Practical Life activities, allow the child to learn how to do every day, living activities, in a purposeful way. The aim of the Practical Life area is to help the child gain control of his movements, grow in index pendency, and develop his fine motor muscles. Practical Life Exercises aids the growth and develop mint of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn; also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking, while also developing their sense of independence.
The materials in the Sensorial area, are designed to aid in developing a child' s sense of order, assist them in using their senses to grade, measure, sequence, classify and manipulate materials into their correct order, color and shape, thus internalizing this sense of order, and structured thinking needed, for later use in the Moths area. Learning through their senses allows for hands on, authentic learning to take place.
The Cultural area is focused mostly on Science, Geography, Botany, Biology Music, and Art. This area provides a wide array of activities, including, learning about the continents of the world and their uniqueness, such as animals and habitats, cultures and traditions. Children learn through "hands-on" materials, such as puzzle maps, 3-part cards, books and much more. This area allows the child to learn about the world around them, in a fun and innovative way.
From around 3 years old, a child has fully absorbed his culture's language. He has already constructed the spoken language, and with his entry into the classroom, he will begin to consolidate the spoken language, and begin to explore the written forms of language as well. The child requires a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctual tin. This is vitally important at a time when they are in a sensitive period for language. By the age of six, he will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language, where he understands that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing. He will become fully articulate, and will be able to express himself, in writing. He will be able to read with ease and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.
A series of preparations have been made in our Sensorial Area, to adequately prepare the child’s thinking for Moths. First the child has established internal order, and has developed precise movement. The child has the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time, and has learned how to follow a process. All of this previous development has brought the child to a maturity of mind and a readiness of work, skills that are vital for the Moths area. They are developmentally appropriate ways, for the child to explore arithmetic. The child gets sensorial impressions of the mathematical concepts. The material begins with concrete experiences, but moves the child towards the abstract.
Daily Record keeping ensures that your child is being continually monitored and observed. Our Principal will be monitoring their progress weekly to ensure that any concerns are addressed with you timorously. She is also a Montessori qualified, teacher, who will be here to provide you with advice and support throughout the year. A detailed report will be issued in December.