Our curriculum includes seven areas essential to child development: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Arts, Music, Mathematics, Cultural and Science.
Practical Life offers our students exercises in daily living that serve as a foundation for their development. These exercises continue throughout the Elementary program. This area enhances the development of order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Children take initiative in caring for themselves and the environment. Gross and fine motor skills are promoted to prepare them for future academic work.
The purpose of the Sensorial area is to increase children’s awareness and ability to classify their work through their five senses. The child’s first introductions to mathematics are through materials that involve dimension, weight, sequence, quantity, gradation, serration, and measurement. These attractive materials increase children’s ability to categorize their environment according to their sensory input.
In the Primary program, the children focus on enrichment of oral language, development of perceptual skill, development of fine motor skills and direct preparation for reading and writing. The purpose of the Elementary language program is to create students who are successful readers, writers, listeners, and seekers. Individualized instruction is offered in phonics, grammar, reading analysis, word study, creative writing, handwriting, spelling, drama, public speaking, and poetry and research skills.
The Montessori materials promote the self-discovery of mathematical concepts with the didactic materials children are introduced to. These include; the decimal system, static and dynamic operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, graphing, time, and measurement. The study of the fundamentals of algebra and geometry enhance the abstraction of complicated relationships; area and volume, squares and square roots, and dimensions. The goal for each student is to have an intuitive understanding of numbers and how they can be used and adapted in the everyday world.
Cultural education in the Montessori classroom includes the study of geography, history, and an appreciation and awareness of other cultures. Primary students begin their journey toward understanding the physical aspects of the earth: continents, land, air, and water, while working to identify countries, states, and capitals in depth. This knowledge includes the exploration of different cultures, their people, animals, clothing, food, physical geography, and holidays. Elementary students expand their knowledge of countries and continents by immersing themselves in independent research into their own personal and cultural background. They also investigate a specific country’s economic structure, government, population, and trades.
Primary students begin studying physical and natural sciences by classifying living and non-living materials. The study of physical and natural sciences is followed by activities in botany and zoology. At the elementary level, each science discipline (geology, botany, zoology, chemistry, and physics) is presented in a broad sense and is followed by subsequent elaboration and detail. Activities in science are aimed to assist the student in combining scientific, personal, and social elements into a working model of efficiency and cooperation.
The classical music, animal sounds and childhood melodies that float throughout Montessori Music Center are a major part of our total child approach. Research indicates that music stimulates brain development and helps form powerful life-long patterns.