Students in Sally Palow's fifth-/sixth-grade Montessori class at Birch Lane Elementary School work together to make a banner representing ancient Chinese dynasties. From left are Bjorn Krall, Grace Johnson, Kelsey Calhoun and Miyan Grasso. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Josh Ernst, left, and Dylan Raven collaborate on a papier maché planet outside their second-/third-grade Montessori classroom at Birch Lane Elementary School. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Second-grader Edward Beckon throws up his arms in celebration after solving a long-division problem using tiles that represent thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Kindergartners in Eliza Sater's Montessori class spell out objects they've pulled from a basket — bat, hat, sun, dog and bib — figuring out the sounds of each object's name, then the letters that create the sounds. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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