It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.
- Maria Montessori
Our elementary program is designed to meet the needs of each individual child. As the child passes from the primary classroom to the elementary classroom, they become more social beings. The Montessori classroom enables these new stages of development in the child to flourish. The Montessori child is given more responsibility for their learning. They learn to manage their time, meet deadlines and work in a free non-threatening environment. The guide is there to assist and provide the experiences needed to enhance the child’s learning.
The elementary classrooms are multi-age classrooms. This type of grouping creates a highly enriched learning environment. Younger children are constantly stimulated by the interesting work that the older ones are engaged in. Older students, in turn, serve as tutors and role models for the younger ones, which helps them in their own mastery (we learn things best of all when we teach them to someone else). Another benefit to a multi-age classroom is the uninterrupted student-guide relationship.
Part of the social life of the Montessori child is defined by the fact that students can move around. They don’t sit at a desk all day long. Students work by themselves and with their peers. They help each other master skills and research needed information.
The goal at Kenmont is to teach the students to think for themselves. To “learn how to learn.” This in turn produces students who are resourceful individuals. They are encouraged to do their own research, analyze what they have found, and come to their own conclusions. Our students learn to think, not simply memorize facts.
Peace education is a cornerstone of Montessori education. Maria Montessori believed that it was our responsibility to teach our students (the adults of tomorrow) peace practices and resolutions to promote peace and harmony for the future. Students throughout their elementary years learn how to handle various social situations and to resolve conflicts amongst themselves.
The academic curriculum is composed of three components; presentation of concepts, review of basic skills, and research. The first component, presentation of concepts is done through a spiraling curriculum. The Montessori curriculum includes; math, reading, literature, grammar, geography, history, science and writing. The second component is the daily review of basic skills. Students are expected to complete a weekly contract set up by the guide and the student. The contract includes basic skills and review of concepts presented. The last component is research. Students practice being responsible and resourceful scholars by actively researching topics assigned or of interest to them.
According to the book The Best Schools by Thomas Armstrong,two developmentally appropriate programs for elementary children are Montessori education and the MicroSociety model.
Kenmont is in its eleventh year of implementing the MicroSociety model. Students in grades 1st through 6th grade participate weekly in this simulated society were learning experiences are authentic and interconnected to the real world. By following the guiding principles of the MicroSociety organization, student are able to find meaning and relevance in their environment. Kenmontville is our thriving MicroSociety. It is lead by an elected student government. Students have the opportunity to apply, submit resumes and interview for a job at Kenmontville.
MicroSociety also teaches students work ethics and money management. These experiences in turn help them have a better understanding of the real world.
2734 North Coria St.
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone (956) 542-0500