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Montessori Classroom

Our Montessori classroom is divided

into several areas

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Practical Life

Exercises of Practical Life are the foundation of a Montessori environment which provide a wholesome range of activities. The young child is attracted to activities that give independence and control over their life. The children practice activities such as pouring, hand washing and polishing. The purpose of these activities is to develop concentration and attention to detail, finishing each task and putting away all materials before going on to another activity. The child may repeat each activity as often as they like, therefore perfecting coordination and extending concentration.

Sensorial

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The child explores dimension, shape, colour, texture, weight, smell, taste, sound, and their relationships through a series of exercises called the sensorial materials. The materials are largely self-correcting so the child can accomplish the exercises alone. Moreover, they are structured, building on what has been previously learned. A sense of order is found in these materials and the child acquires the joy of learning that their environment also has order.

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what other say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer “how” and “why” questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

montessori-image-newIn this photo, the large moveable alphabet teaches the child how to sound and spell words phonetically.

The children are able to read and write three and four letter words by the time they leave us for school

Speaking

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of the listener’s needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future or when expressing their feelings. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

In this photo, the large moveable alphabet teaches the child how to sound and spell words phonetically.

 

The children are able to read and write three and four letter words by the time they leave us for school.

Literacy

Writing often comes before reading in a Montessori classroom with children building up their first words phonetically using Sandpaper letters. The reading programme progresses through three levels: pink, blue and green – reading materials are colour coded for each level. Some children are on the blue series by the time they leave for school. Inside a small pink box a child finds a tiny toy dog. She takes it out, says the word, listens to the sounds in it and then seeks out the letters which make those sounds to build the word. With the moveable alphabets, the children are able to construct words, phrases, sentences and stories in preparation for written expression. A wide range of story and reference picture books are always available in the classrooms. Montessori’s language materials are based on a structured phonic approach to writing and reading. Younger children learn sensorially by tracing sandpaper letters with their fingers while they are told the sounds, and they progress to writing simple words with moveable letters, matching words with objects and finally they are able to read.

Mathematics

The number rods, golden beads and spindle boxes, are simple and sensorially interesting as well as enabling the children to see at a glance if they have made a mistake and to put it right without a teacher’s help. This enables them to learn at their own pace .In this area the child begins to get a physical impression of various sizes and quantities by working with the rods and counting out beads, counting spindles into boxes and arranging coloured counters in patterns – odd and even numbers and understand each step thoroughly and feel ready to move on to the next stage.

 

A child can later go on to work with addition, subtraction and fractions and be introduced to telling the time.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children’s fine motor skills are developed by providing clay and modelling dough, scissors for cutting, sand and water for measuring and pouring. These also help develop self expression and good language development.

 

Time is also allocated for sticking, and imaginary play with a wealth of dressing up clothes. Music sessions include performing, dancing, singing songs from different cultures and experimenting with multi cultural instruments.

 

The weekly cookery sessions relate to the month’s topic, such as farm animal biscuits, boys and girls gingerbread biscuits and moon shaped biscuits for Eid.

 

The children proudly take their cooking home. Photos are taken during the sessions and used for sequencing activities.

Outings

These are planned to coincide with our monthly topics, e.g. for New life, we go to the farm and to the transport museum for the topic on transport. Parents / carers are welcome to join us. Our annual outings have included going to various places of interest such as Chessington world of adventures, Legoland, Aklowa (an African village in Bishops Stortford) etc. It is a day out for the children, staff, parents, carers, grandparents and other siblings.

Understanding Of The World

The children get to explore maps and globes, develop their knowledge and understanding of various continents and their cultures. We celebrate various festivals such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Divali, Eid, Harvest festival. All holidays are discussed in a cultural rather than religious context.

 

Science materials give opportunities to experiment with magnets, floating and sinking, light, and even build simple circuit boards to light a tiny bulb with some help from a parent. We have a fish tank and an interest table which is updated every month to tie in with the topic. The children are given the opportunity to observe the metarmophosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly, and the different stages of a ladybird. The breadth of the children’s knowledge of their world when they leave our school can be quite astounding.

Computer Studies

Computers are considered another tool available to assist the children in their academic development. We have a multi media IBM compatible computer and a laptop. The children are taught simple mathematics, the alphabets, French, colour recognition and reading. The combination of sound, video, text and graphics from the computer makes learning very interesting for them. The children also have the advantage of learning to use the keyboard and mouse, an introduction to the mechanics of information technology at their tender age.

Social skills - Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are not born with an innate knowledge of why we shake hands, or kiss, or rub noses depending on our culture and in the Montessori classroom they learn appropriate greetings. As they become aware of other cultures they are encouraged to celebrate differences and value them equally. They are shown how to move quietly and carefully around the classroom, push in chairs, wait patiently before politely gaining someone’s attention and are reminded how important it is to allow others to work undisturbed. These ground rules in the classroom give every child total security. The children also learn to notice if somebody needs help and that nobody is too small to be useful.

Outdoors - Physical Development

Being outdoors is very important. Children develop gross motor skills as they climb, jump and run and social skills as they take turns on equipment and play hide and seek. Montessori believed strongly that children should be in touch with the substance of their world, encouraging work with play, gardening and growing activities and even building little houses.

“We do not want children who simply obey and are there without interest, but we want to help them in their mental and emotional growth. Therefore, we should not try to give small ideas, but great ones, so that they not only receive them but ask for more.” Dr. Maria Montessori

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MONDAY - FRIDAY

8:00 am - 6:00 pm


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