Lower Elementary

Students Finding Joy in Learning


“Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment.”
Maria Montessori

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Westmont’s Lower Elementary Montessori Program is the perfect next step for students who have completed the Early Years Montessori program, building upon the methods used in that program. That being said, students new to the Montessori environment will find the transition into the program relatively easy given the intuitive nature of the learning method and hands on materials. A Lower Elementary class consists of the mixed age group of Grades 1-3. The program meets and exceeds all the British Columbia required curriculum including core and curricular competencies. 


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Stories from Lower Elementary

Stuart was working on a quiz to test his knowledge of singular and plural – a part of the curriculum that is usually tackled in a later Grade. The first time through he felt he wasn’t as successful as he would like. His teachers offered him the chance to put it aside until he is older. No, not content to take this option, and fired up by the challenge, Stuart worked independently to master this task. When he next took the quiz, he scored twenty-seven out of twenty-eight – all through his own endeavor and commitment.
lower elementary working on grammar symbols

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

Traditional Method

Emphasis is on cognitive and social development

Emphasis is on cognitive development

Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom

Teacher is center of classroom as "controller"

Environment and method encourage self-discipline

Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline

Mainly individual instruction

Group and individual instruction

Mixed age grouping

Same age grouping

Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other

Most teaching is done by the teacher

Child chooses own work

Curriculum is structured for the child

Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials

 Child is guided to concepts by the teacher

Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project

Child is generally allotted specific time for work

Child sets own learning pace

Instruction pace is usually set by group norm

Child spots own errors from feedback of material

Errors usually are pointed out by the teacher

Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success

Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards

Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration

Fewer materials for sensory development

10 Key Elements of Lower Elementary

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

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

Expects students to become increasingly responsible for their own learning

Integrates curriculum areas through the Montessori Great Stories

Individual and small group presentations are given by teachers

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

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

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

Specialty instruction in French, Art and Music

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

$779

Monthly Tuition Installments are paid July 2020 to June 2021

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