Montessori Environment

Montessori Method might be defined as "education by means of liberty in a prepared environment". The "prepared environment" consists of an open and airy classroom with many materials in each area of learning displayed in an ordered fashion. This ordered environment strives to create an ordered life. The child learns to return each "job" to its place before choosing a new project.

The pre-school child has the free choice of jobs within the prepared environment, which creates independence and self-direction. The free choice is limited to each material not already in use by another child unless the child using a specific material "invites" another child to and or share in the project. This develops the respect of individuals and their rights.

The elementary child works on a "contract" basis. The child has the responsibility of scheduling his or her time to complete a given amount of work in a given amount of time, yet has the freedom of sequence. 

The five traditional Montessori areas of education are:


Practical Life Exercise

The Exercises of Practical Life, which are the foundation of a Montessori environment, provide a sane and wholesome range of activities that allow a child to develop control and coordination of movement, awareness, of his/her environment, good work habits, responsibility, concentration, attention, independence, order and positive self-image which can be attained by spontaneous and purposeful work.

Sensorial Training 

Children learn through their five senses. The primary purpose of sensorial exercises is to further refine his/her senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing. The materials used in the sensorial exercises will be unlike anything else that a child has encountered in the way of playthings. A child will be able to perceive sizes, shapes, colours, sounds, textures, odours etc.

The sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, Botany, Art and Music.

Montessori Language

A multi-sensory approach that combines phonics, stories and language experiences to bring meaning to the learning of reading and writing. In the system, the child does not learn by heart, but utilizes all his/her senses to help him/her read and write with proper understanding. Discovery becomes interesting, fun and creative through activities in the Pink, Blue and Green Montessori language series. 

Grammar will be taught to enhance the child's attention to the use of words in everyday speaking. 

Montessori Mathematics 

An activity-based programme that allows your child to have hands-on experience in learning mathematical concepts. Montessori arithmetic is taught through the manipulation of concrete objects. Your child will be taught addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, reading of clock, the decimal system, number bonds, length, weight, calendar, capacity, graph, money and problem solving. 

Cultural Subjects 

The Montessori cultural subjects cover: 

Nature study 
Its includes the study of living and non-living things. Children will have the opportunity to explore and understand their environment. 

Botany and Zoology
Children are exposed to the study of plants and animals. They will be taught to classify impressions into clear and simple categories.

Geography
To launch the child's exploration of the world's physical environment, children are introduced to various continents, countries, states, land and water form and the solar system.

History 
Through creative activities such as modeling, painting and collage, children are taught to understand the distinction between past and present and how past events have led to the present situation.