The Montessori System of Education

The Montessori curriculum is divided into four core areas of study: practical life, sensorial, language, and mathematics.
 

Practical Life

The daily living exercises develop order, concentration, coordination, and independance.

Sensorial

These activities enhance the five senses. Through the use of special material's, the child's classifying powers become more refined. Awareness of the world is heightened as he experiments with shapes, color, sound, volume, taste, size, smell, and touch.

Language

The classroom provides opportunities for oral communication skills by using stories, poems, and vocabulary enrichment. Exercises such as phonics, reading and creative writing are introduced as the child is ready.

Mathematics

Using manipulative materials the child is introduced to counting, numerals, the decimal system, concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions, as well as fractions, vocabulary and beginning math facts.

Cultural Enrichment

In addition to the core curriculum, the child will engage in activities that instill a lifelong love for science, history, cultures and the arts.

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"The child has one intuitive aim: his self-development. He desperately wants to develop his inner resources and his abilities to cope with a strange, complex world. He wants to do and learn and see for himself, and not through the eyes of an adult. The child who accomplishes independence moves into harmony with the rest of his world. He becomes a full person."

– Dr. Maria Montessori