The math curriculum in the Montessori classroom is completely hands-on. It starts with simple 1-10 lessons that encourage numeral recognition and quantity. Because of the nature of the materials, children will begin to understand "this says 5" and "this is 5". We progressively move to teens and tens. Throughout the year we will introduce counting 1-100, fractions, measurement, simple addition, money value, and telling time. Children will use these concepts as the building blocks for the many mathematical concepts they will encounter in future school settings.
The sensorial are of the Montessori classrooms builds upon the fact that young children take in the world and the environment through their senses. Each of the materials isolates one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound, smell, etc. While using the various materials, the child is learning skills and devloping concepts which can later help in devloping a mathematical mind and help prepare for reading and writing. Children become aware of forming patterns, one to one correspondence, classification and abstract thinking.
Children are first introduced to the phoenetic sounds of the alphabet by engaging their senses of sight, sound and touch. While children progress towards sound recognition, they are being exposed to Montessori materials designed to develop pre-reading and writing skills. Our language curriculum extends beyond sound recognition to include blendin 3-letter words and independent reading.
Everyday Living/Practical Life
The Montessori environment is enriched with materials and experiences that aid the child in developing coordination, concentration, independence, and sense of order. Helping children develop these skills is the foundation of the Montessori philosophy. The Everyday Living/Practical Life curriculum focuses on these skills by teaching children how to care for themselves, others, and their environment.
Children participate in weekly art experiences. We provide opportunities for children to enjoy the process of creating their art pieces, while offering time to make seasonal and themed crafts. Individual activities are available throughout the day to practice skills such as cutting, gluing, drawing, and painting. We also like to present a study on famous artists and allow children to replicate the style and forms of art we explore!
Music and Movement
Music is used to enrich our Montessori curriculum and give little ones time to express their energy! We learn how to keep rhythm, follow directions, build coordination, and appreciate different styles of music.
We acknowledge children's natural curiosity to learn about the world around them. Our hands-on science curriculum is not on informational, but offers time to observe and explore. Science is a broad category and we like to introduce topics we believe children will find meaningful.
Geography and Cultural Studies
Many topics are presented in geography and cultural studies. We engage children in learning more about our beautiful planet and the people who live here. By using unique Montessori materials designed to teach geography and incorporating music, books, food and country displays, we truly give children a multi-sensory experience while they learn!