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The children at work



The Montessori classroom is indeed a child’s world. It is geared to the size, the pace, and interests of children up to 6 years. It is designed to put the child at ease by giving him freedom in an environment prepared with attractive materials. These materials are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest youngster. Tables and chairs in the classroom are movable, permitting a flexible arrangement for many activities. The children also work on small rugs on the floor where they are naturally comfortable.

The Montessori classroom includes children of different ages. By placing a child in such a classroom, they are exposed to a wide range of possibilities. When they first begin school they will have the benefit of learning from older and more experienced children. Later on, they will be able to help others with the learning skills they have already mastered. Your child will thus develop social skills and cultural sensitivity which are essential in today's world.

The Montessori method of education places emphasis on the child progressing at his own pace. The child is given a presentation by the teacher, and individual time is spent with the child to ensure that the child understands what is expected.

Students are assessed based on the teacher’s observation and progress at the student’s own pace without undue pressure. Individual plans are formulated for each child and students are assessed on an ongoing basis.

Parents are kept informed of the child’s progress via Parent Interviews and report cards.


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The 5 main areas in a montessori classroom


Sensorial Exercises
Children don't just learn through listening - they also learn through touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and exploring.

Practical Life Exercises
The beginning activities for 2½ - to 4-year olds - care of self, care of the environment, and social graces - are designed to help the child acquire a sense of order, independence and concentration essential for later learning.

Language
Children learn the phonetic sounds of letters before they learn the alphabetical names. This phonetic approach takes the children step by step into the world of reading.

Math
Children follow a sequential progression from very concrete exercises to the more abstract. This helps them grasp the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and provides an introduction to the decimal system.

Culture
Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, language and animals.
 
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Also included in the program are:

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French

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A variety of basic visual art media

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Music, singing and creative movement

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Outdoor play


“We must not educate our children for today’s world, as this world will not exist when they are grown up”
(Dr. Maria Montessori).
 

 
 

 

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