Middle School: 7th to 8th grade
"Except for the first three years of life, there is no other time where growth is so noticeable, varied, and significant."
Adolescence entails a rapid physical and mental change expending much creative energy. At this time the social self emerges, not fully mature. His is an examination of social usefulness in the profoundest sense- the desire to contribute to human progress. It is a time to develop confidence and dignity; what Dr. Montessori called- faith in God and faith in oneself approaching the problems of love, occupation, and human cooperation. The adolescent’s overarching question is: who am I and how do I integrate into the larger picture of life.
The Montessori School of Anderson provides a challenging environment that meets the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual characteristics of this adolescent student. Middle School students explore an interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum in a multiage setting as they prepare themselves to make the transition into high school. Teachers serve as advisors as the students investigate history, religions and world cultures, literature, composition and vocabulary development; mathematics, including pre-algebra, algebra and geometry; earth science, physical science, and environmental science; language arts; communication; health; time management; study and research skills; music; art; physical education; computer/internet instruction; and a second language.
The course of study is a combination of textbooks, hands-on activities, Internet research, and personal experiences. The curriculum and instruction are designed as a two-year program. Students are required to prepare in advance for participation in the next day’s class, as well as to maintain notes from classroom lectures, discussions, and activities. They also participate in a wealth of extracurricular activities, including weekly community service projects, field trips, and on campus seminars to enhance their academic studies. As a result, students learn valuable life skills, including time management, money management, independence, critical thinking, cooperation, and communication."
Epstein, Paul; Seldin Tim. (2003). The Montessori Way: An Education for Life. The Montessori Foundation.