Montessori Grades 1–6


At its most basic level, a Montessori education is a mode of thinking and problem-solving. The Montessori education fosters independent thinking and interdependent problem-solving, encouraging creativity and curiosity. Traditional education standardizes the way of thinking, stifling creativity, curiosity, and problem solving abilities. A Montessori curriculum uses a prepared and stimulating environment where intelligence and skills can grow. Here are some of the most differentiating features of Montessori and Traditional modes of education.

Montessori Education vs. Traditional Education

Montessori Traditional
Student Driven Teacher directed
Prepared Environment Teach to the test
Internal Rewards External rewards
Concentration 30-minute increments
Responsibility for self and environment Most responsibilities are external of self
Freedom and Choices of Lessons Work at the lowest common denominator
A Comfort with Error Fear of Error (Grading and Testing)

Overview of Lower Elementary Curriculum at Morey

  • Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Dictionary Skills, Poetry, Penmanship, Parts of Speech)
  • Math (Geometry, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Factors and Multiples, Word Problem Application)
  • Social Studies – following the Michigan Core Curriculum
  • Science – following the Michigan core curriculum

Additional Components of the Montessori Program

Maria Montessori believed that a healthy mind, body, and spirit are essential for success.  She also believed in children learning to be peaceful, contributing members of their community. Other goals of her method of education include:

  • Altruism – caring for others, community, and the common good
  • Self-control – patience, graciousness, internalized reward
  • Power of choice – personal satisfaction
  • Art of Diplomacy/Conflict resolution – handling relationships and peaceful resolutions
  • Problem-solving – ability to solve problems from different ways

Here lies the secret ingredients of Montessori education. It is being labeled by researchers, as EQ (Emotional Intelligence) or the Executive Function, the ability to adapt, problem-solve, reason, and possess social responsibility.

This is for those looking for something more than just a traditional education. In the historical time line, just as we as a society have moved from Agricultural to Industrial to Technological Eras in years past, we are now transitioning from the Technological Era to the Enlightened Era, A traditional education will be insufficient, if not obsolete, for the leaders of tomorrow.

Blending Montessori with State Curriculum Requirements

At Morey Montessori, we also have a responsibility to prepare our students to meet all state curriculum outcome expectations, and perform well on standardized assessment tools. Some instruction does come in a more traditional format, with small and large group presentations, practice, and assessment. Our goal is to provide the best of both worlds, combining the strengths of a Montessori program, with the strengths of the State Curriculum and the Center for Charter Schools’ resources and guidelines.