1. Practical life
Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment. These activities help to give the child a sense of being and belonging, established through participation in daily life with us.
The sensorial area in a Montessori classroom focuses on lessons and activities that help develop the five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. The lessons and activities provided in the sensorial area of the classroom help children clarify, classify, and understand the world around them. Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of language and motor skills.
When teaching language, we utilize both oral and written forms within the learning environment. In early childhood classrooms, we incorporate songs and poetry to engage children in a playful and enjoyable manner while exposing them to language. We aim to expand their vocabulary by identifying objects in the classroom and introducing more complex terms. Our primary emphasis is on the phonetic sounds of letters rather than their names, encouraging children to pronounce "k-ah-t" instead of "see-ay-tee." Furthermore, children begin spelling words using movable alphabet box long before they can write in the traditional sense.
The Montessori Math curriculum covers a wide range of mathematical concepts, including numeration, place value, fractions, and the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Children learn these concepts through a variety of hands-on activities that engage their senses and encourage exploration and experimentation. The use of concrete materials, such as number rods, beads, and cubes, allows children to visualize mathematical concepts and better understand their relationships.
In addition to traditional mathematical concepts, Montessori Math also includes the study of patterns of all kinds, such as numerical patterns, abstract patterns, and patterns of shape and motion. This broad approach to mathematical learning helps children to see the interconnectedness of mathematical concepts and develop a deeper understanding of mathematics as a whole.
At Kidoz, apart from academics, our program aims to develop motor skills, coordination, healthy habits, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. The Montessori materials are designed with built-in feedback to control errors aimed to show when a mistake has been made. Children are encouraged to be independent of oversight which develops their self-confidence and incentive to practice and improve.