November 2014  
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Welcome to James Simons Elementary
~ A Montessori Focus School ~

Blue Bicycle BooksPartner of the Month: Blue Bicycle Books 

The staff at James Simons Elementary would like to recognize the outstanding contributions from community bookstore Blue Bicycle Books.  Owners Johathan and Lauren Sanchez were a tremendous help during the building's downtown move.  This summer they sponsored a third grader at their creative writing camp, Write of Summer. Most recently the bookstore funded a visit from children's author Kwame Alexander who delighted the students with a reading of his book Acoustic Rooster.  For more information on this spectacular partner, visit their web site by clicking on their logo.

Montessori Moments: A CCSD Newsletter for staff and families of Montessori students. Click on the link below to read the latest edition from LaDene Conroy- Montessori Specialist for Development, Support and Expansion.

About Montessori Education at James Simons Elementary

James Simons Elementary has re-opened in historic downtown Charleston with a state of the art, beautifully designed Montessori school facility. This authentic Montessori environment was created after the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator who developed an educational approach over 100 years ago.

The classrooms are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving. Lessons are given to small groups or individual children while other children are working independently. Mixed age classrooms allow younger children to learn from older children, while older children reinforce their learning by assisting with concepts they have already mastered. In addition to peer learning, there are uninterrupted blocks of work time which allow students to choose their own prescribed activities. This constructivist, or discovery model, enables students to learn concepts from working with specialized materials, rather than by direct instruction.

In early childhood, students work with materials which develop their cognitive powers through direct experience using their five senses and movement. In the elementary years, children continue to organize their thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum progressing from concrete to abstract. This specific organization of information prepares students for adolescence, when they evolve into thinking about universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.

Montessori is more than an approach to education, it is an approach to life. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about ones path and purpose in life. 


Tenets of Montessori:

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Integrated Disciplines
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Multi-Age Classrooms
  • Self-Discipline
  • Focused Concentration
  • Care of the Environment
  • Service Learning

What's Happening

Tennis Ball
Tennis Lessons
James Simons is offering Upper or Lower Elementary students an opportunity to take Tennis Lessons.  READ MORE...
Holiday Meal - Wednesday, November 19
James Simons family and special guests are invited to attend a special holiday dinner with their student.  READ MORE...
James Simons Log
PTA Canopy Fundraiser
Purchase a James Simons Elementary tumbler to help raise money for a shade canopy for our playground.  READ MORE...
Volunteer Application
In order to make our school as safe as possible, Charleston County School District is requiring all volunteers to fill out a Volunteer Application.  READ MORE...
Dart Library
Dart Library November Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  READ MORE...
James Simons Elementary PTA & Harris Teeter Announce Together in Education
Help our school raise funds by linking your VIC card to to James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...
The Charleston Youth Marathon - January 16, 2015
Each child can walk or run 25 miles prior to the race day, then complete the final 1.2 miles on January 16th.  READ MORE...