Tuskawilla Montessori is a community of life-long learners that integrate Montessori education with contemporary methods and materials to foster competent, self-motivated, morally aware, personally and socially responsible people.

Elementary 6 – 12 Years old

The Montessori Elementary program is structured on the idea that students learn best when work involves movement and allows students to engage in experiential learning. This is accomplished through the “Great Lessons” that invoke the curiosity of the child and working with manipulative materials as their developmental needs begin to evolve from concrete to a more abstract approach. This new development of the child’s needs are characterized by a concern for fairness, social justice and compassion towards others. Students learn to question ideas, think critically, and accept responsibility for their own learning.

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The students will study individually, in small groups, or at tables. Students may move throughout the class to interact with materials that are arranged according to each curricular subject. The teachers will introduce lessons sequentially according to each child’s particular needs. Because the student work is self paced and individually directed, the child is focused and enjoys learning. Students experience joy as they invent, explore, experiment, confer, create and reflect on their work.

The Elementary curriculum focuses on the following topics:

Practical Life

Practical Life curriculum moves beyond the self care and fine motor skills of the preschool student, to include new skills that connect students to the world, such as time management and their local community. Lessons promote

responsibility of the student to complete goals. Goal sheets are jointly developed and utilized by the teacher and student to define and organize assignments. The students are now empowered to make independent work choices, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines.


Number concepts, place value, numerals, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals are studied in the Elementary program. As students continue to advance in their mathematical abilities additional lessons are received in mathematical operations, and more complex functions.


Reading, research  and writing are interrelated to all aspects in a Montessori Elementary education, as students explore their topics. Students work towards mastery of an assignment, not just towards its completion.  Grammar, spelling, and mechanics are also demonstrated through the use of self directed materials. The child will understand how to analyze, think critically, as well as to compare and contrast literature that reflects the child’s personal opinion and perspective. The child will reflect on these activities through both formal and informal presentations.

Cultural studies

Cultural studies help the child to discover more about their natural curiosity of the world. Subjects are introduced as an interrelated topic an explore zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology, physical and life sciences, and anthropology. Additionally, the child will receive lessons in history, physical and political world geography, civics, economics, peace and justice, the arts, Spanish, computer science, and physical education.

Science and Social Studies

The Montessori approach of an Interdisciplinary and integrated study of geology, geography, physical and life sciences, anthropology, and history are enhanced by the “Great Lessons.” The lessons comprise a series of dramatic stories on the origins of the universe, our planet, and the history of humanity. The laws of physics and chemistry demonstrate the interdependence of all life. Beginning with the first civilizations, students will discover what it means to be a responsible world citizen.