Children who are given the gift of a Montessori education develop a love for learning at an early age. Then, if transitioned to traditional schools, they take the routines, motivation for learning and other skills they’ve developed along with them and excel. A Montessori preschool prepares children for life! they learn how to plan their day and use their time wisely, thanks to the independence student exercise. By the time children leave the preschool classroom, they have developed excellent habits and routines that will serve them their whole lives! Montessori teachers are trained not only in the curriculum, but also in early childhood development and the Montessori method.
Montessori curriculum is different from traditional classroom curriculum that focuses on children learning the same thing, at the same time, in the same way. Montessori curriculum emphasizes learning as a process that cannot be determined by a child’s age. Instead, learning is a process that is determined by the rate and speed at which a child can acquire one skill before moving on to another skill.
The Montessori curriculum has been supported by many as an ideal learning environment for children from primary to elementary grade levels. Our Montessori curriculum covers five key learning areas.
“The exercise of practical life are formative activities, a Work of adaptation to the environment “
- Maria Montessori
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and gain independence and adapt to his society. Practical life activities help children learn how to care for themselves and their environment. These activities help the child more independent to greater self-confidence, and the ability to face the new challenges. Practical life exercises include lessons in grace and courtesy, care for self, and care for the environment. The purpose of these activities is to enhance co-ordination, concentration, independence, and indirectly prepare children for writing and reading. Activities often include cleaning, food preparation, polishing and watering plants.
“The true basis of the imagination is reality”- Maria Montessori
Sensorial materials were designed to help children express and classify their sensory experiences. The purpose of sensorial activities is to aid in the development of the intellectual senses of the child, which develops the ability to observe and compare with precision. There are sensorial materials that focus on visual perception, tactical impressions, auditory sense, and taste perception. Activities often include matching and grading materials that isolate the sense of sight, sound, touch and smell.
“Children display a universal love for mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order and intelligence.”- Maria Montessori
Sensorial materials were designed to help children express and classify their sensory experiences. The purpose of sensorial activities is to aid in the development of the intellectual senses of the child, which develops the ability to observe and compare with precision. There are sensorial materials that focus on visual perception, tactical impressions, auditory sense, and taste perception. Activities often include matching and grading materials that isolate the sense of sight, sound, touch and smell. The Montessori math curriculum is one of the best examples of the unique beauty of Montessori materials. First, the Montessori practical life and sensorial activities give indirect preparations for math. Mathematical concepts are introduced to the child using concrete sensorial materials. Initial explorations with sensorial materials encourage children to understand basic math concepts such as learning number recognition, counting and sequencing of numbers. Sensorial work prepares the child for more formal introduction to math and introduction of abstract material concepts such as the decimal system and mathematical operations.
“The only language men ever speak perfectly is the One they learn in babyhood When no one can teach them anything.” - Maria Montessori
The importance of learning to read and write doesn’t need emphasis. The question is, what is the best way to learn to read and write? Montessori education has a proven that indirect preparations along with phonics to develop the skills needed for reading and writing. Language materials are designed to enhance vocabulary and explore both written and spoken language. The language -based activities, such as the sandpaper letters and movable alphabet, children learn phonetics sounds and how to compose words phonetically. They progress using concrete materials to compose their written work, read the work of others, and learn to communicate their unique thoughts and feelings.
“The Land is where our Roots are the Children must be
Taught to feel and Live in Harmony with the Earth.”
- Maria Montessori
Culture activities lead the child to experience music, stories, artwork and items from the child’s community, society and cultural background. The areas of geography, science, zoology and botany are included in this area. A range of globes, puzzle maps and folders containing pictures from different countries all help to give the child and insight into different cultures. The culture area encourages children to develop their capacity for creation and develop find motor skills. While learning to freely express themselves. Through cultural activities children develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them.