Children love working with beautiful objects, so all the materials are prepared with the greatest care. In the beginning of their school experience, the practical life area is of great importance. Here they will work on daily life exercises, such as pouring, transferring, mixing, brushing, opening and closing boxes/bottles/locks, sponging etc. Movements will be refined by repeating these exercises.
In the sensorial area your child can explore and learn, using her/his five senses independently. Maria Montessori recognised that children build on their physical experiences of the world through their senses and that by carefully designing interesting materials, with which the children were drawn to experiment, she could help them extend this understanding. Maria Montessori took each of the senses in turn and developed materials that isolated these aspects, which could then be explored by the children.
Both practical life and sensorial materials prepare your child for mathematics and language skills, expand concentration, and develop independence in organising work.
In the mathematics area your child will find the sandpaper number boards, which will give an opportunity to feel and recognise the numbers 0 to 9. There are many counting activities provided to combine numbers and quantity.
The same principle is used for teaching the alphabet phonetically in the language area. Sandpaper letter boards are shown one by one to every child individually. Phonetic objects help to identify the sound and to give meaning to the exercise (from concrete to abstract). The alphabet is taught phonetically i.e., we do not use the name of the letter (“f”), but rather refer to the letter by the sound that it makes. When the teacher writes the word, it creates a link between tracing and identifying sounds and leads to recognising words. This is the first step towards reading.
Finally, there is the cultural area, in which history, geography, nature and science are explored. In this area you will see globes, maps, nature jigsaw puzzles and objects. These are mostly linked to the chosen topic and reinforced with stories. Excursions and arts & craft activities will complement the topic. Your child will be asked to bring books, pictures and special objects to share.