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We do this through various areas while keeping in mind the needs of each child.
Exercises of Practical Life
Some of the early developmental activities that we offer the children in the Montessori environment is a group of activities known as Exercises of Practical Life. The children perform these as developmental activities. The activities are presented by a trained adult in precise manner which helps satisfy the child’s urge to be independent at the individual level, social level & environmental level.This area includes day to day activities which are divided into various categories namely Care of Self, Care of Environment, Grace and Courtesy, Art Work and Needle Work.
These activities are designed as per the prevailing culture of the child’s environment and thus the child along with Independence, also gains life skills like the ability to:
Build his Concentration: the child’s interest and need to repeat the activity leads to concentration which then serves him for his entire life.
Further refine his Motor Skills: The child conducts activities such as pouring, stringing beads, using pincers and many such activities which then builds his hand and eye co-ordination, moreover, creates a harmony between the working of his mind and body.
Develops his Social Skills: Through activities such as greeting people, offering and receiving things, showing gratitude and respecting personal space, the child learns to live as a member of his society.
Create a Sense of Order: The child is based in a prepared environment where he learns to replace the activities on the shelves which enables him to acquire a habit of order at a time when he craves for it. The sequence followed by the child while doing the activities helps him understand how to prioritise in his future life.
Inculcate Dignity of Labour: The child has a pleasant association with activities such as polishing shoes, dusting, sweeping, mopping and washing that are reinforced in a way so the child develops a positive attitude towards others who perform these for their livelihood.
This area helps satisfy the child’s urge to be independent and build his character with a sense of responsibility towards himself and others and empowers him to take care of self and the environment.
The child’s senses are his gateway to intelligence, the Sensorial activities serve these senses. The sensorial activities are meant to help the child penetrate more deeply, intelligently and methodically into his environment and to explore the world around him. When he works with materials like Long Rods and Pink Tower it helps him to discriminate size and volume respectively. He does activities using his intellect to distinguish differences in the various qualities of matter such as colour, shape, size, temperature and weight.
Besides the five regular senses that we are aware of namely visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory and tactile our Montessori way of learning also includes thermic, baric, stereognostic and kinaesthetic senses.
Through Sensorial Activities we also impart culture to our children where he takes the impressions of land and water forms, works with maps and is introduced to various aspects of Botany, Zoology and Geography. With these exercises the child develops concentration and observation. This area exposes him to abstract qualities, encourages imagination and generates concept of innovation.
Language gives expression to thoughts and experiences. In our Language Section we start the child with oral communication that includes Conversational Language which increases and enriches his vocabulary.
Then we focus on Oral Phonetic Analysis and I-Spy game where the child is given the sounds first. Once the child can differentiate most of the sounds we then move onto Sandpaper Letters to introduce the association between the sounds and the symbol.
This is then followed by Moveable Alphabet, which helps the child to independently put down his thoughts. The child is then indirectly prepared for writing using the Metal Insets and can progressively write across various formats.
He is taken from simple to complex reading in stages: from a word to phrases, to short sentences, to long sentences and in the end to analysing those sentences, which imbibes the various parts of speech into the child.
All these activities have materials that the child can handle and work with to understand language at a deeper and appreciative level. The child is also given other languages prevailing in the culture of the country. We give rich cultural aspects to the child through this area wherein he further reads about the world, botany, geometry, biology and other sciences and uses this information for self-expression.
Our way of giving language to the child makes reading and writing a self-explored and enjoyable process. Here the complexities are broken down and given in a timely manner so that the child explodes into reading and writing and is taken further into the world of language.
The Montessori Method of Mathematics helps the child understand this abstract subject with carefully sequenced, concrete and manipulative material that the child can handle and work out the advanced math skills. For example our six year old child can add, subtract, multiply and divide in thousands which then can be compared to a second grade child in a traditional school.
The child moves from understanding what numbers are, through simple number activities to slightly complex mathematical operations with large materials. As he moves on to less concrete forms of material he does more complex operations in mathematics.
He is introduced to and understands the decimal system, learns fractions, becomes aware of the denominators and numerators and the concept of squares and cubes before he graduates to the elementary section.
The minds of our children are so enriched through this scheme of mathematics that they are capable to work with numbers at the elementary level confidently and in simple ways. These activities help nurture the mind through application rather than rote learning. For our children dealing with numbers becomes easy and joyful.