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Elementary Level

The KMS Elementary program delivers authentic Montessori education to children ages 6 to 12 years. This is a period of great intellectual growth motivated by a strong imagination and sense of reason. The learning environment is structured for excellence and success at all levels. Students are in age groups of 6-9 (grades 1-3) and 9-12 (grades 4-6). Each classroom has Montessori trained teachers with undergraduate Bachelor degrees in a variety of areas.

The Elementary classrooms are encouraging, child-centered environments filled with hands-on activities that develop academic skills, encourage problem solving, and improve concentration.

Each Elementary classroom is a community where freedom comes with responsibility and curriculum is limitless. Children begin to form a sense of self that allows for critical thinking and where they guard their independence yet hold the formation of group in high regard. They question and seek constantly.

The Elementary curriculum is designed to encourage a child to make a stronger connection to the natural and built environments by way of going out or inviting specialists in. The teacher is a keen observer of a child's work and assists them as they progress from concrete to abstract thinking. The Montessori Elementary classroom nurtures a global perspective, and promotes both independent thinking and cooperative learning.

The program consists of an interdisciplinary focus on the following areas:

Language Arts

Language is in every aspect of the integrated Montessori curriculum. The Montessori student gains an appreciation of literature in all of its forms as they work within a comprehensive program of both reading and writing skills. Beginning in Elementary I emphasis is placed on the development of strong reading, writing and research habits, which translate into success in all areas of study. The conventions of written language are taught as specific lessons and then applied to the child's own work. Creative writing in all its forms is encouraged and valued. Strong research skills are applied to the study of subjects all across the curriculum and the child discovers that knowledge in one area is related to other areas. Their capacity for enrichment is limitless at this age, and is evident in the amount of writing they choose to do during the course of a day. In Elementary II students build on literacy skills and move toward more sophisticated and challenging pursuits. Students undertake detailed analysis of all the genres: poetry, drama, journals, reports, stories, letters, and memos. Creative writing is enriched through the use of sophisticated and precise vocabulary, complex sentence structure, and careful development of plot and character. Students learn to make clear and articulate oral presentations to their classmates, parents and community groups. Students will leave the KMS Elementary program with a heightened degree of language competence.


The lower elementary math curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed materials to lead them to an understanding of mathematical operations and concepts. They will work with the four operations, estimate measurement, read data in all graph forms, measure time and temperature, and explore the rules for factors and multiples. Gradually the child moves from concrete symbolic math, and eventually she enjoys and understands abstract math at an advanced level. At the upper elementary level there is scope for a wide achievement range. Students begin to internalize the four operations as they relate to whole, fractional and decimal numbers. They study the fundamentals of algebra, measure area, volume, mass and capacity, and they learn the rules for squaring and cubing numbers. Students develop finely tuned problem solving skills and have an excellent grasp of sophisticated mathematical concepts. The math curriculum is designed to meet all academic learning styles and abilities. The child who requires extra time in order to fully understand a concept will have that time; those children who grasp the concept quickly and are ready for challenging work, will have that work. No child is expected to progress at someone else's speed, and emphasis is always placed on achieving one's personal best.

Science, Social and Cultural Studies

The science, social and cultural curriculum forms the backbone of the elementary classroom. The integrated program explores history, geography, science, commerce and anthropology. The students learn through the use of timelines, classification charts, impressionistic lesson and experiments. They are encouraged to research topics of interest or to plan field trips as part of their studies. By planning outings for themselves: choosing and contacting the institutions to be visited and working out their own transportation, the student's sense of independence and social responsibility is enhanced. The curriculum at this level recognizes the child's interest in an ethical value system, social rules and community. There is no limit to subject matter; skills are taught in order to enable research to take place but the curriculum is flexible so as not to hinder the search for knowledge.


KMS incorporates a complete French curriculum at both levels of the elementary program. All lessons are delivered in small groups.Emphasis is placed on conversation and the grammatical structure of the language. At the end of the elementary program, students will have developed the ability to read, write and converse in French at an introductory level. Most of our graduates enter into enriched French programs at public or independent schools.

Health, Physical and Outdoor Education

The goal of the curriculum is to promote an understanding of the importance of physical fitness, health and general well-being. KMS encourages regular, vigorous physical activity and teaches the skills necessary to participate in athletic activities and school sports. Students enjoy class outings to skating rinks and taking swimming lessons. Students acquire basic knowledge about a wide variety of health-related topics and learn to make healthy decisions in all areas of life and personal development. Outdoor education is an integral part of this program. Throughout the year students have many experiential learning opportunities out of the classroom; developing knowledge and experience in natural history, environmental science, adventure and leadership. Each year students spend 3 days at the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre.

The Arts (Music, Visual Art and Movement)

At KMS we have a strong commitment to the Arts. Through the study of music, visual arts, drama and dance, students not only develop the ability to think creatively and critically, but also learn to express themselves in both verbal and non-verbal ways. Local artists make a major contribution to this area of the curriculum by visiting the school and hosting specific workshops on the use of various types of media. Our music curriculum is designed to promote a theoretical understanding and love of music. Students are able to discover and hone skills that can prove to be rich sources of pleasure throughout life