Our curriculum is based on Montessori philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Montessori curriculum basically covers five aspects
Exercises of Practical Life
The practical life area of the Montessori environment has goals of providing purposeful activity, develops motor control and co-ordination, develops independence, concentration and a sense of responsibility.
The activities found in this area of the classroom provide real life experiences for children. These are organized in three main areas: Care of the person, Care of the environment, Grace and courtesy. Buttoning, Zipping etc.
The activities are considered as caring of the person. Activities of Pouring, Spooning, cloth folding, taking care of pets and plants comes under caring of environment. Exercises in Grace and Courtesy consist of things such as Greeting others, how to interrupt others etc.
Maria Montessori believed that nothing comes into the mind except through the sense. During the years three and six, as children develop their senses, their attention is directed toward the environment.
The purpose of the sensorial activities is to help the child in his efforts to sort out the many varied impressions given by the sense.
These materials are specifically designed to help the child develop visual discrimination, order and to broaden and refine the senses. They also help prepare him to be a logical, aware and perceptive person.
Learning mathematical concepts in a Montessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. They are developed from simple to complex. Process first and facts come later. Order, co-ordination, concentration and independence are experienced by the child using these materials.
The Math activities are organized into five groups.
Group One introduces sets of one through ten which prepares the child for counting and teaches the value of quality.
Group Two involves the decimal system using the golden bead material with the names of the decimal categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands.
Group Three deals with linear counting. Quantity is presented using teen and ten boards followed by symbol and association.
Group Four deals with the operation using the golden bead material. The concept of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are presented. Abstract games will be presented.
Group Five contains activities for memorization of facts. Fractions are also a part of this group.
The Montessori classroom is designed in such a way that all activities gear naturally develop the skills required for language reading and writing.
Vocabulary is enriched in number of ways Precise names are used for all objects and apparatus.
Vocabulary classification and matching exercises develop visual perception, vocabulary development and develop left to right movement. Books on the shelf, Special reading day, Circle time activity, Sand paper letters are some of the activities which are used in language area.
The cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects like Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology and History.
Art and Music are also considered a part of the cultural area of the classroom. Maria felt that having knowledge and understanding of such subjects is what makes one a “cultured” person.