These are the activities of everyday living and are very important in the development of a child.
The child learns to care for themselves, the environment and others as well as Grace and courtesy skills
The child learns to:
Dress, groom and prepare their own snack.
Clean, wash clothes, pegging and gardening
Walking carefully, carrying objects properly and using good manners
Practical skills such as pouring, using a spoon, folding, using tools, cutting and beading are all examples of activities from the Practical life area.
This area is excellent as it helps the child practice hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills and basic daily functions. In perfecting these skills the child forms self-confidence, concertation and sense of order.
This area focuses on exploration and understanding of a child’s environment. The Sensorial materials are designed to isolate each sense, so children can work independently to organise and understand their work without the fear of failure. The senses the child will refine by using the Sensorial materials during a sensitive period are:
The Sensorial materials also prepare the child for Mathematics, Geometry, Language, writing and logical thinking.
Every lesson in Language is presented in order from left to right, giving the child an early concept of reading and writing. Expanding their vocabulary will increase their understanding the world around them. After learning simple language works that teach order, the child will start to learn sounds using the Sandpaper letters. The child will then start to hear different sounds in words using the object boxes, which help children build on their foundation of vocabulary, and allow them to hear the initial sounds in different words. The child will then learn to identify the end and middle sounds in simple words. The next step is learning how to spell and read, when a child can read, grammar is introduced. Language is a process of learning that starts out very simple and concrete, and advances to more abstract thinking.
Practical life and Sensorial materials provide a strong foundation for Mathematics. Both these areas have indirect learning skills preparing them for later Maths, where the child is able to discover Mathematics with a hands-on approach. Arithmetic, algebra and geometry are all incorporated to educate each other, and allow a child to physically manipulate the material in order to form a concrete understanding of Mathematics, and make it easier to understand more abstract concepts
The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects. Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology, and History are included. Art and Music are also considered a part of the Cultural Area of the classroom. The Montessori cultural studies is another thing that makes the Montessori classroom different from other ones!
Geography – During the year subjects discussed in Geography are things such as: land, air, and water, maps, continents, people, food and music from other countries.
Science –science include subjects such as: four seasons, the five senses, why leaves change colour, layers of the earth, parts of a volcano, and biomes of the earth.
Zoology – This is the area where the focus is learning about animals. Invertebrates will be discussed also including insects, worms, and spiders.
Botany – Seeds, parts of a plant, kinds of trees, herbs and spices, and what plants give us, are some of the subjects that are discussed in Botany.
The learning areas allow children to make choices from a range of available, developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate learning through the use of traditional Montessori-based materials.
In addition to the Montessori materials, all items within the classroom are scaled to the child’s size, including furniture, shelves, utensils, dish-ware, cleaning implements and washroom facilities.
You won’t find the customary rows of school desks; rather children work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and define their work space.
We also have a library where the children can read or be read to. Both our classrooms are colourful and warm and equipped with all the correct equipment to make learning fun.
Each classroom is uniquely suited to the needs of its children. Above all, each classroom is warm, well-organized, and inviting to help learners feel calm and at home.