DEVELOPMENT APPROACH TO EDUCATION
Our educational approach is centered around the stages of human development. This approach includes keeping abreast of current theories on development, regular student observation, and a constant evaluation of the curriculum to ensure that it is appropriate for the developmental stages of our students.
We recognize that the first six years are critical to a person’s development. For that reason, the programs in toddler and early childhood are as important as any other level of the school. We follow the Montessori curriculum which, by design, is adaptable to different paces and styles of learning. Each child works within an established curricular framework that includes the school’s expectations for basic academic achievement. If a child needs more direction at certain times or is not internally motivated in a given area, we feel it is our responsibility to acknowledge the personal preference but to guide the child toward that necessary work.
Active learning: We promote active rather than passive (“lecture and drill”) learning by: encouraging students to pursue studies in areas of their personal interests; using hands-on, experiential learning, such as concrete manipulative learning materials, experimental discovery seminar discussions, independent library research, field investigation; creating an environment in which the child’s personal success is the motivation for learning.
Practical Life Exercises
The Exercises of Practical Life, which are the foundation of a Montessori environment, provide a wholesome range of activities that allow a child to develop control and coordination of movement, awareness of its environment, good work habits, independence, order and positive self-image.
Children learn through the five senses. The primary purpose of sensorial exercises is to further refine his/her sense of touch, smell, sight and hearing. A child will be able to perceive sizes, shapes, colors, sounds, textures, odors etc. The sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for mathematics, geometry, geography, botany, art and music.
An activity based program that allows your child to have hands-on experience in learning mathematical concepts. Montessori arithmetic is taught through the manipulation of concrete objects.
The Montessori cultural subjects cover topics like nature study, botany, zoology, geography and history. Through creative activities such as modeling, painting and collage, children are taught to understand the distinction between past and present and how past events have led to the present situation.
A multi-sensory approach that combines phonics, stories and language experiences to bring forth meaning to the learning of reading and writing. In the system, the child does not learn by rote, but utilizes all his/her senses to help him/her read and write with proper understanding. Discovery becomes interesting, fun and creative through activities in the Pink, Blue and Green Montessori language series.
Grammar will be taught to enhance the child’s attention to the use of words in everyday speaking.
Thematic Based Learning
Thematic instructions seeks to put the cognitive skills such as reading, thinking, memorizing, and writing in the context of a real life situation under the broad aim to allow creative exploration.
Some of the thematic activities we do around the year:
1. Our Environment
2. Community Helpers
3. I am Important
4. Educational Field Trip
7. Fun with Shapes
8. Color Week
9. Land, Water and Air
10. Nature Table
12. Continent Folders