C U R R I C U L U M - M O N T E S S O R I  &  R E G G I O

Practical life activities are aimed at developing social skills and personal independance. The activities are familiar to the things the children see adults do everyday. These activities include pouring, sifting, cleaning spills, folding towels, opening and closing buttons and zippers, folding socks, sorting items and so on. These activities are well planned and the materials used are small so that the children can handle them with ease. Practical life activities also teach the children a developing sense of order, builds their attention span, teaches them responsibility and independence through care for themselves and the environment. Children take pride in their work and become self confident once they master the practical life skills.

 

 

 

Practical Life Activities

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Sensorial Materials

Senses play an important role throughout our lives. Children respond to their environment through the senses and develop sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Children are often interested in intricacies of the object instead of the object as a whole. Dr. Montessori's sensorial materials are designed to stimulate and refine the senses and perfect their functions. Unlike other materials, sensorial materials are scientifically designed to be different that the items that the children see everyday. It is designed that way so that the child's mind is open to whatever it teaches him and he has no preconcieved notions of the funtions of the material.

 

Sensorial training is important because;

- It provides for learning in an orderly manner which is beneficial for psychological and neurological development

- If a sense is isolated it can become more refined.

- It is based on learning sequence, from concrete to abstract.

- It builds a childs concentration and attention.

 

Language Skills

Language plays an important role in the life of a person. Language opens the door for overall human development. At our school we use the phonetic approach to introduce the children to sounds and print. Learning to express themselves, listening, reading and writing are all part of the language skills. We use different activities to develop each part of linguistic skills. Circle time activities where we read stories and discuss pictures, are aimed at developing listening skills and self expression. "Show & Tell" activities are aimed at developing public speaking skills. We also encourage children to read and write by the time they are in kindergarten.

Mathematics

Math skills are introduced when the child moves from sensorial explorations to measuring and counting. A child reaches the intellectual maturity to learn math when he notices the difference between quantity and sizes and begins asking questions like "how much" and "how many?". This intellectual maturity occurs naturally in every child. In a Montessori environment the child learns math and actually enjoys it because he/she is introduced to concrete materials to help him understand. Instead of seeing only the number 1, 100 or 1/4 in print, the child is actually able to hold these quantities. This gives a child the chance to discover and explore rather than memorize and repeat what he has been told.

Zoology & Botany

The study of History is interesting. Because children live mostly in the present they have a hard time imagining the passage of time. With simple calendar activities like names of days, dates and seasons children realize that there is a transition from one moment to the next. Also through observing themselves grow they realize that time can be stretched way back and has a possibility to go into unknown future. From time to time we may ask parents to send pictures of their children from birth to present age so we can chart the difference. Also other activities like height and age are fun to do.

 

Geography provides a deep insight to the child about the world. They learn that the world is made up of different countries, different people and different languages. They also learn about different landforms on earth. We will learn about different countries through books, puzzles, maps and also sharing some stories from the part of the world we all come from. Children love to discuss their holidays and that is a good way to learn about different places. We request parents to bring us souvenirs and photographs when they visit other countries. Its fun to discover the world together with the children! Their questions open the door to more learning and discovery.

History & Georgaphy

Math skills are introduced when the child moves from sensorial explorations to measuring and counting. A child reaches the intellectual maturity to learn math when he notices the difference between quantity and sizes and begins asking questions like "how much" and "how many?". This intellectual maturity occurs naturally in every child. In a Montessori environment the child learns math and actually enjoys it because he/she is introduced to concrete materials to help him understand. Instead of seeing only the number 1, 100 or 1/4 in print, the child is actually able to hold these quantities. This gives a child the chance to discover and explore rather than memorize and repeat what he has been told.

Physical Activities

Physical acitivities are beneficial for developing the gross motor muscles and for overall physical health. We have a well equiped playground that provides for gross motor activities. At different times we will also be doing balancing activities and gymnastics. Nature walks will be a must on nice winter days. Please make sure that the children have good winter gear. The school also holds sports day once the year depending on participation and parent volunteers. On days of extreme weather we make sure that the children get some physical exercise indoors through songs and games.

 

REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

Our programs are based on a UNIQUE combination of Montessori & Reggio philosophies. 

Reggio Principles believe;

  • Children are capable to construct their own learning

  • Children are communicators and are encouraged to express themselves

  • Documentation is a critical component of communication

At our Centres we document children's work through pictures, create opportunities to venture outdoors for field trips, discover & explore through Science projects and art exhibits.

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