The exercises in Practical Life are the
heart of Montessori
children wash tables, pour liquids, polish
silver, sweep and
dust, they are developing
the inner aptitudes of calmness, order,
coordination, and fine motor
Also, through the process of learning to
own needs, to take care of the
classroom environment, and to
helping others, children in Montessori
programs begin to develop
self-confidence, and self-respect.
Children learn to assemble, disassemble,
and reassemble certain learning tools. This
gives them practice
in higher order thinking
skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
to mature questioning, research and
true creativity when they reassemble in new
ways. The youngest children in the environ-
ment catch the
enthusiasm of the older ones
as they make their discoveries and reach
for more sophisticated materials, all the while
enjoying their own pursuits and games.
The Montessori Language Arts curriculum is
designed to enhance
the students' skills in read-
ing, comprehension, writing and speaking and
provide connections with history, literature,
science, math, and
The Montessori Mathematics program consists of
sequential exercises beginning with more concrete
lessons and moving into the highly abstract.
One fundamental goal of Montessori education is to
stimulate the child's reasoning
ability by develop-
ing the mathematical mind. The math presentations
the use of concrete materials to be man-
ipulated and explored until the
child reaches the
point of understanding.
In addition to the core curriculum, your child will be
engaged in activities that instill a lifelong love of sciences,
history, cultures and the arts. Our school will be infused
with music of many varieties and peoples. Each year,
geography is studied in depth. Students learn about physical
and political geography, people and flags of distant countries,
and the cultural similarities that unite all people. Music, art,
architecture, and food are all part of the experience. Science
lessons allow children to explore the world around them.
They are taught the scientific method and explore questions
like Sink or Float? and Which liquid has greater density?
Students conduct experiments that put their learning into
practice, and help them answer their questions about the world
in which they live. They learn about astronomy, the class
-ification of animals, parts of plants, leaves, and flowers, and
the parts of the body.
We adhere to the Louisiana Department of Education standards and expectations for
each grade level. The following is a breakdown by discipline:
Kindergarten uses Balanced Literacy, and grades 1-4 use common core-aligned Pearson Reading Street.
Grades 5-8 reading classes revolve around novel units inspired by the state-suggested content which is adjusted
based on each individual student’s needs and abilities.
In Kindergarten-2nd grade, grammar is imbedded in reading units. 3rd-5th grades use Houghton-Mifflin, and
6th-8th grades use Prentice Hall.
K-2nd grade utilize Singapore Math and Calendar Math. 3rd-8th grades utilize Math in Focus texts from
Kindergarteners study science in thematic units. 1st-8th grades use Pearson Interactive Science. 3rd-8th grades
use a mixture of textbooks, online resources, and hands-on experiments. We currently hold a Science Fair for
4th-8th grades every other year which allows for students to move on to Regional and State Science Fair competitions.
Social Studies and History
Kindergarten Social Studies is also in the format of thematic units based on state standards. 1st-5th grades use
Pearson Social Studies curriculum based on grade level. Pearson is also used for 6th and 7th grades. 6th grade
studies early World History, 7th grade studies American History, and 8th grade studies Louisiana History. 3rd-8th
Social Studies are also a mixture of textbook and online activities. We hold a Social Studies Fair for 4th-8th grades
alternating with Science Fair. Students may have the opportunity to move on to Regional and State Social Studies
In addition to the four core subjects, we provide instruction in Spelling (Words Their Way curriculum) and structured
Physical Education classes in 6th-8th grade.