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Lower Elementary (Ages 6-9)

The Lower Elementary program builds on the knowledge, skills, independence, and esteem that students have developed in the Children’s House. Having acquired the foundation of basic language, reading, writing, mathematical and cultural skills, students are ready to explore the universe. Lower Elementary classes continue to bring children of different ages (6-9) together, allowing students to grow into peer leaders. Children also continue to progress at their own pace, exploring mathematics, science, anthropology, civics and the basic organization of human societies. Language work covers word study, parts of speech, grammar, sentence analysis, creative and expository writing, and library research. In math, students progress from using concrete materials to performing abstract operations, developing a thorough comprehension of mathematical concepts and processes. Thai language and culture also continue as an important part of the program. Foreign students study Thai as a Second Language, and native Thai speakers carry on with more in depth study of the language. During the week students have focused work periods for lessons in Thai language, culture, art, drama and physical education.

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Upper Elementary (Ages 9-12)

The Upper Elementary students are concerned with the workings of society. To meet their needs, the curriculum for the 9 to 12 year old is based on history, geography, and science – what Dr. Montessori grouped as the cultural subjects. Each student works individually to master language skills and mathematics while studying the cultural areas as a group, a structure which facilitates both independent study and group work. During the school week, elementary students have work periods focused on art, Thai language, and Physical Education. Senior Upper Elementary children in our program are prepared to graduate and go on to a variety of educational programs.