Preschool program:3-5 years old
Preschool children learn by doing. The concrete materials in the classroom allow the children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. One main feature of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and deeper ways.
Our curriculum spans across the following areas:
- Art, music and movement
- Language arts
- Practical life
Preschool children experience an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative play and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, and great changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these with appropriate one-on-one lessons to support each child’s unique growth and emerging capabilities.
We make use of the following elements of curriculum from a traditional school perspective:
- Bi-monthly themes allow children ample time to study the subject; utilising related arts, crafts, math and language activity which will enhance the understanding of the matter to young children. Examples of the themes are My Five Senses, Authors and Illustrators and Spring Insects.
- School readiness curriculum is introduced during the preschool phase. The curriculum covers foundations in maths, language and life skills in order to ensure the children are well prepared to integrate into a traditional school environment.