Montessori Curriculum

Curriculum:

Montessori offers a unique educational approach that acts as an “aid to life”. This approach guides the child in the construction of his/her natural love of learning and the child’s inquisitive nature. The classroom curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of each developmental stage. The Montessori classroom community is a mixed age group where students are provided the opportunity to engage in purposeful and meaningful lessons through the guidance of a certified Montessori teacher. All children have a natural love of learning and joy in making new discoveries. These natural tendencies are nurtured and encouraged by the use of the hands on materials and the teacher so that the children will develop knowledge, concentration, independence, motivation, persistence and self discipline. In the Montessori environment the work is done at the pace according to each individual child. In the Montessori classroom respect is of utmost importance. Through our routine daily work and specific grace and courtesy lessons respect is fostered for each other, ones self and the physical environment. The mixed age group that makes up the classroom allows the children to learn from one another and allows for individual and social development. The younger children learn from observing the older children while the older children practice being good role models. The classroom community gives the children a safe and nurturing place that helps build self-esteem and confidence, while learning to be responsible caring individuals.The Montessori curriculum gives the child the opportunity to explore the world around them. Language, art, science, mathematics, and music are some of the components of the Montessori experience. The curriculum is entirely open ended with limitless possibilities for discovery. The environment is completely dedicated to the needs of the child. The furniture and materials are made with the specific purpose of encouraging independence and the building of ones self-esteem. The works and the order of the classroom are designed with the respect of the child in mind which is the basis of the Montessori philosophy. The outdoor environment is an extension of the classroom into nature. Some of the activities include wood working, art, gardening and science through natural discovery. The primary class is made up of children that range in age from three to six. At this age children are like sponges that absorb all of the information that is in their environment and culture. The primary classroom consists of four basic areas, practical life, sensorial, language development, and mathematics.

Practical Life – Practical life consists of materials that help the child to build independence, concentration, order, and control of movement. These materials provide experiences of daily life which include buttoning, tying laces, washing dishes, preparing snack and lessons of grace and courtesy. The work in this area enhances the child’s sense of order and his ability to concentrate so that as they move on to other areas of interest they are able to stay with a task from beginning to end.

Sensorial – The Sensorial works purpose is to heighten the child’s ability to explore his environment through all of his senses. Through sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell the child is able to order and classify the world around him with clarity and meaning.

Language Development – Language development is guided through oral language activities and a multi-sensory phonics approach to reading and writing. Geography, science, art, and music are all integrated into the curriculum through extensions in the language and sensorial areas of the classroom.

Mathematics – Math is taught by the use of concrete materials which the child experiences on a daily basis with the goal to prepare them for problem solving and more abstract reasoning.

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