All the activities in school help to develop your childs skills in the six early learning goals
and learning style; children learn by teaching themselves.
The young growing child's development: physical, intellectual, social and emotional.
to the child's growing skills.
Montessori materials stimulate in the child: multi-sensory learning and independent thinking.
"Education is not something which the teacher does, but it is a natural process that develops spontaneously in the human being."
At Acorn Montessori Nursery, your child's days are filled with rich and varied curriculum. Our teachers have been carefully trained to ensure that the exciting and productive experience of Montessori learning unfolds for each child in the nursery.
The Montessori curriculum is divided into five core areas of study: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural.
Practical life exercises are designed to teach children life skills. The basic principles behind Practical Life exercises are that they are real e.g. the child washes real dishes or sets a real table for an actual meal. Other activities use scaled down versions of real equipment e.g. brushes and brooms, polishing kits, folding and sorting clothes, even packing a tiny suitcase. Exercises for manners which are called grace and courtesy promote intellectual and physical development, enabling the children to respond to their environment. This lays the foundation for later academic achievement. In addition, these exercises show children how to behave in certain situations and help them to acquire the social skills essential for everyday living in society, learn self-discipline, which leads to independence.
Sensorial exercises involve innovative educational materials that assist the child in the development and refinement of his sensory organs. On the sensorial shelves there will be specially designed materials to encourage development of the senses, such as fabrics to sort by touch, smelling bottles, rough and smooth tablets, cylinders with knobs which have to be fitted into the right holes in a block, etc. each of these is used to stimulate and refine the sensory areas and will be presented to the child to be used in an exact way to aid his development. In all the activities based on this material, hand and eye co-operate in learning to distinguish different shapes, sizes, weights preparing for mathematics. Sensorial materials also prepare the child for reading and writing.
Cultural subjects, in Montessori terms, are the areas of knowledge which enrich the childs understanding of all aspects of the world they live in, and under this heading are included the various branches of science, history, geography, music, art and craft.
Montessori equipment allows the child to discover patterns and rules for themselves through handling the apparatus, and progressing gradually from manipulation of concrete objects to the symbolic representation of number on paper. Introduction to maths begins long before they begin to manipulate numbers by handling number rods, counting out beads, counting spindles into boxes and arranging coloured counters in patterns of odd and even. Children work with the maths operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using Montessori Golden Bead material. The success that the child meets here inspires confidence and a desire to seek out future learning experiences.
The language program begins with readiness activities. It is imperative that each child be allowed to progress to a state of physical and mental readiness before formal language exercises are introduced. Montessori uses the phonetic method. As the child differentiates and recognises sounds, then begins the process of word building and then blending sounds into meaningful reading and writing.