Children have an innate desire to become independent and take care of their own personal needs. The Montessori curriculum supports their inner drive by providing an environment and the necessary materials to support the path to independence. Activities to support the many skills young children need to accomplish on the way towards independence are all taught as specific lessons e.g. dressing frames, hand washing exercises, putting away work, shake hands, pouring liquids, preparing refreshments, looking after classroom plants and so much more.
The Montessori Sensorial curriculum allows the child to discriminate and order the impressions that have entered through each of his senses.
Scientifically designed materials that isolate each sense, facilitate in the development of the intellect through hand on exploration.
The child learns to separate and classify forms, colours, textures, tastes and smells.
Exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, concentrating, comparing and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and essential development of dexterity that will lead to writing and reading.
The sensorial curriculum is divided into Visual Sense, Tactile Sense, Auditory Sense and Complex Senses (Weight, Heat, Shape, Smell and Taste).
The Montessori Math curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed material to lead them to the understanding of the value and sequence of numbers.
Four and five year olds are introduced to the basic operations: addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, at a concrete level.
Gradually children will move towards an abstract understanding of the concepts.
Geometry is introduced through the use of materials which are classified according to qualities.
Fractions are introduced in the concrete form.
Language in the Montessori curriculum focuses on Oral Language (Listening and Speaking) and the Written Language (Reading and Writing).
Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Through the use of Montessori materials, children acquire a rich vocabulary for labelling, describing, comparing and contrasting their environment and the people in it.
Children are introduced to “sandpaper letters”. The children will hear, feel and say the sound. When children are able to recognize about 75% of their sandpaper letters they are shown the movable alphabet. The children will make 3 to 4 phonetic sounds. When they are able to read back the sounds, they are introduced to formal reading.
Written language is introduced to children at about 4 years of age. Skills are taught by careful use of specially designed materials. The children start by careful being introduced to the metal insets. This activity helps with their natural dexterity, creativity and design as well as the 10 basic geometric shapes.
Literacy skills develop quickly as the child’s inner drive to learn is supported by a carefully designed Montessori environment.
The Montessori program is based on an integrated study of Science, Social Studies and the Arts.
The children will experience science experiments, sink/float, magnetic/non-magnetic, solid/liquid, living/non-living. Cultural differences and similarities are explored through music, dance and foods. Festivals and traditions are celebrated through the Arts, stories and geography.
Mandarin and French
Our Casa students learn Mandarin and French through vocabulary enrichments, songs, poetry and conversational Mandarin and French (short sentences).
Music, Drama and Art
We strive to provide our students with balance and enrichment to the Montessori curriculum.
Music is a daily part of the children’s experience, enjoyed during circle time, listening centre and through music and movement.
Art is infused into every area of the children’s day. Children will be exposed and experience a variety of different artistic mediums and develop an awareness for art appreciation and the joy of creating.
Drama is something our students will take part in regularly throughout the school year.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Yoga and Mindfulness are part of each child’s experience here at Blooming Lives Montessori. Children will benefit from regular yoga classes throughout the week. A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health and wellness of the mind and body.