The Montessori Curriculum
This area consists of real-life practical activities which build a child’s self-efficacy and self-confidence. The child may have seen some of these activities at home and engaging in the Exercises of Practical Life can help the child settle into school routine when they first begin at Montessori. Children are encouraged to learn practical skills such as caring for classroom, managing zips and buttons, poring drinks and setting up the table to make them independent around the classroom. Practical Life activities encourage the development of Concentration, hand and Eye Coordination, respect for everyone around and gross and fine motor skills.
Essentially mathematics is about understanding relationships in the environment and being able to express them in mathematical terms. Through the manipulation of specifically formulated materials children can understand the whole structure of our number system. Our classrooms have a range of interactive, hands-on materials that assist children grasp the concepts of quantities, number of families and basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Culture & Environment
We will support their emotional and social needs, empowering them to build on their confidence, self-esteem and sense of belonging through a safe and trusting environment. Through their studies of botany, zoology and cultural studies, children gain an awareness that they are not alone in this world. They develop an understanding of where they fit in their neighborhood, community, country and the wider word. Through these studies the child begins to discover similarities and differences in cultures around the world. A respect toward others and feeling proud of their own cultural background.
During the early years, children absorb and learn any language they are exposed to effortlessly. Hence, here at Remuera Montessori our language materials are based on a meticulously structured phonic approach to writing and reading. This way children are indirectly preparing their language skills through mark-making, singing, poetry and listening to stories. In the classroom, language is presented to the child in a tactile sense and not as a formal tutorial in grammar. Conversations and vocabulary development are encouraged through group activities and individually.