Today's early childhood educators accept what Dr Maria
Montessori discovered many years ago; children under the age of
six have extraordinary learning skills and powers. Education is
both fun and challenging for the children in our Montessori school.
Our classrooms with carefully sequenced, hands-on material allow
the children to exercise and develop finely tuned intellects. These
tools promote the learning of more advanced skills such as Practical
Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Mathematical, Language and Reading.
Practical Life :
Practical Life exercises are designed to help the child
gain a sense of order, to develop coordination and concentration
and to foster independence. Activities include many tasks children
see as part of their daily routine in their home. Practical Life
activities develop muscular coordination and helps to develop their
power of control and concentration.
Sensorial exercises appeal to the five senses of sight,
touch, smell taste and sound. Sensorial lessons define shape, colour,
size, weight, sound, smell and texture. The use of concrete sensorial
materials establishes the necessary foundation for the child to
later recognize abstract ideas with greater understanding and a
more organised mind.
Our specially designed activities help children learn
and understand the concept of math by manipulating concrete materials.
The Montessori approach to mathematics is logical, clear and effective.
This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical
principals and helps to develop problem-solving capabilities.
Students experience language through conversation,
stories and poetry. The sandpaper letters
help the children link sound and symbol effortlessly, encouraging
the development of written expression and reading skills. Individual
lessons are based on phonetics and sight-reading skills. It is not
uncommon for the four year old children, enrolled in our school,
to be reading before their fifth birthday.
Cultural Studies / Computer Applications:
Geography, History, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Social
Sciences, Horticulture and World Cultures
are presented to the children in enriching and exciting ways. Children
study about the world through maps and globes. The objective is
to increase their awareness of our planet.
All children have access to the classroom computer
and age appropriate software. Technology related skills are essential
for this generation to succeed in the future.
Fun is a very important part of our school, we
celebrate all the major events throughout the year, some of these
include our fancy dress Halloween party, the Christmas show, where
the children perform in costume on stage for their parents and grandparents,
they celebrate with a party afterwards, while the parents socialise
with a cup of coffee, Easter egg hunt and party, sports day and
prize giving ceremony, to name but a few. Birthdays are very special
days for all the children, we like to make a big fuss of the Birthday
boy/girl and all enjoy chocolate cake after our lunch. We are delighted
to support the fantastic work carried out by the Make a Wish foundation
and every year we join in the fun with the Pyjama Day, when teachers
and children all wear their PJ's to school and raise much need funds
for this great charity.