Lower Elementary

Students Finding Joy in Learning

Welcome

Westmont’s Lower Elementary Grade 1-3 Montessori program is the perfect next step for students who have completed the Early Years program or new students who transition relatively easily.

Society doesn’t give children enough credit for how capable they are. Because our students choose what to work on, within boundaries, they are typically totally engaged and focussed on their work. Only a little guidance is required. Typically no discipline is necessary! It’s so incredible to watch calm, focused elementary students independently complete a 10 subject weekly work plan!

Westmont Lower Elementary exceeds all British Columbia curriculum requirements and you’ll find that development of the whole child far exceeds a conventional school model, public or private.

Stories from Lower Elementary

The Montessori Elementary Model

Montessori instruction requires the active personal pursuit of many different experiences: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. The environment is carefully prepared so that the children can move independently from one area to another. Each room has a Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural and Art area. Freedom, independence, social development and academic learning are all important facets of the Montessori Method.

Montessori Method
Emphasis is on cognitive and social development
Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom
Environment and method encourage self-discipline
Mainly individual instruction
Mixed age grouping
Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other
Child chooses own work
Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials
Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project
Child sets own learning pace
Child spots own errors from feedback of material
Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success
Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration
Traditional Method
Emphasis is on cognitive development
Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”
Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline
Group and individual instruction
Same age grouping
Most teaching is done by the teacher
Curriculum is structured for the child
Child is guided to concepts by the teacher
Child is generally allotted specific time for work
Instruction pace is usually set by group norm
Errors usually are pointed out by the teacher
Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
Fewer materials for sensory development

10 Key Elements of Lower Elementary

Inspires students to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world

Begins the move from concrete learning toward abstract understanding

Integrates curriculum areas through the Montessori Great Stories

Students choose their work in the same manner they learned in the Early Primary program

Includes exploration days with activities such as cooking, sewing, drama, art and cultural experiences

Allows students to work at their own pace to practice and master goals, using an extensive selection of Montessori materials

Expects students to become increasingly responsible for their own learning

Individual and small group presentations are given by teachers

Individualized work plans allow students to set goals, make appropriate choices, and use their time wisely

Specialty instruction in French, Art and Music

Inspires students to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world

Begins the move from concrete learning toward abstract understanding

Integrates curriculum areas through the Montessori Great Stories

Students choose their work in the same manner they learned in the Early Primary program

Includes exploration days with activities such as cooking, sewing, drama, art and cultural experiences

Allows students to work at their own pace to practice and master goals, using an extensive selection of Montessori materials

Begins the move from concrete learning toward abstract understanding

Individual and small group presentations are given by teachers

Individualized work plans allow students to set goals, make appropriate choices, and use their time wisely

Specialty instruction in French, Art and Music

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Tuition and Fees

The following gives the fee structure for the Elementary program. Fees can be paid on an annual OR monthly basis. For full admissions details on the family bond, discounts available, withdrawal policy, please see our Admissions page.

Monthly Fees

$737

Other Monthly Fees

Capital Fee (per Family) – $34.17

Before and After School Care (if used) – $2.25 per 1/4 hour

School Supply – $6.20

Sibling Discount

TBA

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