Nurturing the Love Of Learning
The Practical Life area is unique to the Montessori method. Children learn concentration, independence, and fine motor skills. The children will be busy cutting, tracing, pouring, scooping, polishing to develop as many essential skills as possible.
By using concrete materials during the early, sensitive years, the Montessori child can learn the basic concepts of mathematics. Montessori students use concrete hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clearer.
The Sensorial materials, such as the famous Pink Tower, were beautifully designed by
Dr. Montessori to prepare the children for Mathematics and build spatial awareness and refine the senses. Some of the categories in this area include size, form, color and auditory.
Culture and Geography
We teach the children about the world around them by introducing them to the continents. The children explore these continents through the music, food and art of the people who live there. We discuss the animals that live there as well as work on maps and flags. The children gain a better understanding and respect for different cultures.
In the Montessori classroom, we teach children how to read phonetically. The Sandpaper letters are introduced to the children followed by work with the Moveable Alphabet which enables children to form their own phonetic words. Children develop a love of reading and become strong and fluent readers. The older children have their own journals, and they produce progressively more complex stories.
In the Montessori classroom the children are encouraged to become little scientists. They are introduced to Botany, Astronomy, Physics and Zoology and encouraged to explore the world around them.
Art and Music
In the Montessori classroom it is the process and not the product that is important. The children are using their imagination to create and express themselves. We provide them with the materials and the skills needed. We also connect art to other areas of the classroom. We may read a story and become inspired by the illustrations in the book, or we may draw a beautiful picture in our journal and write about it. Music is also an essential part of our day. The children learn to sign songs, dance, and appreciate music.