Discovering the world in the children’s house …
Each of our Montessori Primary Classes is a balanced, mixed age group of 3-6 year olds. The rich classroom environment fosters developing leadership skills as the older, more experienced students mentor and help the younger ones. The curriculum and prepared environment encourages responsibility, accountability, cooperation and critical thinking skills.
Our AMI certified teachers help the children learn about the world they live in. Concepts are learned at the child’s own pace, using hand-on sensorial exploration of the unique Montessori materials. Sequential lessons in the different curriculum areas are presented to each child when appropriate for their individual development.
Academic concepts are learned through work with the unique Montessori materials. There are five main integrated areas of study.
Materials for “Practical Life” lessons provide a link from home to school. These materials help the child learn to care for themselves and their environment. Work in this area aids in the development of the intellect and concentration, leading to more orderly thinking. The child learns to become more independent on his or her journey to adulthood.
The child learns to coordinate their movements. Walking on the Line develops balance and awareness of musical tempos. The various Water Pouring, Scrubbing and Polishing lessons are used to develop fine motor and perceptual skills, as well as contributing to the beauty and care of their classroom.
Practical Life materials help the child learn to take care of themselves and their environment. They foster a sense of community and caring for others. Dressing Frames help the child master skills needed for independence. Flower Arranging adds to the beauty of the Prepared Environment.
Various lessons in Grace and Courtesy develop social skills for both home and school. These lessons give the child modeling and experience for the social graces needed to be part of a community. These include lessons such as how to introduce yourself, wait patiently for someone’s attention, saying “excuse me”, and observing a friend without interrupting.
Maria Montessori called the Sensorial materials “materialized abstractions”. Work with them helps children organize their intelligence and mathematical mind. This leads to a more thorough understanding of abstract concepts learned in later years.
Scientifically designed materials such as the Solid Cylinders, Pink Tower, Geometric Cabinet, Binomial and Trinomial Cubes, Sound Cylinders and Color Tablets isolate the many sensory qualities a child is experiencing in the their life, and helps them understand the world around them.
Work with the Sensorial materials help a child refine their senses, classify sensory impressions and prepare them for more advanced work in the language and Math areas of the classroom.
Language is all around in a Montessori classroom. Spoken language is developed via conversations, stories, songs and poems. Various Classified Card Material sets teach new vocabulary, from simple (names of fruits and vegetables) to scientific (names of species of fish).
The children learn how phonetic sounds and other phonemes make up words. Sound games are played to help each child isolate the sounds on a word. Unique materials such as the Movable Alphabet allow them to write words and phrases as soon as they know some of the sounds and letters.
Writing skills are developed as the child’s manual hand skills progress. Geometric shapes previously learned in Sensorial lessons link the child to the work with the Metal Insets that begins to develop control of a pencil. Tactile materials such as the Sandpaper Letters enable the child to internalize the formation of letter and number symbols.
Specialized, concrete manipulatives such as the Number Rods, Spindle Boxes, Teen Beads, and the Golden Beads are used to help the child understand how numbers 1–10, teens and tens and the decimal system are organized and written.
Work with the Golden Beads and the Stamp Game gives the child concrete experience with the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Memorization of number facts begins using a variety of unique materials such as the Addition and Subtraction Strip Boards, Multiplication Bead Bars, Unit Division Board and various Finger Charts.
These lessons provide an integrated study of art, music, science and history. The child learns about life in various cultures around the world and the common needs that all people share.
Geography lessons allow the child to explore the physical and political divisions of our planet using a variety of materials. Concepts start with the division of land and water and lead to learning various country names and locations on each continent. Specialized globes, Land and Water Forms and Puzzle Maps allow a child to learn about the physical world. The Geography Folders and in depth studies of various countries and cultures teach them about life in other countries.
COME AND OBSERVE OUR CLASSES….
The children are engaged in a wide variety of work. Primary level classes are truly “Children’s Houses”. At any given time you can see the span of lessons from simple lessons in Practical Life to the more advanced lessons in other curriculum areas. It is a very joyful, active and social community of children having fun, while learning important life lessons and skills.
“The children of different ages in the school help one another. There is a communication and harmony. Older ones become teachers and heroes to the younger children. The little ones sense that when they are bigger, their turn will come.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori