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Preprimary Materials Learning in the Montessori Classroom

The Montessori method of education is a based on both a philosophy and curriculum that respects a child’s developmental and cognitive abilities. The philosophy encourages children to develop at their own pace while nurturing the whole child. The didactic materials are sequential and developmentally appropriate for the 3-6 year old child. The curriculum is based on Practical Life activities (activities that help children to be independent), Sensorial materials, Math, Language, and the Cultural subjects.

The Pink Tower

The Sensorial Materials give children the opportunity to experience and refine the five senses - visual discrimination, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, and tactile. The Pink Tower helps children distinguish their visual discrimination skills by building cubes into a tower. The visual sense is isolated with the only discerning characteristic of the material being size.

Moveable Alphabet, Reading, and Writing

A preprimary student snuggles up with a good book.

Children learn to develop their phonological and phonemic awareness beginning at age three. They learn sounds of letters and then how to decode sounds to read words as they progress through the program. They begin to read sequenced phonetic-based books and then progress at their individual level.

Cultural Subjects

Kindergarten student colors in the map of the word.

Children learn about the cultural subjects during the three year cycle. They learn about geography, the sciences (botany, zoology, and biology), music, art, and history.

Mathematics Lessons

A child works on the Teen Boards.

The Montessori Math curriculum teaches 1-10 concept, teens and tens, linear counting up to a thousand and the four operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. The children use manipulative materials to actually see the process until they begin to abstract on their own.

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