CASCADIA SCHOOL ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

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MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AT CASCADIA

The elementary years are a period of tremendous intellectual activity and interest during which students actively question every part of life and culture. The Cascadia Montessori elementary curriculum accommodates this innate intellectual interest and motivate students to pursue and express their interests in all subject areas. The Cascadia elementary curriculum encompasses introductory and in-depth work and exploration in language, mathematics, music, zoology, botany, geography, art, and drama.

 

Classroom Community

The elementary student, with their emerging social consciousness, is learning to be both an individual and an integral part of a larger group. At Cascadia this awareness is addressed through small group lessons and projects; collaborative experiences between peers and teachers at every level; individual and group decision-making opportunities regarding class work and community issues; and participation in conflict resolution activities. Encouraging students to participate in meaningful group decisions fosters a sense of belonging and fans a desire to participate in a larger community. This process is further developed through the multi-year tenure that students experience in each level. The levels of Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary each encompass a three year span (first through third year students, and fourth through sixth, respectively), while Middle School encompasses a span of seventh and eighth year students. Leadership and team building skills develop naturally in a multi-grade environment.

Beyond the Classroom

The Montessori elementary classroom cannot contain within its four walls all that students need and desire to know. In-class activities motivate students to continue their learning and growth through small and large group experiences outside of school. These outside experiences, or “Going-Outs,” occur throughout the year and include nature studies and hiking excursions, cultural events, small group research excursions (library, museums, etc.) and an extended (2-4 day) Spring trip to a regional science field camp.

“Our family has found so much value in being part of the Cascadia community! The teachers are accessible and very in tune with the kids and their development while providing the resources for exceptional learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“I love the way they work with the children and nurture a child's love of learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”

- Maria Montessori

“A safe and happy place to get a good education. They make learning fun. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”

- Maria Montessori

“The mixed aged classrooms are an incredible experience for all involved. There is so much each child can learn from one another and they stay with the same teachers for three years, creating a true understanding and bond. My child calls her class her second family. We couldn't imagine a better learning environment if we tried!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

- Maria Montessori

“My children enjoy school, have gained confidence and learned a wealth of information and skills with very little stress. That is how learning should be!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: ‘Help me to do it alone.’”

- Maria Montessori

“My son has spent the past 8 years learning and growing at Cascadia. He hasn’t just learned the basics (math, English, science, history). He has also learned how to work with others, how to mentor younger students, and how to be a role model. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

- Maria Montessori

“Our daughter was at Cascadia from 1st-8th grade. She took on challenges and persevered with support and guidance while at the same time, allowed to make her own decisions. We couldn't have asked for a better education in preparing her for high school, life skills and beyond.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Both boys have blossomed in this environment, both educationally and as thoughtful, courteous and kind young men. The parent community is very close and supportive -- kind of like an extended family -- and there to help whenever the need arises. Our experiences at Cascadia have been extremely positive for our whole family.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

- Maria Montessori

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