Our Care and Education center has all the Montessori materials necessary to teach children; these materials can be divided in three groups: The Practical Life Exercises, which are the beginning activities for our two and a half years old children; the Sensorial Materials which can be used by all ages in the classrooms; and the Academic Materials, which await each child’s moments of interest in reading, arithmetic and geography.
Practical Life exercises assist in the development of their understanding; these activities help them to concentrate while they are doing them, and in turn it aids the child to develop an organized method of thinking.
Few synonyms of Practical Life are: essential, necessary, vital, and needed. We teach Practical Life so children can learn daily tasks in a consciously way. Practical Life exercises will help children to coordinate hand-eye movement at the same time that they gain independence and adapt themselves to live in our society. Best of all, they enjoy doing the Practical Life exercises.
Sensorial exercises help to promote the child’s brainpower. Since it is still not clear if we got our intelligence through genetics or inherited through the environment, we do our best to provide our children the most excellent education from the very beginning.
Maria Montessori created the sensorial materials to engage the children’s five senses. The five senses are at work as children learn to differentiate among colors, weights, sizes, shapes, textures, scents, tastes, temperature, and sound.
Our brain needs information in order to understand, compare, classify and build our intellect. Children learn best by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting and listening.
Oral language will be developing through discussions, poetry, vocabulary lessons, etc, and a phonics approach to reading.
Math exercises introduction to numbers at our Care and Education classroom is through the Blue and Red rods and the Sandpaper Numbers; by learning both of these activities the child will begin to comprehend the association between the numbers one to ten. Plenty of exercises will give the child a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles at the same time that prepares them for a later abstract reasoning and problem solving.
In addition to the above, we have a beautiful play area which includes blocks, puzzles, dramatic play, music, etc,
A library with tons of books updated and changed often.
A large craft area for them to explore and put their imagination to work (and to create their dreamed crafts and masterpiece paintings).
We are not a play-base group day care. Our Montessori teachers will not only care for your child’s well being but also for their education following the Montessori philosophy.
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning"
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