"Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child"
- Magda Gerber
Practical Life Activities
Linking the activities the child is familiar with at home to the Montessori environment forms an introduction and smooth transition to the Montessori school. Through practical life activities, children develop a sense of order, focus, independence, fine motor skills and more.
Everyone is born a sensorial explorer - exploring the world using our senses. Using the materials, the Montessori curriculum sharpens a child's ability to discriminate and order. This makes them not only more logical, but also perceptive and aware of the world around them.
According to Montessori philosophies, math is not just limited to numbers and equations. Learning math in the early years develops children to think logically and critically, and this is accomplished using concrete-materials. The materials, which are multi-sensory and manipulative, introduce the most abstract concepts in a sequential discipline, allowing the child to explore their mathematical mind. Anyone can memorize mathematical concepts, but Montessori focuses on children understanding. It's about the process, not the product.
Montessori classrooms utilize a phonetic approach. Learning a language is a holistic developmental process involving the mind and the hand, using sensory development as an enabler. The child not only hears but sees the letter, subsequently tracing the letter's itself. Looking becomes reading, touching becomes writing. Learning a language can be supplemented through songs, poems, stories, and most importantly, talking to the child.
Music and movement aid in the healthy development of the child. Children absorb music by listening to lyrics and rhythms, while playing a variety musical instruments.
This area provides children with an opportunity to explore the larger world that surrounds them. Children learn about people, terrain, plants, animals, and landmarks from all across the world.
Work & Play
Playing? That's right! As important as it is to work hard, children must be exposed to free play. I strongly encourage my students to take breaks and play, as I believe playful experiences are learning experiences.
Playing has many benefits including creative thinking; development of imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. It is through playing that children, at a very young age, interact with the world around them.