CHILDREN’S HOUSE CURRICULUM (2.9 – 6 YEARS)
Everyday Living is the foundation of the Children’s House. Children learn Grace and Courtesy when they’re greeted with a handshake and a smile from their teachers each morning. They build patience and show respect by placing a quiet hand on their teacher’s shoulder to wait for attention. Whether it’s pouring water from pitchers or hammering tees into corkboard, children develop concentration with hand-eye movements. Dressing frames help the child with independence for buttoning shirts or tying shoes for the playground.
The Sensorial materials guide chidlren in refining their senses to determine differences and similarities with colors, textures, weight, sound, smells and taste. With activities like the Pink Tower or Cylinder Blocks, children differentiate dimension, height, width, diameter and thickness. The Color Boxes begin with a simple matching of primary colors and progresses into sequencing color tones. The child feels contrasting surfaces like rough and smooth through Touch Boards and Touch Tablets. Sound Cylinders and Smelling Cylinders help the child to identify and match various levels of sound/smells.
Language is an essential tool for communication. Every day children learn new sounds, vocabulary and writing skills through the Montessori materials. Children practice sounds with the Sandpaper Letters. Metal Insets reinforce writing skills by tracing the fame and its inset. The child makes words with the Moveable Alphabet. Our teachers ensure a language-rich environment through songs, rhymes and reading to the class. When children listen to stories, they learn new vocabulary, concepts and ideas, develop an appreciation of language and the written word, and are eager to learn to read so that they can be independent.
The Montessori Math materials are designed to teach the child about quantity, numerical value and the decimal system. One of the first lessons a child has in math is with the Number Rods. The child conceptualizes 1 by holding the first rod with both hands close together. When the child reaches 10, they can barely spread their arms wide enough apart to hold the longest rod. The Spindle Box also teaches children about quantity along with non-Montessori activities like counting pumpkin erasers. The Decimal System materials work concretely with addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. The Golden Beads show the child place value from a unit bead to the thousand cube. With the Bead Cabinet, a child counts to a thousand.
Geography teaches children about the world around them and their place on planet Earth. In the classroom, peace is the cornerstone of Montessori education. Children use the Peace Rose for conflict resolution. Pictures, objects as symbols, music, food, art activities and clothes aid children in learning about how cultures celebrate holidays. Children observe the Land and Water Globe, pictures of Earth, and discuss time in relation to the Sun. Physical Geography activities such as the Land and Water Forms introduce children to lake/island, cape/bay, gulf/peninsula, and isthmus/strait.
Science connects the child with the natural world. Children learn the specific names for the parts of insects, animals and plants. Students study the life cycle of a seed, butterfly and chicken. In the classroom children plant seeds and watch flowers, vegetables and herbs grow. Through classification the child makes a hypothesis.
Art is a way for children to bring their imagination to life through creativity and focus. Children paint at the art easel, draw self-portraits, color with markers, make paper mache projects and more. Students study famous artists and learn about their genres before practicing their styles.