Every Montessori school by default has six areas of study
prepared in each classroom. The areas consist of:
The Art area is for coloring, painting, pasting, cutting and other creative projects that help expand the children’s imagination and strengthen their hand and eye coordination. In the Practical life area they develop their concentration, coordination, organizational skills and build independence. They learn how to care for themselves, others and the environment they live in. In the Cultural and Geography department they are exposed to the basic concepts of our planet and beyond. They learn about the air, land, and weather. They study various
maps of the continents along with their cultures.
The Art area is where children can express themselves and their individual creativity. We provide unique projects tailored around coloring, painting, cutting, pasting and other creative projects that help expand the children’s imagination and strengthen their hand-eye coordination. Children are provided the freedom to discover their artistic passions and abilities in this area.
In the Practical life area they develop their concentration, coordination, organizational skills and build independence. They learn how to care for themselves, others and the environment they live in.
In the culture and geographical area, the children are exposed to the basic concepts of our planet and beyond. They become familiar with things such as; land, air, and water,maps, continents, people, food, culture, and music from other countries. We allow children to share examples from their own cultures with their peers, as well as discuss cultural events and traditions.
Our Montessori teaching is designed in such a way that all activities gear themselves naturally toward the development of the skills required for written and oral language and reading. We will provide language lessons through the California Phonetics Reading program and apply various language development practices through Montessori designed computer methods. Language develops and flows within classrooms as students are encouraged to practice their freedom of conversation. We also use the precise names for all objects and workstations. We have a variety of books available for each child to explore, as well as reading books to them. In addition to English lessons, we also teach Spanish.
In the Sensorial area, children become familiar with texture, taste, various sounds, colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as developing math skills. They have a series of objects and apparatus that help them learn more about each different sense. For example, we provide “Color Boxes” which are three boxes of color tablets that the children match progressing towards grading of colors darkest to the lightest. This work helps children identify colors and develop visual discrimination. We provide geometric plane figures which help children develop discrimination between shapes. Knobbed cylinders help children develop visual comparisons when it comes to different sizes. We have a series of projects that help children develop skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and much more.
We have a very large indoor and outdoor section developed for our Science area. Children will study subjects such as mammals, plants, zoology, magnets, space, and much more. The children will conduct various experiments and share their science projects with their peers. We also have a technology department which is constantly being improved upon and provides children with computer lessons. We are constantly innovating new science-related activities for the children to explore.