Port Elgin Montessori Preschool

Port elgin montessori preschool


WHAT IS MONTESSORI?

The Montessori Method...

The Montessori method has been well received internationally and has become recognized for its developmental theory, educational practices and most importantly success with children.

Montessori is a form of education that was established by Maria Montessori in the year 1907.

Maria Montessori based this scientific philosophy on her observations of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, she created an educational system that started with a child’s natural love for learning. She then provided materials and lessons that compelled them to investigate, imagine and discover education. 

A quality Montessori classroom has a busy & productive atmosphere. Within an enriched environment, freedom, responsibility, social & intellectual development will spontaneously flourish!   

What Makes Montessori Unique?

The primary aim of a Montessori program is to help each child reach their full potential in all areas of life. The activities in the classroom encourage the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical co-ordination, and cognitive preparation. The role of the teacher is to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn more effectively. 

All the materials in the classroom are organized into 5 curriculum areas. The materials are carefully sequenced so that each activity has an orderly & logical process to follow. This allows the child to organize their thinking and problem solving skills in a clear way.   


Curriculum Overview

Practical Life

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The purpose & aim of practical life is to help the child to gain independence and adapt to society. Some activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their home, such as preparing food and washing dishes, along with exercises of grace and courtesy. 

Sensorial

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 Sensorial materials help to develop and refine the senses.  Each material isolates one sense at a time to assist the child to discriminate and refine each sense.  These materials aid in the ability to discriminate differences and recognize similarities, as well as the development of memory and imagination.

Math

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 Through these activities the child will learn fundamental abilities necessary for higher level of mathematical concepts. This includes: discrimination, recognizing similarities & differences, constructing and comparing patterns.  These activities give children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem- solving capabilities. 

Language

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 The Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversations, stories & poetry. The sandpaper letters help children link sound and symbol effortlessly, encouraging the development of written expression and reading skills. The Montessori Method uses a phonetic approach for reading. Each area in language has activities that emphasize beginning, middle and ending sounds. To further reading development, children are exposed to the study of grammar.  

Culture

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 Children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration.Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family. Montessori cultural activities typically include geography, history, general science, botany, zoology, music, and art.