OUR PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM
THE FIVE AREAS OF THE MONTESSORI CHILD EDUCATION
The purpose of exercises such as sorting, pouring, lacing, cutting, folding, polishing, sweeping, washing dishes, opening and closing, food preparation, etc. that children use in their day to day lives, is to develop concentration, hand-eye coordination, attention to detail and muscle development, which indirectly prepares a child for writing.
The purpose of the sensorial exercises is the isolation of a single quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, sound and smell in each exercise. Sensorial material in a Montessori classroom helps children to discriminate, classify, and compare concepts such as length, height, weight, width and depth.
Language is the ability our children use to express themselves with words. The Montessori language curriculum is meticulously designed to give children the tools with which to express themselves both in verbal and written form. Language is essential for them to reach their highest potential.
“The Montessori child does not learn math, h/she experiences it.” In math, a child begins learning mathematical concepts through the use of concrete mathematical material such as the Number Rods, Sandpaper Numbers, Beads, Symbol Cards which familiarize the child with the decimal system. The child eventually graduates to abstraction in mathematical computation. Children master the four basic operations of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division using the Montessori material.
The Montessori environment is rich with cultural Preschool materials. The children relish the opportunity to work in the cultural areas. These areas include: geography, science, botany, zoology, history, foreign language and much more. The children experience our world with real-life, hands-on learning, exploring and studying all that the world has to teach us. In addition to the above Montessori curriculum, our program include Spanish, cooking, baking, music and movement, sports and a variety of extra curricular activities.
“The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori