Montessori Framework in a Nutshell
Children are bombarded from birth with sensory information. The sensorial area was developed by Dr. Montessori for the purpose of categorizing sensorial experiences. The materials in the classroom allow the child to categorize numerous sensations. A few examples include; large/small, thick/thin, sweet/sour, loud/soft, smooth/rough, light/dark, cool/warm...
Practical Life Lessons:
It is the responsibility of the Montessori Directress to teach the children practical skills for the purpose of success in life. At school young children can learn the practical exercises of: putting on their coat, zipping, buttoning, tying, sweeping, pouring and many more opportunities. Practical life lessons offer an invaluable opportunity for building self-esteem in young children.
When lessons are presented well, a pre-primary child is able to build numbers into the thousands. Montessori is one of the few programs that allow this opportunity for young children.
Language, Pre-reading and Reading Lessons:
The Montessori Method for learning begins at the beginning by identifying the sounds that the alphabet letters make. Lessons in language progress to reading.
Children are fascinated with the globes, continents, animal matching, solar system, cloud formations and other information about the world they inhabit. Part of Montessori's peaceful environment includes the education of young children in regard to the likenesses and differences of people with whom we share the world.