Our Philosopy of Early Childhood Education and Preschool is based on the firm belief that each child has talent and potential that can best be developed by..
Exercises of Daily Living
These activities prepare children to care for themselves and the environment and give each child a sense of mastery and self-confidence. Performing such tasks as sweeping, polishing, washing and preparing snacks, children develop coordination, concentration and good work habits, such as completing a task.
Montessori materials are designed to heighten the child's senses of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Children's senses are a key to understanding and classifying the environment. Through distinguishing, categorizing and comparing the concrete, children develop a foundation for understanding the abstract.
Children's understanding of the basic mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division emerges from using manipulative materials such as rods, beads, sandpaper numerals, cards and counters, which allow the student to visualize the abstraction of numbers. Using self-correcting materials, children learn not only number recognition and place value, but also to solve problems and to develop a visual image of mathematical concepts.
Using simple alphabet cutouts and sandpaper letters, children learn the sounds of letters and soon are linking letters to make words, then words to make sentences. Children first develop small muscle coordination necessary to master writing in their exercises of daily living and in using the sensorial materials. They soon progress to writing letters.
Geography, science, art and music are referred to as cultural subjects. Children learn about people, their countries and the world through food, music, pictures, flags, maps, artifacts, holiday celebrations and other cultural observations. The foundation of the Montessori experience is the primary program for children in the important early formative years.