Curriculum

Practical Life

 

Practical life is the bread and butter of our Montessori classroom. Through repetition of movement, each of our students develop and strengthen coordination, independence, inner and external order, and concentration. Our goal is that the result of their actions will create a beautiful and complete final product. It is here, in practical life, that the child begins to stimulate their intellect.

Sewing

 

Along with practical life, this area of study is unique to Montessori education. The purpose of providing children an opportunity to sew is to continue to develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and concentration. Our goal is to offer our students as many chances as possible to train their young eyes to cross the midline in preparation for mathematics and advanced language.

Sensorimotor

 

The area of study which ignites and exercises all of our senses. This area was designed to develop in a child the keen ability to discriminate between each of the senses in order to heighten their understanding of the physical world. It is by using and reusing each of the sensorial materials that our students prepare themselves for mathematics and language studies.

Music

 

Children love music. Our aim in this area of study is to strengthen each child’s ability to listen to and repeat sounds, differentiate between different musical notes and embody a love of music. We regularly learn new songs and occasionally go on musical parades with a variety of instruments. 

Mathematics

 

Montessori math is a surprisingly mobile area of learning. Here our students begin to transition into mathematical thinking by engaging with concrete materials, all the while committing facts to memory. The goal is that the child’s actions will result in an organized and accurate final product.

Language

 

Language is a skill that develops chronologically from listening, to writing, to reading. There are opportunities for language to develop in every area of the classroom. In addition, our students are introduced to writing and reading concepts by using concrete materials on which to practice. 

Creativity
 
There are chances to chose creative work all over the classroom. Each area of study mentioned above provides a number of opportunities for artistic expression. Our students are free to create their own posters, maps, books and drawings in order to more deeply study a particular subject. In addition, we provide real artist tools and materials to offer each child a chance to create open-ended art projects. 

Biology

 

This is the area of the classroom in which children begin to classify the natural world. Introducing biology instills a sense of awe and wonder in the young child regarding nature. By including the care of live plants and animals into our classroom, each child begeins to learn to exist on nature's terms. Studying biology also aids in language development by extending the child's vocabulary.

Geography
 
By studying geography, our students begin to think beyond themselves. Through the use of geographic materials and continuous conversation, our students develop a concrete understanding of where one exists is space relative to the rest of the universe. This area of study fosters a sense of exploration in the young child. The Montessori approach to geography applies a cosmic perspective by first discussing the expansiveness of the solar system (i.e. space) and then working backwards towards the earth and its features in smaller and smaller increments.

Culture

 

Cultural studies are woven into our curriculum. By exploring countries through customs, food, music, language, folk tails and stories, and indigenous plants and animals, our students gain awareness of their world. Early exposure to a variety of cultures develops an understanding and acceptance of people who differ from one another. We aim to provide children with a strong sense of how to live within a global community. 

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