The Montessori Curriculum
The goals of a Montessori education are preparation for life and love of learning. Such an education focuses on encouraging the child’s natural desire for learning and finding order in his or her world. Dr. Montessori also discovered that in a properly prepared environment the child spontaneously explores learning with the tools of inner discipline and outer freedom. The child prefers work to play, shows long and sustained concentration and develops a social life based on mutual helpfulness.
Specially Designed Materials
The materials are designed to develop the senses and all are intended to help the child’s mind focus on one particular quality. They give the child knowledge in a systematic way so that the order becomes apparent and the child is helped to “know” what he sees. A “control of error” is obvious in the materials, enabling the child to see and correct his or her own mistakes. The Montessori materials develop the whole personality of the child.
What We Offer
We offer a stimulating, fun and well rounded Montessori program aimed at Kindergarten and Grade One readiness for children 30 months and older.
The Areas of Learning
These exercises are designed to teach the child to function in his own environment by teaching him how to cope with the things around him. Exercises such as dressing frames, washing tables, preparing foods all teach personal care and care of the environment. Grace and Courtesy exercises instill good manners. The child refines her muscular coordination through movement and exploration of the surroundings. She learns to work at a task from beginning to end, developing powers of concentration.
A child loves to touch. Much of the world comes to him through his hands as he investigates everything in the environment. The sensorial materials, “the keys to the universe”, present the child with a strong basis for intellectual growth and a preparation for complex learning.
The activities in this area are designed to:
• Develop visual perception
• Refine the tactile senses
• Educate the child’s sense of smelling, feeling, hearing and tasting
• Give opportunities for the child to compare, contrast, reason, classify and categorize physical properties in the world.
The sensorial exercises provide a strong preparation for the Math area.
The young child has a natural sensitivity for language development. Therefore, the Montessori language program begins immediately and is continuously woven into the life and work of the class. The Language materials aid the development of all three aspects of a child’s language: speaking, writing and reading. The child is exposed to tremendous vocabulary enrichment in the class. The child is encouraged to master the different skills necessary to be able to unite the operations of writing and reading. The language area includes grammar and creative writing.
The idea of quantity is inherent in all the Montessori arithmetic materials. Dr. Montessori designed materials that help the child to concretely grasp the abstract concepts of numbers, quantity and numeric sense. The child learns how to develop an understanding of numbers through the use of tangible objects. A stable foundation in the numbers 1 to 10 leads to the exercises in the Decimal System. Operations in Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction and Division are made realistic through the use of the specially designed materials. These exercises help bring numbers come alive.
Science, Art, Music, Geography, Botany and History are some of the subjects covered in the cultural area. The child learns about the world – past and present. Every child enjoys learning about children from other parts of the world and what life is like. They also love to learn about animals and their habitats. Care and observation of living plants and animals develop their relationship with other living things.