AM Pre-school Hours Monday to Friday 8:45 am - 11:15 am
PM Pre-school Hours Monday to Thursday 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AM Pre-school 4 hours 8:45 am - 12:45 pm Monday to Friday
PM Preschool 4 hours 11:15 am - 3:15 pm
PM Pre-school 2.5 hours 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Being a scientist, Dr. Montessori observed and responded to this phenomenon of spontaneous work generated by the apparatus. Through the experimentation process, she created highly specialized materials that provided a source of profound satisfaction to children
Montessori materials teach through hands on learning, spontaneous engagement, active involvement, and self-directed activity. Montessori materials have a control of error inherent in their design. This allows children to work independently, unafraid to make mistakes and to be comfortable with the fact that errors are essential to the process of learning. In the process of making independent choices and exploring concepts largely on their own, Montessori students construct their own sense of individual identity becoming independent and confident beings.
The Process of Learning
A focus on individual progress and development is based on the child's intrinsic motivation to learn. Children do not work for grades or external rewards, nor do they simply complete assignments given to them by their teachers. Children learn because they are interested in things and in gaining understanding of the world around them.
There are three stages of learning:
Processing the concept. The child develops an understanding of the concept through working with materials that illustrate the ideas, experimentation, and repetition of an activity.
Mastering the concept. The child is confidently able to explain the concept with ease and teach the concept to another person.
Young children have a natural urge to partake in the activities of daily living and be a participating member of family life. Children learn everyday life skills in order to function in society. The Practical exercises also lay the foundation of a Montessori classroom. They enable children to expand their attention span and develop concentration essential for all academic learning.
The materials and activities in this area allow children to pursue their natural tendency to classify sensorial impressions and sort by size, shape, color, touch, sound, and weight. The sensorial materials isolate one quality only, have a built in control of error, allow for repetition, and make abstract qualities concrete. Sensorial activities lay a foundation for math, geometry, geography, botany, art, and music.
These activities make the abstract concepts of mathematics concrete for hands on learning. Each activity isolates a particular concept and integrates with other activities to form a strong foundation for further exploration. Beginning preschool math activities include 1 to 10, (sequences, quantity, number names, combinations of 10, basic arithmetic), teens, tens, introduction to the decimal system, and the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division.
Children are immersed in language the moment they enter the classroom. Spoken language is encouraged as children communicate with each other individually, in small groups, and large groups. A library of books is available for enjoyment and information. Phonetic awareness is taught through hands on activities and games. This language rich environment prepares the child for early reading which is explored in a variety of ways including the use of early reader series books, reading games, and environmental reading situations.
These materials help the child learn about the facts of the material world. Hands on activities introduce children to the names and types of landmasses, bodies of water, continents, countries, etc.
Mandarin as a second language
Mandarin is taught as a second language at a Preschool/Kindergarten level. Mandarin is introduced through vocabulary enrichment, songs and interactive language activities, art and games.
Cultural Studies & Science
The diversity in our world is celebrated through language, music, art, traditions, food, stories, and history. A variety of cultural themes are integrated into all curriculum areas. The themes include as he follows:
- Land, Water, Air
- Time Zones
- Parts of the Body
- Health and Physical Hygiene
- Botany and Zoology
- Living and Non-living
- Difference between animals and plants
Music and Movement
Informal and formal music education occurs through singing, playing a variety of music, introduction of instruments, introduction of musical notation, exploration of sound, etc.
A variety of materials are always available for creative expression. Classic artists, art forms, medias, and history are learned about and explored throughout the year.