Lower Elementary


“The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why… the problem of cause and effect.”
Dr. Maria Montessori

Grades one to three—what we refer to in Montessori learning as Lower Elementary—is a time when children’s ideas are brought to life. They expand their imagination and stimulate their intellect through stories and activities designed specifically for that purpose.

In a rich and all-encompassing academic environment, children first learn concepts using concrete materials, then build their skills by practicing with those materials. Finally, they move to abstract knowledge and critical thinking.

As with all other Thacher programs, children work to their full potential in Lower Elementary. The lessons that a child receives are determined by his or her readiness, and children practice concepts to mastery. Elementary classrooms maintain a balance of freedom and responsibility. Children take great pleasure in having the freedom to make choices about their work. At the same time, they are responsible for doing work that is productive and high in quality and ultimately balanced among key areas of education. Children also enjoy the freedom to work in groups, which leads to discussion, disagreement, more discussion, and compromise.

1425 Blue Hill Avenue · Milton, MA 02186

Montessori Schools of Massachusetts
American Montessori Society
Association of Independent Schools of New England