What they gain from a Montessori Environment? : All of the learning areas help each child in unlocking his/her great potential. Working on various materials helps in their Neurological Development as the hands send signals to the brain. Also, there is Psychological Development through interactions and a feeling of accomplishment when working on a material.
They develop the much needed life-skills of confidence, organization, thinking, problem solving and finally a love of learning and love and respect for any and every work.
A. The Montessori curriculum is followed broadly which involves five key areas of learning:
EPL or Exercises of Practical Life: This area includes activities like pouring, transferring, buttoning, polishing and so on. These fairly simple activities help in building their strong foundation. Children develop skills of organization, independence and concentration which also forms a strong base for learning Math and Language.
This area helps children develop their intelligence by learning through senses. Children explore dimensions, shapes, colors, textures, aromas and also develop their 3-finger-grasp necessary for writing. They develop cognitive skills such as thinking, judging, comparing which leads to the development of a mathematical mind and problem solving capacity.
This area encourages learning concepts in concrete forms. Children often feel the quantities rather than just rote counting. Sandpaper Numbers, The Golden Bead Material are some of the truly great materials which help children in learning math skills in an interesting and engaging manner.
Language development starting at as early as in the toddler program, we proactively work to develop their vocabulary through simple and fun games, stories and songs. This area provides a simulating environment rich in language with lots of puzzles and matching activities. They have an absorbent mind and learn vocabulary much more easily than later on in primary school. Sandpaper letters, metal insets and moveable alphabet help them to eagerly read and write much before they enter first grade unlike other play schools.
In this area they learn about the world around them. There are a wide range of subjects from botany to zoology, from geography to history. They also learn about various cultures through active celebrations in the school.
B. Social skills are an integral part of our curriculum where children indulge in role-plays to learn and develop the much needed social skills.
C . Music: Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik's curriculum is built on this research.
When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:
- Early Literacy They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
- Quantitative They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
- Social-Emotional They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness—like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
- Physical By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills.
- Creative Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark children's creativity and provide inspiration.
And of course, they develop a lifelong love of music
D. Every concept taught to our children is done through 5-6 different mediums. They work on Montessori materials, do hands on activities and then reach the abstract level of practice in our in-house workbooks.
E. Science Experiments: We aim to do simple science experiments with them so as to develop their scientific temper which will be a much needed life skill in the world of tomorrow. This would involve observations, asking how things happen and learning how to find answers. Fortunately young minds are always curious and love to investigate. Therefore, the earlier we encourage this curiosity, the better.
- Yoga for children
- Cooking activities
- Art and Craft
- Play dough
- Music and Dance
- AV room
A typical day at Linden
Begins in group circle, music and interaction with their friends and teachers. Social skills are re-enforced.
Work Time: The most special and crucial time wherein they have the freedom to make choices, try things out and do things for themselves under the guidance of a watchful and caring facilitator. Extended periods of learning and a one-on-one approach used by the Facilitator helps children master simple and practical skills in preparation to progressing for more advanced activities.
Snack Time: They have great fun and look forward to enjoying a meal in the company of their friends. From an early age they learn eating mannerisms and are conscious of cleanliness and eating healthy.
Other Activities: This part of the day involves various activities ranging from story-telling to art and craft, from dance to music, from cooking to gardening, from play dough to science experiments wherein the children explore their creativity and gain a sense of pride and self-esteem.
Free Play: The children indulge in this form of unstructured play on a daily basis which is not only extremely important for their brain development but also develops their physical strength and dexterity. This is also a place where they learn to share and resolve conflicts and have loads of fun.
A goodbye song is sung by all children before leaving school for the day.