Children are provided with sensorial exercises to strengthen their small muscles for writing. The classroom is stocked with tools necessary to create the written word. Phonic materials assist the child in sounding out and building words that he or she will later read with ease and enjoyment. Students who learn quickly will be able to move on to small books.
Children in the Montessori classroom never sit down to memorize mere facts. The children gain understanding of mathematical operations through the use of beads, rods, spindles, and cards.
Science is introduced through the observation of plants and animals. Montessori science packets are used to teach the child to identify and classify parts of his natural environment. A large yard provides ample opportunity for gardening, observing animals, and the changes nature provides.
There is a weekly Bible lesson which includes a story from the Bible, a verse to memorize, and discussion about the character of God and how we need to choose what is right. God’s love is emphasized as we help the children towards kindness and caring for each other.
Geography, History and Social Studies
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Land and water forms are explored using clay models. The globe and color-coded maps encourage broader thinking about the world. Different cultures are explored by studying traditions, dress, food, and flags of different countries.
Group activities and Art
Although the Montessori classroom focuses in on individual learning, children are given opportunity to develop social skills. Music, dancing, and group games are enjoyable activities along with the time to play outdoors with their peers. Children also demonstrate pleasure in painting, origami creating their own personal “works of art”.