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Our Programs

Mission Statement

Rooted in our local community
We learn in an authentic Montessori environment
Growing as conscientious and joyful learners
Inspired to lead in the world community
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Core Values

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At The Community Roots School, our core values are fostering a love of learning, encouraging children to grow to be stewards of the planet, and developing values of tolerance and peace in a community of children and their families. We strive to make The Community Roots School a place where our best human qualities are invited to shine.

We teach (and learn) ways to learn, grow, and lead that contribute to the larger community. We do this by:

 

  • A rich and holistic educational experience that respects the individuality of each young learner
  • Positive, effective communication that assumes the best in each other and seeks the best for our children
  • Respect for a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and for the perspectives they add to our collective journey
  • A commitment to contribute to the well-being and vitality of our Silverton community
  • The practice and teaching of peace and mindfulness in our classrooms, our community and the world
  • The practice and teaching of wise stewardship of our natural resources and care our earth

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten program offers lessons tailored to the needs of this age group.  Individualized lessons by dynamic and observant teachers allow students to develop self-discipline and empathy as they learn language, math, practical life skills, physical and life sciences, fine and gross motor development, and social and cultural studies.  Students learn how to interact with the world around them through a peaceful, respectful, empathetic environment.

 

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Student painting wooden salmon
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Elementary (1st - 6th Grade)

Three Year Experience 

Our Elementary Program includes a three-year experience in a Lower Elementary classroom for children ages 6 to 9 years old and a three-year experience in an Upper Elementary group for children 9 to 12 years old.  Completion of each of these three year cycles is paramount to solidifying:

  • learning & focus (year 1)
  • repetition & practice (year 2)
  • mastery & leadership (year 3)

Multiage classrooms allow children to learn at their own pace and to learn from each other.  Three year cycles allow learners to develop, explore, integrate and master before moving on to the next challenge on the horizon.

Characteristics

 

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Elementary aged children are characterized as having

  • A reasoning mind
  • A thirst for knowledge
  • A sense of wonder
  • An attraction to peers and growth toward intellectual independence
  • A sense of justice and fairness

Students are invited to discover the world around them through key lessons and Great Stories.

Key Components  

 

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With the help of experiential  sensorial materials, children explore the areas and interconnectedness of

  • Math
  • History
  • Music
  • Geography
  • Ecology
  • Art
  • Language (written, spoken, reading)
  • Biology (botany, zoology)
  • Physical Science