Maria Montessori referred to this time in a child’s life as the “Age of Imagination.” She observed that during this stage children are asking the big questions such as “Who am I?” “What role do I play in my world?”

Lower Elementary

(grades 1-3)

Dr. Montessori realized that children were able to use their imaginations to move from concrete to abstract thinking. They can use their imaginations to make connections with history, science, math, literature and the world. The interrelated curriculum at this level is based on Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum. The Great Lessons, the main component of the Cosmic Curriculum, appeal to the student’s sense of wonder and love of storytelling.

The student’s ability to reason makes Lower Elementary the place where children master fundamental skills and core knowledge. It is here that they learn how to learn. Students are guided to become more independent in self-direction, more responsible and intrinsically motivated.
The class is multi-age, which not only provides motivation and leadership opportunities, it is perfect for the social beings they are becoming complete with a place to practice the social and moral justice in which they are so interested. This environment coupled with an individualized education plan for each student, individualized lesson that all contain a visual, auditory and kinesthetic components, low student to teacher ratios (less than 12:1), amazing Montessori materials and highly-trained staff make Harbor Montessori an excellent choice for your child.


…how to resolve conflict, how to plan their own work schedule and how to become role models for the younger students at the school.


…to the world through their ability to reason and imagine.


…into well versed readers, writers and mathematicians.