

  • Appreciation

    • Children are encouraged to look at their own work and appreciate the art works of known artists as well.

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Toddler - Art

21-36 Month

Art is introduced at this level in stimulating and creative ways, both in small groups and individual lessons. The goals of the art curriculum are to foster self-expression, concentration, development of gross/fine motors skills, and refinement of the senses.

Art exercises include:

  • Painting: watercolor (fine motor) and easel (large motor)

  • Drawing

  • Gluing

  • Cutting

  • Clay work

  • Threading

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Lower Elementary  - Art

6-9 Year old

Art is incorporated in many other areas of the classroom. Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively through the arts. Dr. Montessori recognized the importance of the hand-brain connection and its positive impact on learning. Our students have access to an open studio for ceramics and classroom instruction and materials.

In Lower Elementary, the curriculum builds upon the three areas of art: Aesthetics, Creative Expression, and Art History, previously introduced in Pre-Primary.

Aesthetics:

  • Identification of visual elements

  • Observations in the environment

Creative Expression

  • Acquisition of basic skills using art media for drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture

  • Artistic interpretation based on imagination and personal interpretations.

  • Intentional choices of lines, colors, and other visual elements

  • Creation of two- and three- dimensional art

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Upper Elementary - Art

9-12 Year old

The upper Elementary-aged student is developmentally ready to delve deeper into the arts curriculum. Children develop greater fine motor skills which enable them to learn and apply a variety of art techniques. The students use a variety of art media to broaden their learning and share their finished work. The arts aid in the development of self-esteem through increased skills and means of self-expression.

Students in the 9-12 level continue to explore art concepts and techniques studied in the 6-9 level but in greater depth.

Aesthetics

  • Increased awareness of subtle visual qualities in the natural and constructed environment and artwork

  • Application and refinement of perceptual skills developed in earlier grades

  • Identification and analysis of more subtle and complex visual relationships, including light, color, texture, form, proportion, space, distance, and balance

Creative Expression

  • Creation of more complex works with greater attention to expressive intentions

  • Use of design concepts for specific purposes

Art History

  • Study of select styles, historical eras, and specific artists

Art Criticism

  • Perception and description of the subject matter, including visual elements, and mood

  • Expression of opinions about art with thoughtful response to others' opinions

  • Students see and discuss styles and types of artwork from varied cultures and periods

 

Middle School - Art

12-15 Year old

The middle school student begins to hone in on acquired skills through 5 week cycles with local artists such as a Master Potter, Professional Photographer, and an expert in value & shading.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Toddler - Physical Education

21-36 Months Old

Children at this age need many opportunities to learn how to move their bodies and work towards refinement of large muscle control and small muscle control, with the goal of attaining more coordinated movements, independence, and confidence.

LARGE MOVEMENT EXERCISES:

  • Dance

  • Walking across a balance beam

  • Carrying heavy objects

  • Walking carefully around the classroom                                                                                                                      and work spaces

FINE MOTOR MOVEMENTS

  • Various activities exercising pincer grasp

  • Squeezing works exercising whole hand

Pre-Primary - Physical Education

3-6 Years Old

At the Pre-Primary level, children continue to be given numerous opportunities for movement throughout the day. They are given the experiences to develop and refine their movements in the classroom and at the playground on a daily basis.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES OF REFINE CONTROL OF MOVEMENT

  • “The Line” in the classroom allows the children to practice control of various movements such as hopping, balancing, galloping, marching/walking in different directions, starting/stopping on command.

  • In small or large group gatherings, children may explore rhythm in relation to physical education through clapping and moving to a specific beat.

  • Children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills through various curricular areas in the classroom.

 

Lower Elementary - Physical Education

6-9 Years Old

This class focuses on learning how to move through space in a coordinated manner that is appropriate for this level. All students participate in co-operative group play that encourages team building, rules of games, while improving the student's confidence and motor skills. 

 

Movement Skills & Movement Knowledge:

  • Move in different directions at various speeds.

  • Locomotor Skills such as hopping, galloping, walking, running and skipping. 

  • Demonstrate body movement at different levels, such as, balancing, dodging while moving, rolling, tossing and catching, and stationary kicking skills.

  • Combine basic skills into sequential actions; combining ball handling with walking or jogging.

  • Skills to develop endurance, strength and flexibility.

 

Self-Image, Personal, and Social Development:

  • Learn the importance of health wellness and daily physical activity.

  • Students learn a sense of teamwork while helping and supporting their peers.

 

Upper Elementary - Physical Education 

9-12 Years Old

Students learn team sport skills while also developing speed, strength and flexibility. PE focuses on the importance of team work and camaraderie. The goal is for all students to develop a sense of confidence and build positive self esteem, while learning how to be physically active. 

 

Movement Skills & Movement Knowledge:

  • Throw and catch with increasing accuracy.

  • Master basic skills: dodge, roll, catch, throw and kick

  • Engage in cooperative group activities, as well as competitive organized games

 

Middle School - Physical Education

12-14 Years Old

Activities rotate each year.

2018-19 school year activities include Sailing, Tennis, Basketball, Water Sports, and Fitness.

 

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

This enrichment program seeks to foster a lifelong relationship between students and the natural world. These outdoor experiences also serve to support core curriculum taught in the classroom, assist childhood development, and create a desire to work with others towards a healthier planet. To accomplish these goals, a teaching approach called place-based education (PBE) is used. PBE helps students understand and relate to the larger environment by encouraging discovery in their immediate surroundings first. As a result, those who benefit from the sense that they belong to a particular “place” will be more likely to act on its behalf.

 

MSS students are fortunate to have access to lots of green space. Outdoor education classes make use of the Outdoor Classroom, school gardens, and The Coates Bluff Nature Trail. Certified as a “wildlife habitat,” the Outdoor Classroom allows students to choose from a variety of individual hands-on lessons, participate in group activities, or simply enjoy being outside. It is also the main collection point for our school-wide recycling program. Our school gardens include raised beds, compost bins, and a 1200 sq. ft. vegetable garden.

Together, these serve as outdoor laboratories for growing food and flowers to feed the child’s mind, body, and spirit, creating a better world (2008 vision statement). Our school is also adjacent to undeveloped land that has great historical and ecological value. This area includes the site of some of the earliest European settlements in northwest Louisiana, as well as a wetland and other remnants from an old river system still rich in flora and fauna native to the Red River region. MSS students currently enjoy taking interpretive walks on a growing network of trails and working alongside volunteers in an effort to protect this precious resource.  We look forward to expanding our “classroom” even more as we look for additional field trip and service-learning opportunities in our local community.

Outdoor education curriculum at MSS focuses on environmental stewardship, local history and ecology, and outdoor skills. We recognize the value of nurturing a sense of familiarity, appreciation, and self‐discovery by facilitating time spent in nature. Students at the 3‐6, E1, and E2 level spend 40min. ‐ 1 hr. each week immersed (weather permitting) in one or more of our outdoor teaching environments. These include the Outdoor Classroom, school garden and grounds, and the Coates Bluff Nature Trail (located across the street).

Pre-Primary - Outdoor Education 

3-6 Years Old

Pre‐primary students spend time each week in the Outdoor Classroom, a certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation. Here students choose (after a short, seasonally inspired group lesson) from a number of individual lessons, such as: hammering, watering, “digging‐hole,” “mud kitchen,” reel mowing, aluminum can recycling, eggshell crushing, vermicomposting, bird watching and feeding, shelter construction, litter abatement, gardening, and exploring the classroom environment. Time is also spent exploring the school garden and grounds, as well as, the Coates Bluff Nature Trail. This trail connects MSS students and their families to an area of outstanding historical, ecological, and recreational significance. Guided trail walks through this riparian ecosystem offer a unique inner‐city experience.

Benefits

• Self‐discovery

• Personal safety

• Sensorial development

• Physical and mental health

• Interconnection between school and home environment

 
 

Lower/Upper Elementary - Outdoor Education 

6-12 Years Old

Lower and upper elementary students make use of the same outdoor teaching environments with increased guided discovery, as well as, integration with their indoor classroom studies and home environment. E2 students begin to demonstrate motivation towards stewardship as a result of increased familiarity and appreciation of the natural world.

Lessons & Activities

• Zero‐waste practices

• Watershed protection

• Local history, flora, fauna

Horticulture

• Nature observation and reflection

• Leadership and safety

• Field trips

Benefits

• Physical and mental health

• Increased creativity

• Place‐based/experiential education

• Awareness of interconnectivity

Middle School - Outdoor Education 

12-14 Years Old

After years of immersion in the local and natural environment, students are compelled to put knowledge and their own growing desire for purposeful work into action. Service‐learning and passion projects provide opportunities to integrate more fully with their surrounding community.

Benefits

• Self‐esteem

• Sense of place and belonging

• Community building

• Stewardship

 

Main Campus

2605 C.E. Galloway Blvd.

Shreveport, LA 71104

Tel: (318) 861-6777

Fax: (318) 865-5793

South Campus

2131 Woodberry Ave.

Shreveport, LA 71106

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