"The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy." -Maria Montessori
Practical life exercises will help the child physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. It will also encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills. These exercises utilise real life objects and activities, such as threading, pouring and polishing but to name but a few. The activities then enable the child to become independent and develop at his own pace. As a child develops his practical life skills, he will become more confident. This then will enable the child to do many things for himself without asking for help, and therefore, his sense of self-worth becomes stronger and more positive.
"The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence." -Maria Montessori
The senses are a very important part of a child, the sense of smell, hearing, touch, taste and sight are the prominent tools used to understand their world. The materials within the sensorial area are all specifically designed to aid the child with each of their senses. The experiences gained through the senses become embedded for life and aid the mathematical mind.
"In our tiny children the evidence of a mathematical bent shows itself in many striking and spontaneous ways." -Maria Montessori
Within the Mathematics area of the classroom, the Montessori materials allow the child to use concrete with the abstract, using learning tools such as number rods, cards and the spindle box. The Mathematic Montessori materials allow children to explore concepts such as fractions, addition and algebra through child-led means.
Communication, Language and Literacy
"...with this method, the teaching of reading is begun simultaneously with that of writing." -Maria Montessori
This area of the curriculum helps your child expand their language and literacy development through song, rhyme, story-telling and books. The Montessori Literacy materials are used to allow the child to feel the way the letter is written, introducing children to reading and writing through stimulating and child-led means, engaging both cognitive and physical skills.
Understanding the World
"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." -Maria Montessori
This area introduces the child to the concepts of science, biology, geography and history, giving them a greater understanding of our world. Children explore these concepts through interactive experiments, globe puzzle maps, land and water forms, animals of the world, and a wide range of other materials. These excersies allow the child to form a bridge between his/her knowledge of their immediate environment and the wider world.
Expressive Arts and Design
"The human hand allows the minds to reveal itself." -Maria Montessori
The Expressive Arts and Design area aims to stimulate the development of children's self-directed creative skills. The creative area is compiled of child accessible paints which include only the primary colours. Children are able to independently discover that the primary colours can, along with white and black make a rainbow. The children are able to choose between brushes, sponges, rollers and stampers in varying sizes. Boxes and collage materials are also made available. In preparing an open-ended creative area, the children have explored a range of media and techniques through spontaneous and child-initiated means. At Montessori, we feel this is essential to nurturing children's divergent thinking.