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Our Montessori Preschool provides a carefully prepared environment that challenges children to develop self-confidence and the foundational skills essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. Our Montessori certified teachers provide individualized education, tailored to each child’s learning style. We emphasize independence, freedom within limits and respect for children’s natural psychological, physical and social development.
Our Montessori Preschool provides uninterrupted blocks of work time, which gives children time to master specialized education materials through a hands-on learning approach. The Montessori Preschool curriculum includes language, mathematics, sensorial, practical life skills, cultural studies, science, geography, history, music, and art.
Language: To help children in their development in language, the Montessori classroom is designed to help children reach the 3rd period of consciousness. Because the learning of language is not done through subjects as in a normal classroom, children are learning at their own rhythm. This allows children to concentrate on the learning of each important step in language so that each progressive step is done easily and without any thought on the part of the child. The special material also plays an important role in aiding children to develop the powers of communication and expression, of organization and classification, and the development of thought.
Mathematics: Arithmetic deals with shape, space, numbers, and their relationships and attributes by the use of numbers and symbols. It is a study of the science of pattern and includes patterns of all kinds, such as numerical patterns, abstract patterns, patterns of shape and motion. In the Montessori classroom, five families with math are presented to the child: arithmetic, geometry, statistics and calculus. More precisely, the concepts covered in the Primary class are numeration, the decimal system, computation, the arithmetic tables, whole numbers, fractions, and positive numbers. We offer arithmetic to the child in the final two years of the first place of developments from age four to age five and six. Arithmetic is the science of computing using positive real numbers. It is specifically the process of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The materials of the Primary Montessori classroom also present sensorial experiences in geometry and algebra.
Sensorial: Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. As there are no new experiences for children to take from the Sensorial work, children are able to concentrate on the refinement of all their senses, from visual to stereognostic. Unlike the material used for Practical Life, this material has either never been seen or never been used by children in their everyday life. With this said however, children will receive no new experiences through the use of the material. This was purposefully thought through in order to give children what they know, but might not yet realize, and to then refine their knowledge. In order to do this, the material is presented in a specific way or in a specific pattern: children learn to match the similar things, then they are shown how to grade the material based on its quality, and then they receive the language related to their work. In presenting the material to children in this way allows them to fully understand the concept of their work.
Practical Life: The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help children gain control in the coordination of their movement, and help children to gain independence and adapt to their society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow children to be a fully functional member in their own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help children develop an orderly way of thinking.
Cultural Studies: The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects. Geography, science, botany, zoology, and history are included. Art and music are also considered a part of the Cultural Area of the classroom. The Montessori cultural studies are another thing that makes the Montessori classroom different from other ones. Maria felt that having knowledge and understanding of such subjects is what makes one a “cultured” person. The cultural subjects are taught in a very specific order, (big picture to smaller parts), and integrated into the curriculum. Eventually, after the foundation of each of the individual cultural areas is set, the study of the individual areas are then integrated into each other as well as the core curriculum, creating a deeper understanding of the world and the interconnectedness of everything in it.
We are currently expanding Montessori programs throughout our company. Check to see if your local Rainbow Child Center offers a Montessori program. If you can’t find a Montessori program near you, let us know and we’ll build one.