This learning environment consists of a main hall equipped with Montessori materials; traditionally referred to as the “Casa” (Italian for “house”) houses the children aged usually from 3 to 6. Some children may be enrolled at about 2.5 yrs of age depending on their development and independence. AMS has one Children’s House learning environment; the main hall, a music room, an audiovisual library and two other classrooms for group learning and several toilets (baby & normal W.C).
curriculum areas present in the Children’s house
Preliminary exercises help the child acquire the skills necessary for the proper processing and use of language: the enrichment of vocabulary, categorization, visual and auditory memory, the sounds of the alphabet, sequencing, e.t.c. Writing, spelling and reading develop in the most natural way. Children learn the use of the different parts of speech. They also do word study, using objects and pictures to understand homonyms, synonyms, singular/plural forms, e.t.c. The pupils are encouraged to read individually and are read to during story-time which encourages vocabulary building and the development of comprehension skills
The Montessori Math curriculum is designed to help build a love for math and an aptitude for reasoning. This is achieved as the child works with concrete objects that prepare the mind for a deep understanding of the principles of mathematics. The children learn to recognize written numerals and their sequence of occurrence associate the numbers to the quantities they represent and then they can move on to learning about the four basic operations which provides a good basis for further work.
Through a meticulously prepared environment, we integrate geography, science, art, music and history. The child can:
- Explore the world of geography through work with the globes, puzzle maps of the continents, flags of different countries, land and water formations, as well as the workings of the earth’s elements. The child is able to have a better understanding of the part of the world in which he lives and gain awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. Zoology is studied in-depth and introduces the child to animals and their needs, characteristics and habits. There are also explorations in physical and chemical sciences. Sounds like a lot for a three to six year old, but the joy they feel as they do their work in these areas must be seen to be believed.
- Explore the world through science. Children are introduced to plants, water, the sun and how they affect their everyday life.
- Develop an appreciation for music and individual expression through art.
All children at this age learn through their senses. This area of the curriculum develops the mind (intellect) by refining (sharpening) the 5 senses. The child learns to organize and classify all information acquired through the senses. In this way, the child is led to study and develop the ability to discriminate such qualities as dimensions (length, size, thickness, and width), geometric forms, color, texture, weight, taste etc
As children work with activities such as spooning, transferring, beading, pouring, separating, polishing, lacing they develop the following qualities:
- Fine and gross motor movements
- Hand eye co-ordination
- Orderly work habits
- Independence – the child learns to care for self and others