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Bird's Eye View

Practical Life

Practical Life works assist in the development of children's motor coordination, focus and concentration. Some of these activities lead from large muscle movements, like those necessary for scrubbing tables and chairs, to the more refined movements necessary for buttoning, buckling, etc. The mastery of the associated skills assists children in learning to care for themselves and their environment. As children acquire these skills and others, which focus on appropriate social interaction, they gain independence and self-confidence.


The Sensorial Exercises were created by Dr. Montessori to help make the child aware of the functioning of his/her senses and to refine and develop them. Each exercise isolates the input from one particular sense, intensifying and focusing the child’s experiences of it through repetition of each activity. After the absorption of this sensory input, or “key experience”, the child is given the language to associate with the experience, thus allowing him to classify and categorize the input he receives from his senses concerning his environment and express his experience accurately. The Sensorial Materials include experiences for the visual, auditory, tactile, stereognostic,  senses as well as thermic and baric stimuli.


The concepts of quantity, symbol, sequence, arithmetic, geometry, algebra and fractions are introduced to the child through the use of beautiful, manipulative materials. The child proceeds from the concrete experience with the materials to understanding and utilizing the abstract concepts, which they embody and demonstrate.


The most concrete aspect of language is sound. Therefore, to encourage language development, we first focus on increasing oral skills through vocabulary development and sound awareness activities, always associating words with concrete experiences. The specific materials and activities that assist the child with acquiring writing, reading and composition skills are presented, as are the materials that expose the child to the function of words and reading analysis.


The Cultural Subjects are comprised of materials and exercises with which children discover the connections and interdependence of different aspects of the larger world. The areas they explore include physics, geography, biology, anthropology, history, music and art. Their synthesis provides the foundation upon which, combined with peacemaking and peace keeping skills, the Montessori peace education curriculum is built.


Yoga in the classroom incorporates storytelling, filled with games songs and activities that engage children. This helps them to feel calm, peaceful and happy while stretching out their bodies.


Peacemaking and peace keeping skills, including problem solving and arbitration techniques, are demonstrated through role-play and practice. These, combined with the children’s familiarity with the common needs of all people, gleaned from their work with Peoples of the World and the Fundamental Needs of Humans materials, build a solid foundation for a peaceful individual.

Outside Play

Working and playing outdoors nurtures children's sense of wonder and adventure. Children who play in nature create experiences that develop executive function skills such as; planning and organizing, working memory, initiation, emotional control, and organization. 

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