The Montessori Curriculum
The curriculum involves five main areas:
Exercises of Everyday Living
These exercises include elementary skills and activities such as cutting and pouring, dressing, washing and drying hands; exercises for care of the environment including the classroom, garden and the home; self care skills and the development of social skills, grace and courtesy.
This apparatus is designed to stimulate the five senses thereby allowing the child to use their own experiences to formulate new concepts. The apparatus is graded so that the child can begin with a simple exercise and quickly progress to using the same familiar piece of apparatus in a much more sophisticated way. Much of the groundwork for the Maths and Language areas of the curriculum is covered here.
The Montessori mathematical material is designed to ensure that the young child is given a great deal of practical number work. For example a child counts using objects and a fixed number line before moving onto a more complex activity using only numbers.
The Montessori language curriculum is carefully structured so that each child progresses towards reading and writing at his or her own pace. The reading material is phonic i.e. sound-based. Giving the child a good base for years of enjoyment through books.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Children have a fascination for nature; where things come from and how they grow, so we will encourage them to develop this through various nature projects.
We hold regular music sessions, encouraging children to express themselves naturally whilst at the same time learning rhythm and pitch.
The Montessori curriculum also covers Geography, History, Creativity and Cultural studies.