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    East Cooper Montessori Charter School offers 7 Lower Elementary environments.  Each classroom has an approximate 1:12 educator/student ratio.  As a public charter school. each lead teacher is South Carolina certified, as well as Montessori trained in the area which they teach.  In addition, ECMCS also provides inclusive Gifted & Talented Programming.  Therefore, each lead teacher is Gifted & Talented Endorsed by the State of South Carolina Board of Education. 

    Lower Elementary students are at an exciting time in their education, growing into avid geographers, expressive writers, developing readers, budding mathematicians. The Lower Elementary Program stresses basic skills in arithmetic and language, but children are encouraged to use these tools to extend and enrich their learning, and to explore subjects of their own interest at greater depth. Concrete materials are used to teach math and grammar, while other materials are drawn from real life to teach about geography, world cultures, science, and human experience.

    At this age, children seek greater social and intellectual independence. Within this developmental shift, students build on physical and academic skills developed during their Primary years. They develop personal strategies for learning, continue making choices, and begin to find the passions that will carry them into adulthood. They seek opportunities to work in groups with both older and younger students, and embrace larger projects that require more integration of learning.

    As children become more independent and responsible, their style of learning shifts from fact absorption to questioning and reasoning. They become curious about the origins of life and the structure of the earth. We respond to and encourage this curiosity by including geology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, and history in our Lower Elementary curriculum.


  • Historical Characters

     

    Welcome to Historical Characters for Lower Elementary!  Below we have listed the directions for this year’s information research project, and hope that you will find them user-friendly and geared toward your child’s age level.  This year, third year students will present on the Grand Hall stage. First and second years will present in a “Wax Museum” style. This means that the students will be assembled around the Grand Hall for museum visitors to look at the exhibits and stop to “press” the buttons that make the characters come to life!  The students will then begin their monologues, in which they speak as their historical characters. Props and/or posters are encouraged to help create a setting or add information about the characters!


    During class time, we will teach and model the process of researching a person from history, as well as how to construct informational writing.  We hope each child will enjoy learning about an important historical person of his/her choice. We can’t wait to see how the students portray their characters during their presentations!


    Week 1: Choosing a Character -- due Monday, February 3rd


    • Students may choose any person who is deceased and has some historical relevance. A homework sheet will be sent home for students to complete.

    •  Students should consider choosing a character for which plenty of information is available. Selecting a character for which information is hard to find may cause your child to have difficulty completing the assignments. 

    Week 2: Start your Research -- due Monday, February 10th


    • Help your child find several research sources. Some appropriate sources might be websites, magazines, and books. 1st year students are required to use one source but may use more. 2nd years must two or more sources, and 3rd years must use three or more sources.

    • Your child should fill out the homework sheet in complete sentences for that week. 

    Week 3: Continuing Research -- due Tuesday, February 18th (Monday is Presidents’ Day)


    • Your child should start a collection of his/her research this week. (You may need to help your child if they are not fully reading at this time. Make sure that he/she is doing the majority of the work and that you are there to help)
    • Your child should fill out the homework sheet in complete sentences for that week.

    Week 4:  Planning an Oral Presentation -- due Monday, February 24th


    • Your child should begin and complete the Planning an Oral Presentation sheet in order to get ready for the final presentation. 

    • Your child should start writing note cards and begin practicing their presentation. (We understand some children may need some help with this process. The final note cards may be typed if it makes it easier for your child to present.)

    Week 5: Note cards -- due Monday, March 2nd


    • Please make sure your child brings his/her final Note Cards to class on Tuesday Feb 19th. 

    Week 6: Final Presentations -- Wednesday, March 11th & Friday, March 13th


    • Remember that ALL 2nd and 3rd year students are expected to present. ALL 1st years are required to do the research and assignments but presenting is optional.

    PRESENTATION SCHEDULE 

    (Students will practice at school before presentation day.)


    Wednesday, March 11th

    Scott’s class - 8:30-9:30

    Jamie/Lori’s class - 1:30-2:30

    Molly’s class - 1:30-2:30



    Friday, March 13th

    Mackenzie’s class  - 8:30-9:30

    Krissie’s class - 8:30-9:30

    Emilee’s class - 1:30-2:30

    Shay’s class - 1:30-2:30