The Montessori Classroom
The exercises for Practical Life are designed to teach children to function in their own environment by teaching them how to interact with the things around them. Exercises such as sorting, pouring, lacing, cutting, folding, polishing, sweeping, etc.. are skills that can be applied to their everyday lives. In addition to building confidence and ability to care for oneself and others independently, the Practical life area also improves fine and gross motor skills, coordination, concentration and attention to detail. This prepares children indirectly for all other areas of the curriculum.
Sensorial materials isolate individual concepts such as color, weight, shape, texture, sound and smell. This helps children to discriminate, classify, and compare concepts such as length, height, weight, width and depth. These materials develop a sense of order, concentration and independence. In addition to developing the use of our senses, these activities also improve the children's ability to process information, and begin to understand math concepts such as geometry, patterning, measurements and dimensions.
Children begin by working with manipulatives that are colourful and engaging. These offer the tangible experience of holding and feeling the differences in quantity. As the child matures, more abstract learning begins to take place. Montessori mathematics focuses on numeration, the decimal system, and geometry. Our base ten system encourages children to sequence and order their work. Beginning with numbers 1-10, 11-99, and 1-1000, the children learn linear counting and recognition of numerals, which then leads into addition, subtraction, multiplication and division concepts. This is done through fun activities which involve lots of movement, manipulatives and group work.
While children are consistently given areas of opportunity to build language skills across the Montessori curriculum, they are also presented with varied and engaging activities such as thoughtful conversation, songs, and rhymes that accompany a wide range of materials designed to enrich and develop auditory skills, vocabulary, speech, reading and writing skills, and an understanding of the patterns of language.
Culture and Science
Science & Nature Studies
Children are encouraged to strengthen their connection to nature as a foundation for a lifelong interest in the sciences. Science studies incorporate topics from Botany, Zoology, Astronomy, Geology, and Weather. It is an investigative process that, among other things, represents a way of life - a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem-solving.
Geography & Culture
Large maps of different continents are available for the children to manipulate. Children eventually learn the names of different countries as well as various facts about each one. The maps provide concrete illustrations of many geographical facts. Children also learn the common land formations. The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries.