Montessori Materials A full range of Montessori equipment is available in the school. The areas covered are:
Practical Life Dressing frames (buckles, buttons, hooks, laces), washing, polishing, sweeping, plaiting, tying a tie, sewing etc.
Sensorial Various activities and materials to develop all the senses; for example, the pink tower, cylinder blocks, colour tablets, sound boxes, sandpaper tablets, thermic tablets, smelling bottles and baric tablets.
The geometric solids and cabinet enable the child to hold and explore fully three dimensional and two dimensional shapes (while indirectly preparing him or her for writing). Binomial Etrinomial cubes also indirectly prepare the child for algebra.
Mathematics Dr. Montessori carefully designed the maths material to give the child a sound understanding of numbers and their relationships.
An idea is always introduced in a simple and sensorial way so the child can see, hold and feel a number or concept.
A one rod can be held in one hand; the ten rod is so long it’s taller than the child. One unit is the size and weight of a pea; a thousand is so big and heavy it must be held with two hands.
Gradually the child is led to an abstract understanding. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, combinations, tables, fractions, squares and cubes are all available to the child.
Language Since young children have a phenomenal ability to absorb language, every effort is made to give each child as much and as precise a vocabulary as possible, both oral and written. Listening to the child encourages the use of communication skills, either individually or in a group.
Sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds of the alphabet to the child, and various combinations of sounds. Activities in all areas develop the finger muscles so handwriting is accomplished without frustration. The reading activities are also spread throughout all areas of the classroom and provide an endless means of reading practice while satisfying a child's constant thirst for knowledge.
There are many and varied opportunities throughout the week for children to participate in nursery rhymes, poems and stories. Drama groups encourage children to develop in self confidence and the whole school contributes to a Christmas performance for parents.
Science All the basic laws of light, gravity, sound, magnetism and simple electronics are shown to the child during his or her time in the Montessori House.
Geography Globes, maps, flags, land and water forms and country "topic" weeks all introduce the child to the idea that he or she lives in a wide and wonderful world!
Art & Craft Painting, drawing, stencilling, collage and various levels of sewing are available every day. Weekly art and craft projects give the children an opportunity to print, make simple objects, cards, clay models etc.
Art Appreciation Observation of real paintings and large 'art cards' introduce the child to famous artists and the various styles of their work. This is often used to inspire the children's own creative efforts. Our older children visit Kenwood House to look at the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Turner.
Music During a child's time in school he or she will be encouraged to work with all areas of music, such as matching notes, percussion, rhythm and singing (in tune and time).
The school has two full sets of bells enabling the child to play, match and grade the notes form middle C to top C. Glockenspiels are also available. Percussion groups and rhythm activities are held regularly as well as learning about various instruments and listening to their sound. The stories of composers' lives and their music is also introduced.
Montessori Materials Nature table and studies, experiments with plants, a botany cabinet and cards showing all types of leaves and their parts are all designed to light a flame of interest in the vast subject of nature. Information groups and visits from animals are also arranged.
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