Children develop critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity through hands-on experiences that build concentration, coordination, and self-confidence both in the classroom and in the real world.
Practical Lifethe building block of the child’s society and the main objective is “help me to do it myself” through order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Practical life teaches the child real life tasks such as eating, cleaning, and dressing in order to become independent and self-disciplined through activities that teach care of person, care of the environment, and care of the world.
Sensoriala gateway to knowledge through the exploration of the five senses. This curriculum area contains specific sensorial materials that are colorful in appearance and allow the child to sort things based on size, shape, color, touch, sound, temperature, smell, and by weight. These activities develop the child’s visual, audio, discrimination and eye & hand coordination. Children learn to organize things in a scientific manner and are prepared for reading and writing.
Languagean innate and human nature to express oneself. The child begins absorbing sounds and speech patterns since birth and the Montessori classroom is a natural extension of these patterns of communication. Montessori takes a phonetics approach to teaching language that emphasizes the sound and recognition of letters. This allows for a seamless transition into reading and writing. The Montessori approach towards language helps children become independent readers.
Mathematicsthe key that opens doors to further the exploration and maturation of the mathematical mind. Montessori materials are unique in that they isolate a mathematical concept, which progresses from simple to complex or from concrete to abstract. Children learn numbers from zero to thousands through bead material and collective exercises teach addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, and relationship between operations.
Cultural Studiesexploration of science, history, and geography. Science experiments help to understand and appreciate harmony of all things existing on Earth (physical sciences, botany, zoology). This area expands the child’s horizons by providing a cosmic education that inspires curiosity. Diversity is welcomed and all festivals around the world are celebrated in the Montessori classroom.
Physical Growthessential for health and well-being of children; therefore, it is integrated in the Montessori curriculum to enhance physical development through activities such as playing, building, jumping, climbing, and yoga. Social and gross motor skills are promoted through teamwork activities in which children have fun.