The Montessori Classroom

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired”. – Martha Graham

Practical Life

The Practical Life area helps the child develop skills of daily living which include taking care of others and the environment, development of social relations and movements, etc. The Practical Life area also provides opportunities for the child to build hand-eye coordination, develop focus and attention, refine motor skills and enhance muscular control.

Sensorial

The Sensorial area allows the child to classify, clarify and comprehend his/her world. This area helps the child refine his/her experience of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Sensorial materials are also designed to indirectly prepare the child for work in other curricular areas.  For example, many of the Sensorial materials contain ten pieces which prepares the child for the decimal system.  The left-to-right, top-to-bottom order of most Sensorial presentations prepares the child for directionality in reading and writing.

Mathematics

The Mathematics area allows the child to proceed from the concrete to the abstract in increasing complexity. From the beginning, the child is introduced to mathematical concepts in concrete forms. The materials can be felt and manipulated so that the hand is always involved in the learning process. This approach to math is logical, clear and effective. It allows the child to internalize math skills by using concrete materials and progress at his/her own pace towards abstract concepts.

Science

The science area teaches the child the concepts of living/non-living, plant/animal, vertebrate/invertebrate, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects through hands-on exploration of materials.

Language

The phonetic approach to learning how to read and write is used in the classroom. Hands-on activities include sand paper letters, matching objects/pictures with their appropriate sound, sequencing, manipulation of movable alphabets, and many more activities that build a solid foundation for a child’s reading and writing.

Geography & Cultural Studies

The Geography and Cultural studies areas are integrated into the environment as part of the curriculum. The child learns about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, the child feels connected to the global human family. Lessons and experiences with nature inspire a reverence for all life.

Art & Music

The art and music area of the classroom give the child the opportunity to enjoy creative activities, as well as gain knowledge of the great masters.