The exercises of practical life promote the coordination of movement, orderliness, diligence, independence, a high level of concentration, self-confidence and social behavior. Carried out effectively and enthusiastically in childhood, these skills lead to emotional balance and stability. Practical Life experiences encompass the following:
- Care of the person
- Care of the environment
- Control of movement
- Grace and courtesy
Montessori materials assist the child in learning to differentiate between size, color, weight, forms, textures, musical sounds, odors and tastes. This is why Montessori has appropriately named the sensorial apparatus “the key to the universe”. These exercises allow the child to organize, classify and communicate the sensory experience they have experienced since birth.
Sensitive to the student’s development, the aim of language is to facilitate self expression. Self expression is enhanced through practical experience and theoretical analysis of language skills in reading, writing and speaking. The language program is a three-year curriculum offering experience in analytic skills applied to the study and use of language at progressively higher levels. Reading performs two functions: First it assists the child to communicate and become self-reliant through the development of intellectual independence. And second, reading unveils new worlds and challenges us to examine ourselves, our relationship with others and the universe. In short, reading helps us think globally.
Under close observation and guidance of a trained Montessori teacher, the child builds on basic math skills through a series of sequentially structured exercises using multi-sensory materials. The mathematics program includes exploring geometry, arithmetic and pre-algebra. The three year curriculum allows the student to progress independently and at the child’s own pace. This structure allows the child to frequently develop concepts beyond the reach of their age.
This program is designed to educate and develop the child’s intellect in the global arena. The program is geared to raise awareness of differences and similarities of people from all over the world. Indirectly, cultural studies build’s self confidence and the ability to adapt in a world that’s in a constant state of flux. The program is a three year curriculum aimed at developing progressively complex analytic skills and providing experiences in the use of historical and scientific methodology through independent research. The program offers and overview of the progress of human civilization and a close look at history, geography, civics and government of varied cultures. Through their research and field of study, students are exposed to various social science disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach affords students a clear vision and broader understanding of human culture.
Introduced to students in the Primary class, foreign language sets a foundation of the basic concepts in Spanish. Students are taught the alphabets, numbers and colors. Once they establish an understanding of these concepts they are taught vocabulary, sentence structure, reading, writing and communication skills in that particular language.
Students from 18 months to 6 years of age are introduced to songs, rhythm and movements to music.
Physical education is provided to all students twice a week.