Our curriculum follows the guidelines of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). AMI was established by Dr. Montessori to maintain, propagate and further her ideas and principles. AMI is the oldest and most respected authority on Montessori education worldwide.
The Primary Classroom (age 3-6) is divided into four main areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics and Language. However, subjects are not taught in isolation as the Montessori curriculum is interdisciplinary, interactive and interrelated. The academic growth of each child is very important to us and all the individual areas directly or indirectly support development of academic skills.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord” Ps. 127
"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future."
"Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potential."
Practical Life exercises instill care for self, others, and the environment. These are real life activities that children may observe at home such as buttoning, tying, washing, sweeping, pouring, sewing, as well as exercises of grace and courtesy. Fine motor skills are refined, ordered steps are carried out and independence is developed. Through these tasks children develop muscular coordination, learn to work at a task from beginning to end and develop their powers of control and concentration.
Specially designed materials teach children concepts and vocabulary using their senses. Sensorial exercises allow children to build cognitive skills and learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening and exploring the physical properties of their environment such as size, shape, color, weight and sound.
Mathematic activities help children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials that enable students to perform the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning and helps to develop problem-solving skills.
Language development is vital to human development. Our environment fosters oral language opportunities, allowing the children to experience conversations, stories and poetry. Sandpaper letters help children link sounds and symbols effortlessly. Metal insets and movable alphabet encourage the development of written expression and reading skills.
Music & Art
Comprehensive art and music programs give the children every opportunity to enjoy a variety of creative activities including songs, rhythm instruments, movement and finger plays. Art is available daily through collage, painting, drawing, and crafts.
Geography is presented through puzzle maps and land forms. It includes the study of people and cultures in our country and around the world with an attitude of respect and admiration.
Botany & Biology
In our outdoor environment children are able to garden, collect, study, identify and label leaves, flowers and plants. We also study insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals. These lessons and experiences with nature inspire a reverence for all life.© 2010 Heritage Montessori School. All Rights Reserved.
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