The Tree Top Montessori Elementary curriculum is broadly divided into three categories of math, literacy and discovery. Assessment is through the University of New South Wales ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) and is conducted yearly.
Tree Top Montessori 5 Key Differences
An Individual Approach
While there is a specific curriculum for each grade in Montessori elementary, grade levels are flexible and depend on the development level of the child, rather than the age. Each student works with their teacher with a unique progression through the curriculum. Students are grouped to work on compatible projects and lessons with a mixed age group where older students can guide the younger, and vice versa.
How are Tree Top elementary classrooms different from traditional elementary classrooms?
- Teachers are guides, not lecturers.
- There is no one-size curriculum fits all. Instruction is tailored to each student to keep them optimally challenged.
- Students are encouraged to make their own choices, to stay curious and to foster the love of learning.
- Students learn through problem solving instead of memorisation.
- Classrooms are equipped with materials and props, and not just textbooks.
- Students learn to self-motivate and to achieve active discovery with hands-on experiences.
- Mixed aged environment encourage a sense of community rather than competition.
Students learn in a multi-sensorial (whole brain) context to reinforce and gain mastery over mathematical concepts. They learn through a sensorial and kinesthetic approach with Montessori math materials in a structured and progressive manner. Math concepts are also reinforced verbally as students learn to present the Montessori math materials with their peers. They also practice Singapore-established exercises that stimulate visual thinking of mathematical concepts.
Students learn three languages: English, Chinese and Malay. Languages are taught in a structured manner but also holistically and relationally. In English, students learn vocabulary, sentence formation and creative writing. Expressive use of the English language is encouraged through speech and drama, and digital media and film. Students are also encouraged to establish friends from different countries and practice language through letter exchange. In Mandarin, students are exposed to water calligraphy and explore culture and sites in China. In Malay, students enjoy local Malay films that bring the language to life.
Student explore Cultural Geography, Botany, Zoology, Physical Geography, Environmental Science and Technology with a practical hands on approach.
With our Eco Warrior programme, students explore indoor and outdoor fruit and vegetable planting and environmental protection. Based on Steven Covey’s 7 Habits in School, students learn practical and effective life skills with real life application. They also explore urban farming and aquaponics located at our unique 15,000 sqf roof deck.
With Leadership Through Play, students learn to collaboratively build and make machines through Lego play, remote control structures and 3D printing. Essential for our technology driven world, students are also required to learn the important values of digital safety through our DQ curriculum.
Physical Education and outside play is an important daily component of our curriculum. Our sports include football, archery, floor-ball and rollerblading.