Classroom

Setting

Our beautiful classrooms have been carefully designed and prepared to provide the child with an opportunity to learn using his own natural inner guidance while putting his various individual interests at work. A whole range of materials are arranged throughout the classroom to stimulate the child’s interest through self-directed activities.

Each of our two classrooms accommodates children who are two year old through Kindergarten, and has one Montessori certified directress with one or two assistants, depending on the number of children. The role of the adult in the classroom is to guide the children through their learning journey and prepare the environment so as to make it ready and appealing for the child to interact with. The materials in both classrooms are generally organized into five basic categories: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, culture and science.

 

 

 

Practical Life

Practical life materials respond to the young child's natural interests to develop physical coordination, care of self and care of the environment. They also give the child the opportunity to concentrate bringing about normalization. Examples include food preparation, self dressing frames, etc. Grace and courtesy are also part of practical life lessons.

Sensorial

Sensorial materials give the child the opportunity to discover the five senses as well as experience the natural order of the physical environment, including attributes such as size, color, shape and dimension.

Mathematical

Mathematical materials introduce the child to the basic concepts of numeration, place value, subtraction, division and multiplication. This is done using beautiful colored beads, marbles, etc. The numeral symbols are learned through a set of sandpaper numerals. Other materials show the concepts of fraction, reading time, etc.

Language

Language materials provide the child with experiences to develop use of a writing instrument and the basic skills of reading a written language. For writing skill development, the metal insets provide essential exercises to guide the child’s hand in following different outlined shapes while using a pencil. For reading, a set of individual sandpaper letters help the child associate the letter symbols with their phonetic sounds. The moveable alphabet exercise gives the child the opportunity to practice decoding phonetic words, which in turn helps the child figure out that blending sounds makes words. This is when the child starts reading, which happens naturally and easily and most importantly at the child’s own pace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture and Science

Culture and Science subjects include geography (map puzzles, globes, ethnic clothes and food), history (calendar, seasons and biographies of famous people), botany and zoology (naming and organizing plants and animals). Our children enjoyed learning about Egypt, France, Spain, India, Russia, Japan, among many more. We strive to have them see real materials that are specific to each culture and love to invite guests and parents to share their cultural heritage with them. Eating and preparing ethnic dishes, dressing up in traditional cultural clothes and experimenting with various cultural musical instruments, count as other activities the children have enjoyed as well.

 

 

Art and Music

Our art activities introduce the child to simple practical skills, which then become the means through which the child can do creative art work. Children who do creative work become self-confident and imaginative. These are qualities that the children will possess for the rest of their lives. Maria Montessori discovered that musical education is highly beneficial to children in their early years of development. In our classrooms, the children listen to classical music every day and learn about the biographies of famous composers and the Orchestra. They also make music with sticks and shakers. At circle time, we dance to silly songs, enjoy a lot of movement dancing from around the world and sing finger-play songs and lullabies. Other activities that are done weekly include baking and yoga.

 

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed - Maria Montessori