CURRICULUM

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For Pre- School

The core curriculum at the pre-school level is the Montessori curriculum. In an unprecedented departure from traditional teaching methods, the Montessori Method advocates guiding the child at their own pace rather than forcing knowledge on them. It has been shown through various studies that children have an inborn desire and capability to fulfill their developmental needs. This natural curiosity requires nurturing; hence Montessori acknowledges that is the job of the educator to support this developmental work.

At Shorefield Montessori School, we help them perfect their natural tools for learning with our top-class Montessori materials and other educational resources. Through the use of these materials and guidance by world class Montessori professionals, the basic skills for language and literacy, mathematics, grace and etiquette, creative development, emotional and physical development are achieved. Children are treated with trust and respect. They are encouraged to work on their own as well as to develop an appreciation for their environment by learning to respect their natural world. With the aid of the Montessori Method, children are prepared to make a smooth transition to elementary school and other educational materials that will be used in the future.

The activities offered in this environment include;

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Culture and Grace
  • Creativity activities

Practical life: These exercises address the child’s need to function independently in their everyday activities. It motivates and enables children to care for themselves, for others and for their environment. (More info should roll down)

Activities include everyday tasks such as pouring, sweeping floors, spooning, tying shoe laces, buttoning shirts, arranging flows etc. These activities enable the children not merely to function but to think for themselves and accept the consequences of their actions. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, develop their will and self-discipline while ultimately achieving their goals. The materials used by children are attractive, child-size, precise, real and functional.

Sensorial Activities: These were developed by Montessori based on the premise that children are sensorial explorers. Sensorial activities help children to distinguish and categorize their senses to build knowledge and understanding of their world.

Montessori believed a child explores his world at this stage of his mental and physical development mainly through his senses and thus designed materials that provided the best possible information for the child’s senses, as children are more attracted to stimuli than reason at this stage. Sensorial activities help children to distinguish and categorize their senses to build knowledge and understanding of their world. It introduces algebra, geometry, color, size, shape, weight, texture and sound to the child.

Language: has 4 main functions; a tool for communicating ideas and facilitating thinking, a tool for expressing identity, a tool for expressing ideas and a tool for establishing order in our social lives. The language program helps to expand auditory, speaking and writing language skills in the child.

Children are taught sounds through sight, sound and touch. We begin our program with lots of pre-literacy activities such as sorting, sequencing, matching, categorizing and classifying. Children learn that words are made up of sound, we then proceed to show them what those sounds look like and soon the child is able to put sounds together to build words, and then reading those words back. This important phonetic knowledge is the foundation of the Montessori reading and writing program, as the Montessori environment recognizes the levels that constitute language, namely phonemes, morphemes, syntax and meaning of words in context. Children not only learn to read early, but they develop a love of reading which is invaluable to future learning. Exciting games and activities are incorporated in order to sustain the child’s interest and make reading enjoyable.

Mathematics: The Montessori mathematics program begins with quantities and numeration which the child learns from handling and manipulating beautifully designed materials. This leads to the fundamentals of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Most children by age 3 can express ideas about quantities and recite numbers in sequence. The Montessori environment provides opportunities for the child to move from experiencing Maths in a concrete form to appreciating more abstract mathematical concepts.

Culture and Grace: Cultural activities enrich the children’s understanding of all aspects of the world around them. They are designed to provide the child with the keys to help them unlock the mysteries of the world.

The area introduces the child to many different subjects including geography, history, botany, music, art, zoology and science. Materials covered in culture are land forms, countries of the world, continents, flags, current events, elements of nature, living/non-living things, plants and animals, basic physics, time measurement, health issues, nutrition and several other exercises. Grace and Courtesy activities provide the child with the social language and etiquette required to function easily, not only in the Montessori environment, but also in the outside world; arming the child with confidence and the development of a true social feeling; learning to respect themselves, others and their environment.

Creativity and Group Activities: The creativity activities available are in music, movement. It is an extension of the sensorial and language activities. Music is introduced through role play, play corners and general play which are important facets of creative development.