THE MONTESSORI APPROACH TO LEARNING
These activities enable the child to acquire coordination, orderliness, self confidence, independence and control over their small muscle movements. Practical Life activities also include personal care and care of our environment.
The child progresses from concrete to abstract through use of materials such as beads, spindle boxes and number rods.
The development of language begins with speech and progresses into reading and writing. Activities such as the movable alphabet, grammar boxes and geometric shapes inserts, develop the child’s vocabulary, small muscles for writing and reading phonemic awareness.
These activities lead the child from sensation to ideas, from concrete to abstract and to the association of ideas. These materials also assist the child in to differentiate between sizes, colors, wights, textures, sound, odor and taste. Students become involved in activities that allow them to organize and classify.
Children learn about the world around them with the use of globes, puzzle maps and geographical formations.
Experiments are introduced. Nature studies are conducted both in and out of the classroom. Children learn about living and non living, parts of a plant and parts of an animal. Students begin making scientific observations and discoveries.
A natural part of the Montessori classroom encourages individual expression. Collage, finger and brush painting, watercolor and clay offer opportunities to experiment and create.