Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori method utilizes exercises and material in the classroom that await each child’s “moment of discovery” in various areas.

The materials are innately enticing, appealing to the child’s natural interests and instincts, and actively engage her in “academic discovery,” learning and work. They provide a progression from hands on learning to abstraction, involve physical movement, are aesthetically designed, isolate one skill problem, and allow for self-correction.

Materials/Exercises can be divided into three main groups:

life skills learningPractical Life 

This area refines everyday gestures, activities and behaviors which the child sees the adults around him perform. Exercises focus learning on caring for himself and the environment, social behaviors and movement. This area develops concentration, co-ordination, social skills, and independence.

learn by touchSensorial

This area refines the child’s sense of discrimination. The materials and exercises do not present the child with new impressions, but rather order, categorize and systemize the vast assortment of impressions she has already received and will continually go on receiving. The child will learn to materialize abstractions on her own.

Academic

learn to writeLanguage: Children in a Montessori environment are introduced to reading and writing phonetically through the use of hands on materials that focus on vocabulary development, the preparation of the hand for writing and the introduction of the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.



learn mathMath
: In a Montessori environment mathematics are approached in a concrete hands-on manner. Beginning with materials to understand the concepts of 1 to 10, the child is then able to move into all areas of mathematics learning about larger numbers (1, 10, 100, 1000’s), teens, skip counting, and fractions all in their concrete form. Mathematically abstraction comes later in the elementary program.

Science, geography, history and a second language is also introduced.

learn geography

Cultural

These areas are supplemented and enriched by additional activities in the classroom such as group theme work, music appreciation, singing, choral speech, creative movement, arts, and games.