Traditionally, The Montessori Curriculum involves five areas of development:
Practical Life Exercises
A range of activities that help to develop a sense of order, eye-hand coordination, fine motor control and concentration span while nurturing good social habits and etiquette. The exercises are also aimed at helping the child become confident and independent.
A range of graded apparatus takes the child through distinctive awareness of the environment in its sizes, shapes, colours, sounds, smells, tastes and textures. The exercises help to consciously refine the five senses. Sensorial Training also indirectly prepares the child for language, mathematics, writing, science, art and music.
Beginning with concrete and sensorial perception, the Montessori mathematics syllabus takes the child step by step to an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts. The child learns the science of numbers with ease and willingly.
Introduced through visual, auditory and touch impressions, the Montessori Language is a process moving from phonic sounds of the alphabet to reading and grammar. It is the necessary foundation for sound literacy – reading, comprehension, writing – and effective communication.
A study and appreciation of the world, nature and earth’s gifts to mankind. Enjoyable hands-on activities create an awareness and interest in botany, biology, zoology, geography and history and help children acquire knowledge and have a clear vision of life and environment.
EXTRA INTEGRAL CURRICULUM
Music and Movement
Conducted two to three times a week, the lively music sessions offer essential opportunity for refining auditory perception and providing additional stimuli for both physical and mental development. Benefits of music and movement cannot be over-emphasized as it assists in developing concentration and focus.
Art and Craft
Art and Craft work is always a fun and pleasure time for the children. These sessions, while encouraging creativity and expression, also essentially enhance the learning experience and assists in acquiring artistic skills.
A vital component of a child’s growth, outdoor play promotes interaction and friendship among peers. In the process children also learn to accept each other, take turns and learn team work. Children gain gross motor control, strength and mental alertness through outdoor play.
Cooking and baking exercises are periodically enjoyed by the children. Through these fun sessions the children are taught good eating habits and the importance of balanced nutrition.
Preparation For Mainstream Schools
Having enjoyed the learning experience using the Montessori method, the children are then ready to move forward to a more structured preparation to enter mainstream schools.
Emphasis is given to prepare children for mainstream schools when they move into Pre-One. This would be done gradually and without causing anxiety and without compromising on the Montessori values and individual attention. In this “transition” group, children will certainly reap the benefits of Montessori Method and effectively apply the knowledge gained in the earlier years to the fullest while they are introduced to the “system” of mainstream schools.
In the Pre-One stage, the children will be eased in to a structured curriculum and weekly time-table in a ‘classroom’ setting. They will be encouraged to work within given time frames while guided to perfect the skills in reading and writing.
The Curriculum includes strong foundation in three languages – English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin, mastery of necessary mathematical concepts, science, music and movement, art and craft, moral, cooking and baking and outdoor play.
At the Pre-School stage, the children who are now matured and willing are given opportunities to hone their analytical and problem-solving abilities. They are challenged with high-standard syllabus which ensure proficiency in the three languages, mathematics and science, among others. They continue enjoy music and movement, art and craft, moral, cooking and baking and outdoor play within their curriculum.
These children are well equipped with all the skills they need to face social, motor, academic, intellectual and communicative challenges upon entering primary schools. They graduate from pre-school as confident and independent ‘students’ ready for formal schooling.