Traditionally the Montessori Method involves five areas of development, as follows:
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 (parts of speech, punctuation, and much more). It is the necessary foundation for sound literacy – reading, comprehension and creative 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.
Here at First Steps, we pride ourselves on having extended the traditional curriculum with some tried and tested additions of our own! These include:
Music and Movement
Conducted two to three times a week, the lively music sessions offer essential opportunity for refining auditory perception and additional stimuli for both physical and mental development. Benefits of music and movement cannot 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.
Nutrition and Food Preparation
Food Preparation exercises are periodically enjoyed by the children. Through these fun sessions the children are taught good hygiene habits and importance of balanced nutrition.