The Great Lessons
These five Great Lessons (or Stories) are the foundation of the Montessori elementary curriculum and provide the framework for further study of the disciplines: science, mathematics, social studies and language.
The Great Lessons are intertwined stories that are presented as group lessons and are intended to inspire the child to seek more knowledge. After hearing each story the children are free to explore the subject in greater depth either individually or as part of a small group, through the use of timelines, charts, diagrams, and science experiments.
The Story of the Universe
Tells of the origins of the universe and our own planet, incorporating scientific experiments related to the properties of matter and leading to the future study of physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy.
The Coming of Life
Introduces the history of life on earth from the emergence of one-celled animals and plants to human beings.
The Coming of Humans
Explores the significance of the human beings on earth, their special abilities and how they differ from other life forms. The development of humans from their earliest times up until present day is presented.
The Story of Communication in Signs
Follows the development of writing from early primitive cultures though the ages, stressing the role of communication in society. The children explore the development of different alphabets, including the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians.
The Story of Numerals
Traces the development of numerical systems including the Mayans, Sumerians and Babylonians.
Art, Music, Computers, Foreign Language and Physical Education
These subjects are integrated into the elementary curriculum and are natural extensions of the classroom work. HRIMS includes specialist teachers, such as a native speaking language teacher or a physical education teacher as part of the elementary environment.
The children are given opportunities to expand their studies through visits to museums, libraries, nature centers, and other areas of interest. This experience is based on individual or small group interests and meets the needs of the children to explore a subject in greater depth. It may be as simple as going to the art museum to learn more about a particular artist or painting; a visit to the library for additional resources; or a face-to-face meeting with a local meteorologist to learn more about weather patterns. Whatever their nature, the children are active participants in the planning of all these excursions. Service and community projects also play a vital role in cultivating the child’s desire to be an active, participating member of their community, while fostering the child’s sense of social purpose and moral responsibility.