The Montessori Classroom is based on well researched and proven techniques formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori. Through her research she established that “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six.”
In the Montessori classroom the children work independently at their own pace. While in the Montessori classroom environment, where there are independent choices, the child stimulates his/her own natural instincts and interests for self-directed learning. The child becomes interested and self-motivated to work cooperatively, become responsible and independent, gain effective communication and leadership skills and appreciate diversity. Dr. Maria Montessori developed a well founded program for the education of the young child which include the five major areas as follows:
Practical Life materials and exercises develop coordination, concentration, organization, and independence while achieving skills to care for themselves and the environment.
The Sensorial materials provide a range of activities and exercises for the child to explore. The Montessori materials help the child in learning to differentiate between sizes, shapes, sounds, colors, textures, and taste.
Throughout the entire Montessori environment, the child hears and is encouraged to use precise vocabulary. The language materials first introduce the child to the marvelous twenty-six letters of the alphabet and their phonetic sounds, which later enables the child to begin building words, sentences and whole stories using the moveable alphabet.
The young child naturally has a mathematical mind. They have the capacity to reason, to calculate, and to estimate. The Mathematics materials asset the child in developing their mathematical skills.
Through Monthly Unit Studies, taught in a “traditional structured group setting”, your child will be introduced to the study of Science, History, Geography, Art, and Music. Each month your child’s classroom will Explore, Discover, and Learn about different Unit Studies, such as: Life Cycles, Plant Life, our World, the Solar System, the Five Food Groups, our Five Senses, Dental Hygiene, the Heart, Cultural Traditions, celebration of Holidays, and many more!