Exercises of Practical Life: Everyday Life Skills, Social Graces, and Movement are all part of the Practical Life Area through fun and interesting activities such as pouring, spooning, transferring objects using tongs, tweezers or a baster. Scrubbing tables, chairs and floors, as well as ironing, washing clothes and polishing, all promote care of the child’s environment by doing the things he sees adults do every day.This area also promotes concentration and attention to a task. The child learns to do for him/her self.
Sensorial Activities : This area helps to develop the child’s senses and awareness of the world around her through the use of specialized materials designed to isolate individual qualities such as colour, size, shape, weight, texture, and more.This is a very “hands on” area, each activity involving the whole child.
Mathematics: We begin with manipulatives, then slowly lead into abstract concepts. Beginning with numbers 1-10, 11-99, and 1-1000, the children learn linear counting and recognition of numerals, which then leads into addition, subtraction, multiplication and division concepts. This is done through fun activities which involve lots of movement, manipulatives and group work. As the child matures, individual work is encouraged and abstract learning begins to take place.
Language: The Montessori Language Program is a phonetic based approach to reading. Language is such a huge part of our world, from speaking, to isolating sounds and then into reading. The Montessori child essentially “teaches” himself/herself to read through learning the letter sounds, writing words using those sounds, and finally reading those words back. It is an exciting time when a child “bursts” into reading.