The Montessori course enables us to ignite and awaken a child’s mind to the wonders of the universe and to help them better understand and know their role in it. Children in the Montessori follow their interests, wherever that passion leads; giving them a strong foundation in their development – academics, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, independence, initiative and a lifelong love of learning.
All children are innately interested in learning about the world around them and through their natural curiosity the Montessori program helps them develop and grow. Montessori schools promote hands on, self-paced, collaborative, joyful learning. By providing an environment that supports natural development, Montessori education enables children to develop the fundamental capacities that they need to become happy and fulfilled adults who contribute in meaningful ways to society.
EXERCISES OF PRACTICAL LIFE (EPL)
Simple everyday tasks have complex aims: to develop order, concentration, coordination and independence. Mastering these tasks play a critical role in future intellectual growth.
Everyday life skills, social graces and movement are taught through interesting and fun activities such as pouring, spooning, tweezing and sorting. These tasks help develop eye-hand coordination and small muscle control, which is the foundation for writing. Gaining an awareness and responsibility for their environment is taught through activities such as cleaning, watering plants, returning materials to their original location and moving around the environment courteously.
Sensorial activities are designed to educate and refine a child’s senses.
The materials in this area help a child to recognize similarities and differences between colour, size, shape, weight, texture and more. Refinement of the senses develops critical thinking, concentration and sequencing, which are the building blocks for math, reading and writing.
Mathematics activities are designed to develop the child’s numerate skills. The study of Mathematics starts in the EPL and Sensorial areas. Children are indirectly preparing for math as they discover similarities, compare differences, find sequences, sort items and complete cycles of activities. Specifically designed math materials are presented in a visual and tactile manner, allowing children to see and hold in their hands specific quantities. As a child is ready, more advanced and abstract concepts of mathematics are available to be explored.
Language activities are designed to start developing a child’s reading and spoken skills.
In language we introduce the child to the sounds of letters by using a multi-sensorial approach with objects, pictures and matching games. Once sounds can be isolated the children are then ready to blend sounds together to start reading small words. The Montessori approach to language development is respectful to each child’s individual needs and desire to absorb verbal, written and reading skills.
Embedded in our curriculum is also an important facet of a child’s development in Cultural Studies. It is now even more imperative that our children be equipped with the skills to think critically, to be able to analyse and problem solve, to be able to research, to communicate and collaborate effectively.
At Legacy School, this course of study in pursued through the discovery of classical subject areas such as geography, history, astronomy, botany and zoology. In addition, our children understand their role in the world today and the challenges that they will have to cope with as they become adults. These challenges are explored in the local, national and international contexts through various interactive theme-based projects.