"Thus the human personality forms itself by itself, like the
embryo, and the child becomes the creator of the man, the father of the man" - Maria
Montessori commenting on the phenomenon of the child's "unceasing labor of spirutal
incarnation." - The Secret of Childhood
|WIPING CREAM CHEESE OFF SPREADER TO PREPARE FOR NEXT STUDENT
|TURNING ON THE FOUNTAIN, ENJOYING SNACK WITH FRIENDS
teachers carefully and creatively prepare the exercizes of
life” or “daily living” based on the
development of the children in their class. Examples include pouring, spooning, eyedropper, tweezing, and
sewing exercises, and carpentry.
The act of taking care of one's self and the environment also develops a sense of
community. The children take care of their classroom and
its surrounding gardens and it becomes their own shared space.
children prepare and serve their own snack, dust the shelves which display their materials, arrange flowers, sweep and mop
their own spills, and polish mirrors and windows. Innately fulfilling to the child, this is the work through which the child
develops concentration, coordination and a sense of beauty and order.
Musical Enjoyment and Appreciation
Our music area includes a variety
of musical instruments for exploration and musical improvisation. Children learn how to play simple tunes using the pentatonic
scale. Older children may learn how to read and write musical notes. The joyful singing of songs reflecting the beauty of
nature and the changing seasons, aspects of culture, everyday living, and humor are a regular part of community life
Visual and Tactile Arts The children learn how to handle and express themselves through
a wide variety of art media. A collection of art prints is available for the children's enjoyment and for matching and
learning the names and styles of famous artists.
Other Sensorial Experiences
The Montessori Sensorial activities challenge the child’s perceptual and cognitive skills. They
are specially designed to coincide with the child’s developing ability to observe, classify, and order his or her experiences
in the world. Artistic and mathematical awareness, perception, and understanding
are developed through manipulating these materials.
first phenomenon that awoke my attention was that of a little girl of about three who was practicing slipping our series of
solid cylinders in and out of the block…. I was surprised to see so small a child repeating an exercise over and over
again with the keenest interest.” Maria Montessori -
commenting on the phenomenon of repetition in the developing child
- The Secret of Childhood
The best in children's fiction and factual literature is available
for the children's enjoyment. We read many of these books in our circle times. Later, we often overhear children "reading"
these stories to each other in our book corner.
Writing and Reading
The coordination for manipulating a pencil has been
developing through the many Daily Living and Sensorial activities involving fine motor coordination. Use of colored
pencils for tracing the shape frames and insets provides further preparation for writing.
Tactile tracing of sandpaper letters and introduction of their sounds
are the first steps in writing letters and learning about their use in the written word. Next, moveable letters are
matched with objects whose names begin with their sounds. Soon the child builds words using those letters.
A child who is ready begins to blend sounds into words to read them. Many experiences with print and early
phonetic training prepare the child for this big step. Children progress into the labeling exercises and the early phonics
readers. Every child progresses at his or her own pace in a way that is natural and comfortable for the child.
Our children love their books, enjoying
them both alone and with others in quiet little corners of their classroom. The making of little
individual books to read to others encourages the beginnings of their creative writing and the development
of their reading and writing skills.
|A Sensorial Introduction to Geometry
The child's natural emerging
ability to think mathematically and to
delight in the process is both the means and
of the math experiences provided. Children begin with
matching sets of objects to numerals,
and proceed with other inviting
concrete materials that reveal the concepts involved in the mathematical
All materials are
designed to appeal to the child's logical thinking and to
make sense of mathematics.
Science and Geography
Our students develop a sense of fellowship, understanding,
and responsibility for the world they live in through respectful interactions
with nature, which inspires a sense of wonder at the beauty and logic of our world.
Opportunities are available for exploring nature, through habitat study, gardening, and a library rich in science
material. Simple science experiments reveal the properties of matter and other phenomena.
Our children experience aspects of various cultures through stories, factual literature,music,
and cultural holiday celebrations.
“Month upon month life brings us new birth…..”
"Green is our garden and fair is the Earth"
|Diarama by the Stream - Planted by Tina Risse, Garden Gate parent, and her mom