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Cultural Studies

At the Lower Elementary level, students study the Great Lessons as well as the school-wide Cultural Studies themes.

The Great Lessons, developed by Maria Montessori, offer the child a panoramic view of the universe and a sense of humanity across time. The great questions that arise from this view then serve as a blueprint for further study in all cultural areas.

The Great Lessons include:
• Story of the universe
• Coming of life
• Coming of humans
• Story of communication/span>
• Story of numbers
    Inly presents a school-wide, three-year rotation of Cultural Studies content—covering Ancient, American and World Civilizations. The curriculum revolves around a central school-wide question (see below). Each level (TO, CH, LE, UE, MS) has its own developmentally appropriate sub-questions that focus the academic lessons and studies. Special events such as cultural festivals, assemblies, field trips and reading lists are planned around these themes.
    Year One: Ancient Civilizations
    The school-wide question is:
    "How and why were ancient civilizations created?"
    The Lower Elementary focus is: 
    "What do we learn from creation stories?"
    "What is an ancient civilization?"
    "What stories do artifacts tell?"
    " What inventions helped ancient civilizations develop?"
    Year Two: American Civilization
    The school-wide central question is: 
    "How and why has American civilization changed?
    The Lower Elementary focus is: 
    "What is immigration?"
    "Who are the immigrants in America?"
    "Why do people immigrate?"
    "What events and people caused change in America?"
    Year Three: World Civilizations
     The school-wide central question is: 
    "How and why do world civilizations connect?"
    The Lower Elementary focus is: 
    "What causes people around the world to live differently and the same?"
    "What traditional ceremonies are practiced throughout the world?”

    Inly School

    46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
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    Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
    including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.