Our MEL classroom is a world in miniature."Help me do it by myself". These little guys and girls are so much more capable than we realize! Can you find ways for your child to participate in meal preparation, cleaning, gardening, and caring for clothes, shoes, and toys? In comparison to traditional classrooms, we are here to guide and direct children to help them do everything themselves. In MEL, fun and academics goes hand in hand. Creativity will be enhanced through ART activities, EVERY TUESDAY. COOKING classes are also being held every Friday where children get to assist their teachers in every single step.
The layout of the classroom encourages exploration, communication and the development of relationships on all levels. Everything reflects a dedication to quality, beauty and to the children's abilities to do things for themselves. In addition, the children fill their days with activities centered on "Practical Life". Here they might learn to sweep the floor, polish silver and pouring activities which develop their fine motor skills. They experiment with sensorial materials that educate their visual, auditory and tactile senses. They play vocabulary sound games and sing and dance when the class gathers together for group activities.
Everything in a Montessori classroom is made to be easily accessible to the children. Here in PP1, children are ranged from 3-4 years of age. Children are being exposed to new materials to furthermore enhance their skills. For instance, the mathematical concept is presented firstly in a very concrete form followed by the abstract written version. The materials for mathematics introduce the concept of quantity and the symbols 1 through to 10. Then, using a variety of beads and symbol cards, the child becomes familiar with the numbers as a decimal system by means including concrete experiences with the operation of addition and subtraction operations, it not only teach the child to calculate, but they provide a deep understanding of how numbers function. They are also exposed to the Culture Area where they get to learn about nature, planets and different cultures. Every term a country box is presented to explain children about different kinds of transportation, food, costumes etc.
As the child progresses in their experiences, they are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the groundwork for reading and writing in the future. They are introduced to numbers and the decimal system- with the most amazing concrete materials to show them the way. They learn about the world around them, including plants, animals, art & music. In addition to being introduced to such a wonderful variety of curriculum, each child is able to work at their own individual pace.
In Pre Primary 2 everything comes to fruition for the child. Children have developed confidence and a sense of accomplishment and serve as models for younger children. Reading, writing and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless. They are ready to move on to a traditional first grade setting or continue on with us in the Montessori elementary program.
Extended Day Program
The 4 - 6 year old children who attend the 8:30am to 1:20 pm program will spend the morning in one of our mixed age classrooms until lunchtime, at which time the older children from both classrooms join together to have lunch and spend the afternoon together. Having a smaller group of just older children allows for more advanced, we focus on Math and languange according to preparation for primary school in what is called Extended Day Program. Extended Day is conducted in semi private tuition, with teacher – student ration of about 1 to 3 students only. During "ED" they learn Language and Math only, a strong academic enrichment to prepare them for primary school.
Through a series of very specific tasks, children develop muscular coordination, powers of control, concentration and good work habits. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and experience on sense of achievement when completing each task. These traits are the mark of an independent child with a good self–esteem, the foundation for success in other curriculum areas.
"The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge"(Dr. Maria Montessori).
The five senses are developed through an extensive variety of activities. Heightened awareness of the senses prepares the children for math, reading and writing. geography, biology, botany, zoology, art and music are also presented as extensions of the sensorial activities. Children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family.
Studies of geography, biology, botany and zoology, history and science are hands-on and enjoyable for the children. These studies bring concrete understanding of the world in which children live. As the world continues to grow ever smaller, the knowledge of different people and different cultures becomes important at an earlier age.
Exposure to step by step reading materials help children easily link sounds and symbols and encourages the development of written expression and reading skills. According to the Montessori Method children are taught to write and read through a different process from tradition at schools by using sandpaper letters. These sandpaper letters help children link sound and symbol effortlessly. Children then use a movable alphabet to create and read words independently.
Concrete tools in the Mathematics area provide children with a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepare them for abstract reasoning, and help them to develop problem-solving capabilities for advanced mathematics.
We apply a 3 period of lesson approach, "Introduction, Practice, Proficiency" for each students. Each apparatus will be introduced on a "one on one" basis, then the student will practice it until he/she is proficient. All progress in each area are neatly recorded to monitor each childs development.Supplementary Activities includes:
|MEL :||08.45 – 11.30 (we have 3,4 or 5 days/ week option)|
|PP1 :||08.30 – 12.00|
|PP2 :||08.30 – 13.20|