9-12 year-olds and 6-9 year-olds learn similarly, with the 9-12 year-olds getting into more complexity and depth. Therefore, the goals and curriculum of these two groups are similar, and often these age groups work together, or with the same materials.
The goal of the 9-12 curriculum is to encourage a child’s imagination and to use the Montessori idea of individual, self-paced work to support their curiosity, not stifle them with just sitting and listening.
We teach all the usual subjects you’d expect in fourth through sixth grade. However, the individual/self-pace idea allows practice in clear thinking, doing their research, expressing themselves both verbally and in writing, and going from exploring a subject to practical application.
This age is where the Montessori idea of three-hour time blocks to work on a project, and of keeping the child with the same teacher for three years benefits the child. Children build a rapport with the teacher, and the teachers make an understanding of the child’s needs and learning style.
We watch them develop inquiring minds and questioning natures. We watch them look past “pat” answers and reach for understanding and reasoning. We watch them figure out how interconnected and interdependent the world is, which bolsters their respect for their environment and for all life itself.
In Language Arts, we work on reading skills and literature, and on writing skills and poetry and written compositions. We work on sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
We work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, geometry, beginning algebra, square roots, cubing, as well as math-related life skills like telling time, working with money and balancing a checkbook.
We work in the sciences, chemistry, botany, zoology, history, functional geography, social studies, computers, art, drama, and movement. We round them out with separate additional classes in music (Suzuki's voice), art instruction, gymnastics and piano lessons. additional class info & costs
Besides the life skills woven into the math lessons, we work on ironing, sewing a button, quilting, crocheting, knitting, grocery shopping, etc.
We work on manners and respecting each other’s space every day in all classes. We work on “please,” “thank you,” “no, thank you,” “you’re welcome,” etc.