All activities connected with looking after one’s self and one's surroundings belong to what Dr. Montessori called "Practical Life". These activities prepare children to care for themselves and the environment and give each child a sense of mastery and self-confidence. The main areas are care of the person (dressing, washing hands, and food preparation), care of the environment (sweeping, washing clothes, and gardening) and grace and courtesy (walking in the classroom, offering food, saying "please" and "thank you"). Montessori – trained teachers help children to develop coordination, concentration and good work habits. Opportunities to do gardening at Children’s Montessori Centre also contribute to experience a lot of practical life activities like pouring, pruning, digging and raking etc.
Sensorial Montessori materials are designed to heighten the child’s senses of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Children’s senses are a key to understanding and classifying the environment. Children are always introduced to the concrete before moving towards abstract. Everything is carefully displayed in order on the shelves that are at the child’s height so that the child uses them and return them when finished, to appeal to the sense of order in the child. Specially designed Montessori material encourages different discoveries through all the senses
Using simple alphabet cut-outs and sandpaper letters, children learn the sounds of letters and soon are linking sounds to make words, then words to make sentences. Children first develop the fine muscle coordination necessary to master writing with the Practical Life and Sensorial materials. They soon progress to writing letters. Young children love to learn the names of all objects in their environment. We present real objects whenever possible. Phonetic sounds are also introduced through sandpaper letters, laying a solid foundation for word formation and reading.
The foundation of a love of mathematics comes not from rote lessons, but from the joyful experiences of seeing the shapes of objects, exploration with the hands and from movement. The formation of the mathematical mind, which will last a lifetime, begins with simple activities -collecting, sorting, sequencing, counting, comparing and discovering relationships and patterns through these activities. Sandpaper numbers help the children learn the symbols from 0 - 9. Using self-correcting materials, children learn not only number recognition and place value, but also to solve problems and to develop a visual image of mathematical.
Music and song play a significant role in young children's development. As we make our way through each continent, we will be exploring the foods, clothing and cultural celebrations from each continent. Whenever possible we will try to find real examples to demonstrate a cultural awareness in all our students.
Art and Crafts
Arts and Craft materials are available to children every day, however a couple times each month we will do a structured craft based on the theme we are studying. These may include painting, gluing, drawing or constructing. There will always be a wide range of puzzles and fine motor activities in the class These activities will gradually move from simple to more complex. As children progress, more challenging materials are made available.
Afternoons are much lighter at Children’s Montessori Centre. Children are encouraged to get involved in structured art and craft activities like origami, knitting and sewing apart from the other curriculum activities. We also do Music and Yoga and occasional cooking in the afternoons.