Full Day Program 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Extended Day Program 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Early Care is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
The Upper Elementary Classroom
The Upper Elementary students are now avid consumers of knowledge. They continually move into more abstract thinking. The children in this age group are now weighing options, examining conflicting evidence, accepting differences of opinion, and making connections among different learning concepts and personal experience. At the same time, they love to work in groups but also need to work privately.
The Upper Elementary student will continue to work at their own pace and study the full range of curricula. They will continue to explore with guidance from our specially trained teachers. At this point in their young lives, children search for answers to larger questions and have a broader base of knowledge and experience from which to draw. They take on greater responsibility for their studies and the management of their time. At the same time, they take on greater responsibility for care of their community and for their role within the social harmony of the class.
MSO’s Upper Elementary Curriculum balances rigorous skill development with constant opportunity for self-expression, exploration, and support from our carefully trained teachers. We have devised a method where the values of independence, cooperation, and self-discipline are emphasized. Furthermore, the abilities to concentrate fully, to think critically, and to work productively – both individually and as a part of a peaceful, cohesive community – are goals of MSO’s Upper Elementary Program.
While hands-on learning continues as a hallmark of the MSO educational experience, the Upper Elementary student is moving increasingly toward the ability to analyze and understand in the abstract. Concrete materials that used to represent concepts will now serve as a springboard for more refined and expressive lessons.
The Upper Elementary-aged child now begins to study the distinctions and applications of their knowledge of facts. In math, they will hypothesize and use numerical facts to discern solutions. In writing, they will use their understanding of the process and their expanding language to explore expressive styles.
MSO has also integrated cultural studies and science into the curriculum with study fueled by the natural drive to question and seek answers. The arts also remain embedded in the day-to-day lives of the children.
Increasingly capable of abstract thought, Upper Elementary students become less dependent on materials as they broaden and deepen their working knowledge of numerical operations.
Likewise, students extend and apply acquired skills, exploring concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. There is no limit to what the students can learn. They eagerly observe mathematical properties and functions in the world around them and apply new concepts to studies in other areas, such as science and culture.
Effective written and verbal expression is emphasized as students learn to make themselves understood and get to know others. Reading and comprehension skills continue to grow through research.
Through rigorous research, students refine their critical-thinking capacities. Our science program brings students into direct contact with the central work of scientists: identifying, questioning, experimenting and concluding.
Students in MSO’s Upper Elementary Program study the sciences as part of a broadly focused exploration. Our approach to many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. This is to encourage students to make connections across the sciences; it generates profound curiosity. It allows them to design investigative projects that express their interests and their styles of learning.
This is how all humans learn new things. We start at a point of interest and branch out from it like ripples from a stone thrown in the water.