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.
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.
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.
Children love to music. Our aim in this area of study is to strengthen each child’s ability to listen and repeat sounds, differentiate between different musical notes and embody a love of music. We regularly learn new songs that we sing together daily.
This is the experimental area of the classroom. The direct aim of presenting physics to the young chid is to provide them with experiences in observing natural phenomena in order to understand and discuss what has taken place. By doing so, we foster the chid's curiosity and experimental nature.
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 one's vocabulary.
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.
Perceptual Motor Development
Perceptual Motor Devlopment, or PMD, is a fancy way of saying phsical and mental development. PMD exercises the brain as much as it does the body. Engaging the child in physical activities (i.e. walking across a balance beam very slowly) and obeserving their movements helps us to identify strengths and weaknesses in each child's development. Our goal is to move a child's body in ways he otherwise might not in order to build connections in various parts of the brains.