This area of curriculum is designed to invite the young learner to act and work on real life tasks that foster independence, coordination, order and concentration. It is in a sense the doorway to the Montessori curriculum. This is the stage where the child may first choose independent work. The practical life area contains many attractively displayed objects familiar to the child like eating, dressing and cleaning. They offer the child meaningful, non-threatening modes of activity.
Dr. Montessori saw the senses as the “doorway to the mind”. She considered sensory and manipulation not only an aid to the development of maturing sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin) but a starting point for the intellectual growth. The basic sensorial exercise inspires careful observation and calls attention to specific qualities requiring identification of similarities and contrasts. The mind must judge, compare, classify and draw conclusions. These exercises tend to fascinate children because they are difficult enough to represent a real and meaningful challenge.
Many students enter school today with the knowledge of counting without understanding the quantity of numbers. They have only the concept of numbers. At first, the children are practiced by demonstrating the mathematical materials and afterwards the symbol for numbers. Finally, the children learn about the decimal system, the process of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with the help of specially designed materials.
The children will begin to work out math problems on the paper. The use of concrete materials is not necessary as the children enter into the abstract process. In this process, they learn the addition means “putting things together” and the subtraction means “taking things away”. After entering into the Montessori philosophy and method, they will have a thorough understanding of what numbers mean and will be able to comprehend the mathematical facts. The Montessori math curriculum is based on the European tradition of Unified Math”, which has only recently been recognized by the leading American educators. Unified Math introduces elementary students to the study of the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, logic and statistical along with the principles of arithmetic. This study continues every year, weaving together subjects that traditional schools normally ignore until the secondary grades.
This area of curriculum is introduced to the children as early as age three. Due to the interest of the children in puzzle, we have large, brightly colored wooden geographical puzzles. Each has a map to a particular continent, where children learn to reassemble the pieces representing the individual countries. They can all learn the countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia.
The children should be well-informed about the historical aspects like culture, tradition, religion, art, heritage, custom, language script etc. In our school, the children get the golden opportunity to visit all the locally available historical places and observe and study other various aspects of familiarizing our students with these places and things like historical temples, museums, cultural heritages, arts so that they can develop their knowledge about the history.
An integral part of the Montessori curriculum is Science. Among other things, it represents things and animals around us, babies and homes of animals, plants around us, parts of a plant, the sky, house, means of transport, things of daily uses, our hygiene, safety rules, air, water and weather. This is the area where the children learns to use the things around them. They use those things in the right time at the right place. They are familiar to those things like home, bed, table, fruits, daily used things, food and start learning to use them appropriately. It may take a time to learn but it is always practical.
Our dance program is designed to teach children that they have potential to fulfill their dreams, and that they can do remarkable things when they put their minds and bodies to good use. These classes are full of fun and educational lesson plans designed to teach your child ballet, tap, tumbling, stage presence, music appreciation, grace and so much more.
The soccer program is based on learning through play “when play comes first, learning comes naturally”. Each class is offered by professionally qualified, child-friendly coaches. Coaches take the children through the basics of soccer and enable them to gain confidence in their own abilities.
A fun, traditional approach to play the piano through note recognition exercises, creative theory, singing, playing songs. Increasing attention span, coordination, self esteem and confidence are just a few of the benefits of learning to play piano at a very early age.
Sports and Fitness
This program introduces sports and fitness to students in a hands on setting. Activity plans are incorporated which offer a different sport or activity with each class. Most of all, this program is chock full of fun and children are excited and eager to participate