“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming Imagination.”

-Maria Montessori

Who is the 6- to 9-year-old?
From first grade through third grade, children are excited and ready to learn. Having reached a stage of physical stability, they enter into the age of reasoning and logic. Their imaginations are strong, and they are able to learn and think about things that they cannot see or touch. Lower Elementary children are interested in exploring not only their immediate surroundings, but in knowing and understanding the bigger world.
Social development and intellectual independence
Where the younger child is gaining physical independence, the elementary child is working on intellectual independence. The Lower Elementary child is also becoming very social by being with friends and working out issues of friendship. The appropriate behavior for groups becomes very important.
Montessori developmental stage: The Intellectual Period
Dr. Montessori referred to this stage as the Intellectual Period. She saw this stage as a critical time for expansive education, giving the children lessons and questions to guide their explorations of culture, science, mathematics, language, and social rules and morals.
To this end, the Papillon Montessori Lower Elementary classrooms are exciting and busy places. The passion for learning is palpable, as the children delve into the many lessons available to them. They work both in groups and individually, learning to manage group dynamics, while they also master academic skills.

1st, 2nd & 3rd grade elementary students:

  • Devote more and more time to reading, writing and research
  • Memorize math facts and internalize math concepts
  • Move from the concrete to the abstract
  • Work through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions and geometry
  • Explore world geography through research, puzzles, and map making
  • Study Ancient, World, and American Civilizations
  • Speak, read, write, and sing in Spanish
  • Enjoy a robust arts program with visual arts, drama, music, and dance
  • Stay fit through physical education, athletics, and team sports
  • Continue to grow as confident, respectful individuals with a genuine love of learning

Imagination. Socialization.
Our Lower Elementary program supports academic experience, exploration, and individual progress, while providing for the social and imaginative development so vital to children 6-9 years old.
Independence. Exploration.
Age-appropriate time management skills are integrated into the curriculum. The value of work is not so much determined by results as by the process the child has used to attain the result.
It is the journey, not the destination, that matters most.
How do parents track their children's progress?
At Papillon Montessori, we value academic, social, and practical skills. While high standards are upheld in all areas, a love of learning for its own sake is essential to our school's philosophy.

  • Our Elementary curriculum is not graded. Instead, academic progress is observed according to a specific sequence of skills in each subject area.
  • Conferences are held two times per year to discuss your child's progress.
  • Teachers will always arrange a time to speak with you if you have any concerns.
  • Parent meetings and educational seminars that focus on Montessori education at each level of child development are an integral part of our school's culture.
  • Each year, elementary students, 6 to 8 years old (grades 1-3), take nationally recognized standardized tests. We view test results as one assessment tool, and they are to be considered as one piece of the entire body of a student's school work.

What are the results of the Lower Elementary program? 
Our Elementary students...

  • become confident, self-respecting individuals who possess a love of learning.
  • learn to initiate and complete work independent of constant teacher direction.
  • progress from concrete experiences to abstract awareness.
  • seek real understanding and study to learn, not simply to get good grades.
  • tend to be leaders, helpers, and creative thinkers, as well as problem solvers.
  • take responsibility for themselves and for each other.