Small Wonder Montessori School

Freedom with Responsibility

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Curriculum                                                                           "Follow the child."
                                                                                                                          -Dr. Maria Montessori
At Small Wonder Montessori School the classroom is divided into specific areas:

Practical Life: The activities in this area help the child to master their environment. It focuses on daily living skills.  It teaches them to care for themselves and their environment. The child learns to button, snap, tie, wash dishes( using real dishes and dish soap), washing tables, sweeping the floor, dusting, watering the plants. These are some examples of what goes on in the practical life area. In the process of these activities, the child learns to control their movements in an exact and purposeful manner. They will learn independence, order, concentration, coordination, self-confidence.

Sensorial:  The child learns through his five senses. Sensorial is an aid to the development of the math sense. The sensorial materials are designed to help the child organize the environment through his senses, aid coordination of movement, small muscle control, dexterity and eye-hand coordination. These materials consist of sets of ten with dimensions varying in lengths, heights, weights, colors, sounds, smells, shapes and textures. The sensorial education
at Small Wonder consists of many materials such as the pink tower, broad stair, cylinders, red rods and the geometric solids to name a few.

This is an important aspect of a Montessori program and is carried through all areas of the classroom. The youngest child may choose a lotto or memory game to help with letter and sound recognition, or look at picture cards for identification. Concentration activities help the child's memory. The sandpaper letters help to develop visual and tactile perception of letters. The movable alphabet helps the child explore the language used and is used for word building using phonetic sounds to form words.. The metal insets help develop fine motor skills for handwriting. Even the youngest child can write a story through dictation by writing whatever they say When the child knows the sounds of the letters, story writing continues as the child then uses creative spelling using only the sounds they hear creating their own story with their own words. The look on the child's face when reading begins to take place is priceless.

The classroom at Small wonder has a wide variety of montessori materials. The foundation that these hands-on materials provide are like no other. The child is introduced to materials by following a specific sequence from the sandpaper numbers,teen and ten boards, cubing materials,golden beads, stamp game, multiplication and division boards. These are just a few of the many materials that promote a strong foundation of numbers. All math lessons are introduced concretetly. As each child gradually moves forward with these hands-on materials they will eventually can complete the mathematical operations abstractly. Each child moves through the curriculum at his or her pace.

Additional Curriculum:
Includes art, music, dance, geography, history, botany, zoology and science experiments, all of which are geared to the the children's ability and interest.

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