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Farmington Valley Academy Montessori students at work in the classrom

Farmington Valley Academy Montessori students at Winding Trails

Farmington Valley Academy Montessori


 

Farmington Valley Academy Montessori

The elementary curriculum builds on the academic foundation and social skills established in the primary program. The classroom is a carefully prepared environment, designed to facilitate abstract learning for students in first through sixth grade. The curriculum endeavors to at least meet and generally exceed grade level requirements pursuant to the State of Connecticut. In addition, each student is encouraged to pursue areas of independent work and study.  Students continue to experience the advantage of working together in a multi - age environment. The teacher guides the child’s intellectual growth with the aid of the Montessori didactic materials, which are available to the students for their continued use. The curriculum is based on four key areas – language, math, cultural studies and the arts.

The language area develops reading skills and reading comprehension strategies. The curriculum includes literature discussion groups, vocabulary development and the study of grammar and spelling. Writing skills are developed through the teaching and use of the writing process. All areas of writing are addressed including; expository, creative, persuasive, research, and poetry. The study of Spanish and Latin are important parts of the language program. 

The study of math focuses on building a strong foundation in the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Older Students study fractions, decimals, squaring, cubing, the order of operations, the powers of numbers, and positive and negative integers. Word problems are an integral part of the math program. Didactic materials continue to be used in the teaching of mathematical concepts. These promote a deep understanding of each idea so that students are well prepared to think and reason. Geometry is also included in the math studies. Each student learns to identify shapes and angles and is introduced to the calculation of perimeter, area, surface area and volume. 

Cultural studies, includes the disciplines of science, geography and history. Science topics present the study of our earth, air, water, the development of life and an introduction to botany, biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. The geography curriculum includes an in depth study of each continent, its countries, regions, physical geography, language, culture, economy, government and history. The area of history includes a broad study of the history of man on earth with a concentration on each major human civilization. American history is a particular area of focus.

Areas of special work include computer instruction in keyboarding, word processing and power point. The creative arts are both integrated into the student’s classroom work as well as offered by teachers, expert in their field of specialty. Instruction includes exposure to the principles of drawing, painting, sculpture, clay work, as well as the study of particular artists. Physical education is planned in 5-6 week segments and includes off site programming such as skating, hockey, soccer, and baseball.  The Academy also offers a music and theater arts program, which includes voice lessons, chorus, theatre, music history and poetry.   There are two yearly theater productions, a fall black box presentation and a spring main stage performance.  Children are invited to perform in recitals twice yearly.  Professional performing artists visit The Academy to perform for the children throughout the year.  

Farmington Valley Academy Montessori students