Learning From Home
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For young children, there is something special about tasks which an adult considers ordinary such as washing dishes, polishing shoes, pouring water, grinding coffee beans etc. They are exciting to children because these tasks allow them to imitate adults. Imitation is one of the strongest urges during children’s early years. These activities also help the development of large to fine motor skills of young children.
The sensorial materials in Montessori classroom help children to distinguish, to categorize, and to relate new information to what they already know. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that this process is the beginning of conscious knowledge. It is brought about by the intelligence working in a concentrated way on the impressions given by the senses.
Children in a Montessori class never sit down to memorize addition and subtraction facts. They never simply memorize multiplication tables. Rather, they learn these facts by actually performing the operations with concrete materials.These various beautiful mathematics materials:
In a Montessori classroom, children learn the phonetic sounds of the letters before they can learn the alphabetical names in a sequence. The phonetic sounds are given first because there are the sounds they hear in words that they need to be able to read.
The children first become aware of these phonetic sounds when the teacher introduces the consonants with the Sandpaper Letters.
The purpose of studying the phonetic system instead of the alphabet is not to push children to be able to read at an early age. It is to help children to build up the concept and foundation of "how to sound out the word" by looking at the words. This specially helps them to sound out the words that are larger.
Geography and Culture
The large wooden puzzle maps are among the most popular activities in the
Science and Nature
Children are introduced to science and nature mainly through theme work. In science, the children’s natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments, helping the children draw their own conclusions. The plant and animal kingdoms are studies in an orderly fashion to foster a love and appreciation for all living things.
Arts and Crafts
From time to time, we offer children art and craft activities. Children also have freedom to explore their imagination a variety of mediums used in our classroom for expression. The importance of the process is stressed at this time not the end product.
Music and Movement
Music is fundamental in our classroom. All types of music are integrated. We play instrument, we sing along with the music, and we dance together in the circle time. Children naturally feel happy in the music session while their mind and body are being relaxed at the same time.