Our Montessori Early Childhood classroom offers each child five areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural Studies.
At Greater Montessori School, we design and integrate programs to meet your child’s developmental and learning needs. Our curriculum was adopted from the late Dr. Maria Montessori who was a physician and an anthropologist. She committed her life to studying the development of children from all walks of life. She made unique discoveries that are implemented today in the classroom and daycare centers to promote learning and development.
Practical Life: The direct aim of Practical Life Activities is to assist your child in developing social skills and personal independence. They learn to take care of their self and their environment. The indirect aim is to develop your child’s fine motor movement, which involves the body, intellect, and will. The activities of Practical Life are divided into four categories: Preliminary activities, care of self, care of the environment, and social graces and courtesies.
Sensorial Development: The purpose of Sensorial materials is to refine and develop your child’s senses so their senses can better serve their individual development. Sensorial material is based on a logical learning sequence, progressing from the concrete to the abstract. The materials refine the senses and develop cognitive skills such as thinking, judging, associating, and comparing. The materials promote auto-education or self-learning.
Mathematics: An understanding of quantity is the first mathematical problem a child faces. At a certain point in their development, the child graduates from sensorial explorations to measuring and counting. Like the Sensorial training, we start with simple concrete numbers and progress to the abstract.
Language Arts: Montessorians believe children should be taught to read using a systematic phonetic approach. We follow a step-by-step phonetic approach to teaching reading and writing and we tailor the program to each individual. We prepare your child by first teaching them how to isolate the sounds that comprise a word. Second, we teach them how to identify the physical letters based on the phonetic sounds they represent. Third, we show them how to decode sounds in individual words.
Geography/Culture: All children have an inherent curiosity about our world. We introduce them to the physical aspects as well as the cultural.
Personal History: Awareness of history for a child begins with an awareness of their self within the bounds of time. We introduce them to the calendar and chart the days of the week, the months, and seasons, and time awareness becomes part of daily life.
Science: The study of botany and zoology are offered in a Montessori curriculum. We help your child explore the biological aspects of their environment. Our Reggio Inspired science program also incorporates many other science exploration and discovery opportunities in our monthly themes.
Music and Movement: Exposure to music and movement enhances a child’s development. Specifically, it improves their problem-solving skills, physical coordination, poise, concentration, memory, language skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence.
Social Graces and Courtesies: Montessori introduces grace and courtesy to address the young child’s need for order. Children have a need to know and to absorb the social structures in order to be more at ease in their environment. Grace and courtesy lessons give your child the vocabulary, actions, and steps required for them to build awareness and responsiveness of those around them. This in turn gives a better sense of orientation in their social structure.
Foreign Language: Learning to pronounce words in a foreign language benefits the child now and in the future.
Literature: Wonderful stories are introduced and discussed to practice listening skills and develop critical thinking.
Art: Our Reggio Inspired art program introduces children to many artists and their methods. They practice the techniques used in artwork and create their own masterpieces.
Thematic Units: Each month one or two, new themes are presented with materials and books that complement them. These themes are intended to make the child aware of the many topics our world represents. Examples are: Food & Nutrition, Farms, Space, Dinosaurs, Cultures of the World, Animals of the World, etc.
“The greatest gifts that we can give our children are roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”