Children's House

Children choose their work from among self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and they work in 5 well-defined, specific areas. Over a period of time, the children develop into a “normalized community,” reaching a high level of concentration with few interruptions. Maria Montessori referred to “normalization” as the process through which the child progresses, from being undisciplined to self-disciplined; from disordered to ordered; from distracted to focused. This is achieved by working in a specifically prepared environment, and with repeated use of materials that captivate the child's attention.

Our comprehensive Curriculum aims to help the child to develop his personality in an integral manner.

The 5 specific work areas of our Children's House Curriculum are:

PRACTICAL LIFE

Practical Life includes those activities performed in everyday life to maintain the surrounding environment and the person in adequate living conditions. The purpose of Practical Life exercises is to help the child become independent, self sufficient, to achieve order, and to learn to follow action sequences designed to provoke concentration. Practical Life exercises cover 4 activities:

  1. Care of the environment
  2. Care of self
  3. Development of social relations
  4. Coordination of physical movement

SENSORIAL

The purpose of Sensorial exercises is to help the child to develop the 5 senses. This is achieved by exposing the child to Sensorial material during the sensitive periods the child goes through. The Sensorial exercises enable the child to discriminate, order, classify, and describe sensory impressions with relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, smell, etc.

MATHEMATICS

Montessori views Mathematics as a natural mental process that begins at the concrete level and progresses to the abstract level. Mathematics material is concrete, solid. Each exercise encompasses a specific experience that is the basis for the child to develop his/her own abstractions in the future.

LANGUAGE

There is a specific period during the child's development in which he naturally and spontaneously learns the language in an unconscious manner. Utilizing the Montessori material, the teacher indirectly helps the child to enrich and perfect his language. Language exercises are targeted to teach to read, write, and obtain an awareness of the meaning of words.

SCIENCES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

An important element in the development of the child's personality is the actual contact he has with reality and his ability to involve himself in it. The freedom enjoyed by the child in the prepared environment allows him to experiment, observe, manipulate, receive, explore, perceive, discover, and classify. When Maria Montessori talks about Natural Sciences, she does not refer to the knowledge of natural phenomena, but rather to an inner relationship with Nature.

Our children also receive lessons in the following subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
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