Lower Elementary

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  • Lower Elementary

    Pebblecreek Montessori School’s Lower Elementary program offers 1st through 3rd grade. Students ages 6 through 9 years develop a sense of order and self-discipline, imagination, freedom, and cooperative living.

    • Montessori Certified Teachers
    • Leadership Development
    • Practical Life Skills
    • Nurtured Passion for Learning
  • Montessori-Certified Guides

    Children learn from each other when they are mixed in groups with some variation in age. As an accredited Montessori school, children in our program spend three years in the same classroom group, growing from an observer into a classroom leader for the new youngsters arriving. Older children model responsible, safe behavior and help younger children understand tasks. They develop a sense of warmth and community when cooperating which gives the children a strong sense of compassion and personal responsibility.

  • Practical Life in the Classroom

    As our students continue to grow and develop, their responsibilities increase. These older children have daily and weekly classroom maintenance tasks assigned and the skills rotate. Young children creatively arrange flowers, beautify their space, do laundry, maintain plant care, and prepare food. In these tasks they demonstrate personal care and instruct one another in appropriate etiquette. At this stage, children are given three hours of independent work time per day to develop these skills.

  • Academics

    The school offers individual work plans for each student in math, language and cultural subjects based on a curriculum that meets and, in most cases, exceeds Texas state standards. Each child works on his/her plan throughout the day. Incorporated are spelling, handwriting and reading programs based on a student’s individual ability and not his or her age.

  • Multi-Age Classrooms

    Students are grouped in multi-age classrooms with the older students modeling appropriate behavior, providing leadership, encouragement and guidance to younger students. Students remain in the same class for the three-year cycle, moving from youngest to oldest; from observer to leader. This leads to a close-knit community which emphasizes kindness and personal responsibility.

  • Pebblecreek Montessori School includes an all-age Innovative Touch Spanish Program

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  • Classroom Studies

    The Montessori approach to the cultural subjects is based on the interrelationships of Earth, animals, plants, and people who inhabit Earth. Subjects of history, geography, and science are taught as connected parts of a whole rather than individual subjects. Classes at Pebblecreek Montessori also include a robust Fine Arts program to inspire well-rounded, well-balanced children. 

    • Integrated Cultural Subjects
    • Creative Movement
    • Robust Fine Arts
    • Engaging Spanish Program
  • Cultural Subjects

    Student’s cultural curriculum includes experiments, maps, timelines, models and other learning materials. The goal is for the child to begin to answer what Dr. Montessori deemed the important questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Another way is which the child comes to understand the interdependence of all living things (“cosmic education”) is through what Montessorians call “The Great Lesson.” The five Great Lessons are: The Story of the Universe, Life Comes to Earth, Human Beings Come to Earth, The Story of Language, and The Story of Numbers.

    Academic Language Therapy

    Pebblecreek offers academic language therapy with a full-time staff member. This multi-sensory approach to acquiring language skills can benefit children and adults who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or related learning differences. Children who have difficulty acquiring basic literacy skills may also benefit.

  • Integrative Science

    In their earlier experiences, Pebblecreek’s children have learned about caring for plants and arranging flowers. The emphasis on this biology and the natural world around us allows for children at the lower elementary level to experience botany, biology, chemistry, and many natural sciences all together in a practical manner. Studying science in a hands-on way gets children excited about the possibilities and allows more multiple different fields of study to be taught within one activity.

    Physical Education

    Students participate in weekly P.E. where they are taught the importance of physical fitness and encouraged to achieve their individual potential. Team games are introduced with the focus on teamwork and the development of healthy attitudes to both winning and losing. The physical education program also includes the President’s Challenge. Pebblecreek’s P.E. instructor is Coach Reagan Angell. 

  • Field Trips

    Elementary students leave campus for several chaperoned field trips throughout the year. Past field trips have included: Young Chefs Academy Cooking School, The Dallas World Aquarium, The Dallas Zoo, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Dallas Children’s Theatre, and The Dallas Symphony.

    Library

    Elementary students have a chance to visit Pebble Creek’s extensive library of books spanning all topics and genres. Montessori teaching strongly encourages children to become more engaged in reading and each class makes a trip there at least once per week.

    Montessori Model United Nations

    Children with an interest in the world around them and leadership skills will love the Model U.N. program. They have the opportunity to discuss global problems and possible solutions, as well as a stronger sense of self-awareness. Each year, several upper elementary students have the opportunity to take a trip to New York to show their skills.

    Homework in the Montessori Environment

    Our Lower Elementary students do begin receiving take-home assignments and projects. Unlike traditional education, you won’t see forced memorization and worksheets on your child’s homework list. The goal of homework, as with all Montessori methods, is to grow a child’s critical thinking skills while keeping them excited about learning. Our students complete book reports and projects, like dioramas, demonstrations, and scientific experimentation. The Montessori Guides will strongly encourage practical exploration at home which involves parents. These include a range of activities for different schedules: menu planning, family trips, or savings plans for more practical skills; writing stories and poetry or drawing together to promote creativity; or becoming more involved in the community by volunteering or participating in local activities.

  • Montessori Classes Nurture Your Child's Passion for the Fine Arts

  • Fine Arts Program

    In addition to developing a mastery of musical notation, they’ll have the opportunity to create their own pieces and perform for groups in a compassionate environment. A dance and rhythm instructor will lead the children in movement exercises and continue to develop graceful motor skills. The fundamentals are still drawn from the greats of Montessori education: Orff, Zodaly, and Dr. Montessori herself. In addition, our talented art instructor Bobbie Sniderwin leads the children in exciting art projects and encourages creative expression. They also develop a knowledge of art history and understand more about the global community.

    Foreign Language Program

    Mrs. Gabriela Wilcox’s Touch Spanish program deepens as the students get older. Oral skills are pretty well developed at this point in the child’s education and they have an excellent ability to speak and understand Spanish. Lower Elementary students move into level two, where they begin to hone their reading and writing skills. Although they only attend Spanish class once weekly, the strong foundations and practice exercises they use keep their mastery levels high. In addition, the classroom is populated with students who speak Spanish, as a first or second language, which provides ample opportunity for conversational practice with their peers. 

    Character formation cannot be taught. It comes from experience and not from explanation.

    — Maria Montessori
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