Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori Children Preschool Class Descriptions
This area of the classroom has exercises that help the child learn how to care for himself and his environment. The different exercises would be: washing hands, polishing shoes, using dressing frames, sweeping, arranging flowers and washing and drying dishes. The child also learns how to act in every day social situations by using grace and courtesy exercises that give the child a sense of respect and belonging to their community.
A child is creating his intelligence through his experience in the environment. Through all his senses, the child explores his environment, gathering vague impressions. The Montessori Sensorial Materials aid the child by enabling him to make conscious classification, clarification and organization of these impressions. The materials develop the child’s ability to distinguish qualities in objects. Each piece of material provides the opportunity for the child to be active with his hands.
To aid the child’s mathematical mind, we provide math as a part of the child’s daily life experiences. The child helps set up snack for himself and his friends. We explain the number of pieces he can have and the amount of juice he should pour. Using the Montessori math materials, the child learns the quantity of a number, to the recognition of symbol, and then brings them together to fully understand the mathematical meaning of numbers.
To help the child with his verbal expression, the teacher carries on natural conversations by telling him stories and encouraging him to speak distinctly. The child will be encouraged to tell his own stories of events that have happened to him. The language materials give the child the skills to begin writing and reading first phonetic sounds, then words.
Culture and Geography
Give children as many real, hands-on experiences as possible before introducing abstract concepts like naming and classification. With a concrete experience “in hand,” Montessori children are inspired to learn everything about everything! In this area of the classroom children learn geography is the study of place and how humans have adapted to all of Earth’s environments. Physical geography looks at the outward appearance of the environment. Cultural geography looks at what Maria Montessori called humankind’s ability to “continue the work of creation.” Through meeting the basic human needs for food, shelter; and clothing, groups of people developed language, tools, transportation, rituals and celebrations, religion, music, art, and crafts. By celebrating other traditions with food, music, and stories, children can begin to see the uniqueness of other cultures, yet come to understand how much we all have in common.
The work of classification and language are extended in the Cultural area. Materials are available to enable scientific exploration of biology, geography, history, and physical/earth science.
We have a “cosmic” approach which allows maps, flags, booklets, and models of land and water formation to be used by the children to explore the world’s continents and oceans, and people and customs, leading to an appreciation of the human family with its rich variety.
Give children as many real, hands-on experiences as possible before introducing abstract concepts like naming and classification. With a concrete experience “in hand,” Montessori children are inspired to learn everything about everything! Observing classroom plants and animals is a natural way to explore the world. Float-and-sink will whet their appetite for more hands-on physical science! With the right presentation, access to materials, and an opportunity for follow-up research, children will begin to comprehend the laws of physics and even the nature of the universe.
Montessori Children’s classroom has a dedicated art area. This lets kids know that art is important, and also gives them a chance to explore different kinds of art and different art media. The philosophy is treated the same with the art shelf like any other area of the classroom—children are free to choose the work throughout the day, working alone or in pairs.
Movement and Music: Integrated Into the Prepared Environment
The arts are not treated as specialty subjects in Montessori. Instead, movement and music activities are viewed as integral forms of self-expression, and they complement and enhance the children’s ongoing explorations, including the enrichment of vocabulary. The materials for movement and music are integrated into the prepared environment as part of the day-to-day activities of the children.
Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core.”
“Let us treat them [children], therefore, with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them.”
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Our Morning Program Hours:
9:30am – 12:00pm
Monday to Friday
Our Afternoon Program Hours:
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
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