Upper Elementary

PEBBLECREEK MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY I
  • Upper Elementary

    The nurturing environment our students love continues into the nurturing, upper elementary class. Our program is extremely strong academically while also creating a sense of personal responsibility and independence in our students. Our varied subject matter and independent environment let children develop imagination and creativity along with self-discipline.

    • Self-Directed Learning
    • Cooperative Environment
    • Integrated Cultural Subjects
    • Exciting Field Trips
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  • Multi-Age Classrooms

    Mixed age groups have proven to be helpful. Children have the opportunity to learn lessons from their peers instead of solely from the teacher. Students in Pebblecreek’s Upper Elementary program have classes which span three years. These kids have the opportunity to develop from observers into leaders as the class changes. Older children act out appropriate behavior and demonstrate tasks for younger children. They develop a sense of community and cooperation, developing both compassion and personal responsibility.

  • Practical Life in the Classroom

    Responsibilities within the classroom increase as students grow. Daily and weekly activities are assigned which exercise different skills. 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 further improve their skills.

  • Montessori-Certified Teachers

    All Pebblecreek Elementary lead teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and our program follows AMS curriculum standards.

  • 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.

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  • Classroom Studies

    Montessori education embraces the idea of a connectedness between our planet, animals, plants, and all people. Subjects, like history or geography, are not separated into individual units. Instead, Montessori Guides explore the way in which these things relate to one another instead of focusing on the distinctions between different disciplines. Innovative fine arts and foreign language create a well-rounded curriculum.

    • Supportive Environment
    • Integrated Subjects
    • Group Activities
    • Talented Educators
  • Cultural Subjects

    When studying other cultures, Montessori strive to have children ask deeper questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Montessori instruction discusses the five “Great Lessons” for education: The Story of the Universe, Life Comes to Earth, Human Beings Come to Earth, The Story of Language, and the Story of Numbers. Our Guides will demonstrate the interdependence of living things while exploring these thoughts and questions.

  • Integrative Science

    Upper elementary continues to use an integrated approach to help children understand the nuances and importance of science. The experiences with natures and gardening has already planted the seeds of botany, biology, chemistry, and many natural sciences. Our approach combines these in a practical matter. Pebblecreek continually strives to include more hands-on activities and experiments in all of our science programs in order to get children excited about the possibilities out there. 

  • Academic Language Therapy

    Language has been introduced and practiced in a variety of ways but all students learn differently. Pebblecreek has a full-time staff member who works with children on language acquisition and use. Children who have difficulty communicating may have more struggles in attempting to gain literacy. We also take these opportunities to identify and work with children’s learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Our multi-sensory approach helps children or adults with processing difficulties.

  • Physical Education

    Movement and motor control is emphasized throughout Montessori education. It’s directly scheduled for elementary students once a week. Instruction focuses on the importance of fitness and fulfilling a child’s potential. Students work on attainable goals that keep them active while also staying fun. Teamwork is practiced when the children divide into groups for competitive sports. This also presents an opportunity to practice good sportsmanship. Both of these goals factor heavily into Pebblecreek’s P.E. curriculum.

  • Montessori Model United Nations

    Sixth-grade students at Pebblecreek are invited to participate in this program. Preparations involve meeting before/after school three times a week, intense research, writing position papers, delivering speeches, planning, and participating in fundraisers. Pebblecreek Montessori has been a proud participant since the inception of the MMUN in 2007.

    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

    Students have weekly opportunities to explore Pebble Creek’s extensive library. We house books spanning all topics and genres. Montessori education has a heavy emphasis on the importance of reading, especially for language. Maintaining a love of a literature will serve the child well throughout their lifetime.

    Homework in the Montessori Environment

    Upper Elementary curriculum does call for some regular homework. However, the activities you’ll expect here are quite different than what might occur at a public school. Instead of forced memorization and repetitive worksheets, our students are assigned more creative projects, from book reports to scientific experiments to preparing a demonstration for their peers. Practical exploration with parents at home is strongly encouraged. A range of different activities are possible, from domestic skills like menu planning to family trips to explore museums and other educational sites. Having a parent promote creativity and learning after the bell rings will make a big difference.

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

  • Fine Arts Program

    Students have the exciting opportunities to create their own songs and experiment with different types of instruments. Movement and dancing exercises help students continue to develop grace in their bodies and lightness in their steps. We progress in the tradition of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly, and Dr. Maria Montessori. Fine Arts also continue to improve, as the wonderful Bobbie Sniderwin shows her students how to express themselves creatively and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those in the world around them.

    Foreign Language

    Our Spanish program for Upper Elementary students end with a good understanding of Spanish. In Level 2 they developed their written skills. Level 3 really digs into grammar and emphasizes the creation of new sentences from different words. Conversational opportunities with other students and instructors abound and so students only need to attend a Spanish class once per week. The proficiency of these students after following this method is absolutely fantastic. 

    The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’

    — Maria Montessori
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