The Montessori Method
The Montessori Preschool classroom invites children of different ages and developmental stages to work at their own pace and according to their own interests. It encourages them to develop their strengths while providing the opportunity to work on other areas requiring a little more attention.
The second year ages 3.5 – 4.5 the children will be introduced to the Knobless cylinders, Touch Fabrics, Smelling Jars, Baric Tablets, Geometric Cabinet(Basic shapes 2 dimensional), Geometric Solids( 3 dimensional shapes), Number Rods, Sandpaper numbers, Rods and Cards, Spindle Box, Cards and Counters, insets for design, Analysis of sounds through Games, Sandpaper letters, Moveable Alphabet, Pink and Blue Reading Material and all cultural work done in themes. Skills being developed will continue from abovementioned skills now including pencil control, learning and recognizing the sounds of the alphabet phonetically, building words with sounds learnt, learning the concept of numbers 1 – 10, recognizing the numbers and associating them with the relevant quantities and will be visually introduced to the odd and even numbers.
The third year 4.5 – 5.5 the children will work on the Binomial and Trinomial Cube, Constructive Triangles, Golden Beads, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Seguin Boards A & B, Green Reading Material, Spontaneous Writing. The children will explore the construction of other shapes using various geometrical shapes, develop a perception in differences in proportion in 3 dimensions, a perception in mathematical patterns, Writing and Reading phonetic and phonic words, introduced to the Decimal System, what a unit, a ten, a hundred & a thousand is, learn new names for the combinations of tens and units and to recognize them as separate numbers i.e. 11, 12, 13,,,,, experience a concrete way of doing additions subtractions etc.
The fourth year 5.5 – 6.5 is our Grade 0 year where all of the above material is now explored more deeply and independently. We also run a visual perception programme where Visual- Motor Coordination, Figure-Ground Perception, Perceptual Constancy, Perception of Position in Space, Perception of Spatial Relationships are developed and an Auditory Skills program helping the children to receive and process auditory information effectively is used. Emotional readiness is encouraged and the child’s confidence is boosted so that they can cope in the more challenging environment of the Grade 1 classroom. The individual attention given to each child aids us to assess the child’s needs and adjust their progress accordingly.
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