During this stage, children make great developmental strides and show an enormous interest in the world around them. They are eager to learn, explore, and exert their ever-growing independence. Children learn through their interactions with their environment, by exploring, experimenting, touching, building, and doing things by and for themselves.
The Montessori method is integrated with the thematic approach to tie separate disciplines together. In this way, one lesson leads to many others. We provide an enriching hands-on learning experience with specially formulated Montessori materials for math, language, sensorial, practical life and culture.
In the Practical Life area, the child develops specific skills that prepare for academic growth and interaction with others. It is the foundation for all other work. While children learn everyday activities like washing, tying shoes, or preparing foods, they are simultaneously developing their coordination and learning a sense of order through sequence. They become independent through self-care.
The Montessori Sensorial materials help the child distinguish differences in size, weight, texture, sound, colour, and shape. Each of the five senses is engaged by a specific piece of equipment, allowing the child to develop through personal discovery. Learning to listen carefully enables the child to perceive subtle differences in the sound of the letters; experiencing the geometric shapes facilitates the ability to distinguish abstract letter forms. Thus, when a child develops their senses, they acquire the components for all other learning.
The Language program is filled with games that satisfy children’s fascination with sounds, words, and expressions. These games provide the foundation of phonics and reading. A child masters the alphabet through tracing sandpaper letters and learning the phonetic sounds of each letter. Students prepare for writing through colouring designs, tracing, sandpaper letters, and building words with cut-out letters. Because each child progresses at an individual rate, some children will read at four, some at five, and some at six. The actual age is not as important as identifying the right moment of readiness.
Cultural Activities are a vivid part of the Montessori classroom. The children explore art, food, storytelling, music, drama, zoology, botany, and geography. The music program is designed to nurture self-esteem, develop social awareness, motor coordination, and to build listening skills. The creative arts activities enable children to develop their inherent abilities of visual expression. Appropriate materials are presented and kept available in the classroom. An international and multicultural approach to geography strengthens children’s appreciation of individual differences and enriches each child’s own personality.