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College Level Chemistry for our Elementary School Students

Why do we teach college-level science to our elementary students? Quite simply: They are ready for it! Especially when it is presented clearly.

Our biochemistry teacher Dr. Daniel Fried, a Yale-trained scientist, has unlocked how to make this advanced material digestible by our young minds.

“The beginning premise is that the kids are competent learners,” says Dr. Fried. “They have a brain that works. I don't have prejudice about their development level; it's higher than it's perceived.”

Over 10 years, he developed this easily-to-comprehend series of 24 units, covering everything from introductory chemistry to radiation, DNA, genetics, and lipid chemistry. He piloted and fine-tuned his classes with our students, proving that his program is effective and successful.

Dr. Fried says Montessori students are a great group for his program, “They are used to collaborative work, think outside the box, love projects, and enjoy working across disciplines and with multiple styles.”

When we tell our students that they are learning college-level science, they become more attentive, enthusiastic, and confident. Dr. Fried’s visual aids drastically reduce students' mental work, resulting in rapid progress through the material.

Another benefit of learning chemistry earlier is that by the time many students reach high school or college, their youthful curiosity about science may fade as tests and loads of other school work creep in. By unlocking their brain’s potential now, the information is ingrained and not as challenging to grasp later.

To learn more about Hudson Montessori School’s interdisciplinary, theme-based learning approach to education, the Montessori philosophy and methodology, or how the school fosters the love of learning for children age 2 to sixth grade, sign up for an open house tour most Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

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