Village Montessori is curriculum is based on the traditional Montessori primary classroom, for children age 2.5 to 6. This is traditionally an open curriculum in a well prepared, developmentally appropriate environment for a child of this age range.
During our morning work-time the child is free to work in all five distinct areas that constitute our prepared environment. The afternoon work-time is focused on more individual lessons with the older child as our little ones are resting, or have gone home for the day.
Practical life enhances the development of eye hand coordination, gross / small motor control and cognitive order through care of self, the environment, development of social relations, and coordination of physical movement.
The sensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, and pitch.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative material to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.
Language arts include oral development, written expression, reading, and the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and the childrens literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations, allowing the child to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing. Village Montessori offers German as a second language.
Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, life science and earth science, music, art and movement education are all part of the integrated curriculum.
What Sets Montessori Apart?
|Emphasis on cognitive development||Emphasis on social development|
|Mainly individual instruction||Mainly group instruction|
|Mixed age group||Same age group|
|Child works at own pace||Group sets instructional pace|
|Environment and method encourage
|Teacher acts as enforcer of discipline|
All work is valuable in the childrens house. We follow the whole child with an emphasis on supporting the sensitive periods during early childhood development. Montessori philosophy recognizes that children have a natural drive that inspires them to reach their potential.
Their minds are like fertile fields, and their inherent love of learning is stimulated when they are given opportunities to engage in meaningful activities with the proper balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers.
Montessori children develop skills of concentration, motivation and self discipline. Within this frame work, each child progresses at his own pace and rhythm, according to his individual capabilities and is inspired to learn with wonder and confidence.