Our goal is to provide the child with a good academic foundation, self-discipline and to encourage their love of learning. The lessons and activities we provide are age appropriate and geared toward each child’s developmental, academic, social, psychological, and maturational ability. The core curriculum of a Montessori classroom consists of four dimensions: practical life, sensorial, math and language. These areas of the classroom have activities for all ages, and lay the foundation for learning throughout the child’s life.
Many creative and time-tested activities are offered to assist the child in developing fine motor skills, a sense of order, concentration, independence, grace, courtesy, confidence, self esteem, and respect for others. Practical Life exercises develop eye-hand coordination and give the child mastery of his daily needs. These activities include: How to wash hands and clean nails · How to dress oneself · How to use buttons, zippers, snaps, velcro binds etc · How to polish shoes · How to set a table · How to pour without spilling · How to wipe up a spill · How to plant a seed and water plants · How to clean up after oneself · How to draw a person’s attention · How to say “Please” and “Thank you” · How to clip clothespins · How to fold clothes · How to blow ones nose · How to cough and sneeze politely…
Sensorial activities assist the child in developing and refining his sense of perception and distinguishing his impressions. These lessons stimulate and exercise the children’s senses of hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell; and sharpen the senses through comparing and contrasting activities, such as matching, grading, and sequencing objects. Together, these activities form the foundation for mathematical, musical and scientific studies.
At Montessori Children’s House music, drama and singing are part of the scheduled activities to help the child develop an appreciation for sounds and melody.
Our language materials help the child develop skills needed for verbal communication, reading and writing. The prepared environment provides opportunities for speaking, sandpaper letters for learning the sounds of the alphabet, the movable alphabet for constructing words and sentences, metal insets for perfecting a pencil grip, etc.
Through math activities that incorporate the use of concrete materials (rods, beads, cards, etc) children learn to count and then systematically progress to solving complex addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as other mathematical concepts.
Additional Curriculum Areas
The core curriculum is supplemented with many extensions including geography, science and nature studies, art, and peace education. In these areas of the classroom, the children learn to understand and appreciate the world around them.
Geography, Culture and Science Activities
Through multiple activities, the child is introduced to and familiarized with geography, history, botany, zoology, and scientific experiments.
- Geography activities – with globes, flags, puzzles, land shapes, pictures and objects from all over the world – the children are taught the concept of land, water, air, and the world’s regions.
- History is taught by allowing the children to examine their own timeline from birth to the present day. The concept of time is explained through clocks, calendars, seasons, and family trees.
- Botany activities are child-centered using live plants, seedlings, flowers, and fruits – to help him develop an appreciation for the delicate balance of nature.
- Zoology activities develop the children’s fascination with animals and teach them to identify and respect animals’ needs and habits.
- Scientific activities are a fun way to develop a child’s skills of predicting, observing and analyzing.
Everyone is capable, like a small child, of devoting him or herself to this play when it occurs in a space designed with that in mind.
-How can the simple and beneficial act of painting be made accessible to all?
-By creating conditions necessary to the surmounting of prejudices and inhibitions.
Montessori Children’s house provides the special Closlieu space (from the French word “clos”, meaning enclosed or enclosure, and “lieu”, meaning place), created by the French Art Educator Arno Stern. The space stimulates the capacities that allow individuals to realize themselves. It develops those specific abilities that have been stifled by culture and that make each individual, regardless of the moment at which he or she begins Formulation, a more accomplished person. Read more and see a video on: Arno Stern Studio
Education for Peace
Peace Education is one of the most important components of our curriculum. We believe that there is peace and goodness in every child, but not all children have the words and actions to give an outward expression of their inner peace. We feel it is the responsibility of all the adults in our environment to encourage peaceful thoughts and actions, from the children and from each other. We incorporate peace and understanding in our everyday conversations with the children as well as encourage them to settle conflicts using peaceful words and phrases.
The Montessori Children’s house provides the children opportunities to create peace within themselves. We believe that we must nurture that peace through our words and deeds every day. For more information and activities on encouraging peace within children we highly recommended the book Honoring the Light of the Child by Sonnie McFarland