Dr. Maria Montessori, the creator of what is called “the Montessori Method of education,” developed an approach to education with the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment that supports and respects each child’s natural development to give them the academic and life skills they need. It’s comprehensive, time tested, and works with children from all types of backgrounds and environments.
Our typical day begins promptly at 8:30 am when we line up for morning circle. During circle we take roll, do our morning stretches, go through the days of the week and months of the year. We also count and do a different phonic sound each day. After circle we move onto job time. Our children are curious, creative, and have a great sense of wonder. That is why the Montessori classroom is designed around the child. Small, child sized tables and chairs allow children to feel in control of their work and environment. A child’s work (or jobs) refers to a learning activity or set of Montessori materials. It includes direct and indirect aims, control of error, points of interests, and extensions. Work in the classroom mostly consists of one- or two-person activities.
The Practical Life activities are the traditional works of the family and home. They allow children to gain independence and self-discipline, develop gross and fine motor skills, build concentration, as well as indirectly prepare for math and writing. Maria Montessori observed that children prefer real work over imaginary work and real, child-sized tools are used.
The Sensorial work covers every quality that care be perceived by the senses. The purpose and aim of Sensorial wok is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in the environment. The Sensorial and Practical Life work is unique to the Montessori classroom.
The Mathematics materials provide a visual introduction to numbers while preparing the child to progress to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The Language materials begin with phonetic sounds of letters and allow him to progress at his own speed to word construction and eventually to writing and reading.
The Art, Geography, Music, and Science materials allow the child to expand his range of interests and to develop his creativity and self-expression.
With Grace and Courtesy– children are in a sensitive period for learning good manners and becoming aware of being part of a community. Common courtesies such as saying please and thank you, greeting visitors, serving food, holding the door open and pushing in chairs are presented as lessons to the children.