Pre k – kindergarten

Practical Life

Practical life lays the foundation for all other work to be done in the classroom. The activities are everyday tasks that a child learns, to master the care of self and the care of the environment. This helps the child in such away that concentration, coordination, independence and order are developed.

Examples: punch outs (pre-writing exercise), pouring, tracing, sorting, sewing, and many more motor activities.

Sensorial

The goal is to educate a child’s senses. These materials help the child refine sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. In addition, these materials are modeled on scientifically based concepts such as the metric system, dimensions and algebraic formulas.

Examples: cylinder box, sound cylinders, baric tablets, tactile boards, smelling bottles, geometric cabinet, constructive triangles, geometric solids, binomial cube, trinomial cube.

Cultural Enrichment

In addition to the core curriculum your child will be engaged in delightful activities that instill a lifelong love of science, history, culture, art, music and movement.

Examples:
Geography: Children learn to recognize the seven continents, planets, and land forms by color and shape.

History: Children explore the basic history, famous people, presidents and holidays around the world.

Language

Montessori curriculum is an integrated approach that combines phonetics and whole language (high frequency words). Language is taught through a variety of multi-sensory activities: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. The child learns the sound individually with “Three period lessons”. When he recognizes all the sounds, he begins the process of blending and building words and starts reading. Language Materials consists of the pink, blue and green materials. three letter short vowels words. (cat, sun, pet)

Blue: Basic blends
Green: Homograms and long vowels.
Think Fort bake cube.

Examples: sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet, grammar, mechanics.

Math

Math is separated into major categories: beginning counting, advanced counting, the decimal system, rational numbers (fractions) and the operation of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.

The central purpose of the math materials in the early years is to lay a foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition from the concrete to the abstract.

Examples: spindle box (counting numbers 1 to 10), teen board, ten board, decimal system, forty five layout, hundred board, addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, fractions.

Geography

Geography and History include the study of civilizations, continents, countries which include flags, people, cultures and geographic features of each country.  History will begin with a Time-line. Art is incorporated with Geography.