THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR MONTESSORI EDUCATION INCLUDE:
• Mixed age pre-school classroom (31/2 to 5 years)
• Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
• Uninterrupted blocks of work time
• A 'discovery ' model, where students learn concepts from working with material, rather than by direct instruction
• Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
• Freedom of movement within the classroom
• A certified/trained Montessori teacher
The Montessori philosophy respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. Her method does not compare a child to norms or standards that are measured by traditional; educational systems. Montessori is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction of criticism
At KMA we teach the five basic fundamentals of Montessori:
Considered the gateway and the beginning of many lessons in the Montessori environment, practical life exercises are repetitious and help children learn to complete work from beginning to end by following a sequence of performance steps. Such activities and tasks children see as part of everyday life are, pouring, spooning, watering plants, table setting, buttoning, zipping, washing windows, preparing food, doing dishes, folding, flower arranging, along with grace and courtesy presentations in which children will understand and practice appropriate social behaviors. Practical life lessons are the foundation of independence and empower children to care for themselves.
Sensorial materials are special tools and lessons that increase a child's awareness of shapes, colors, and logical thinking with touching, seeing, tasting, smelling, by ordering and classifying the physical properties in their environment and work materials such as the pink tower, brown stairs, sand paper blocks, sound cylinders, color tablets, etc. These sensorial experiences will help a child to perceive the world around them.
Mathematic materials are used to help the child to learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials. This work gives children a clear understanding of basic mathematical principals and prepares them for later abstract reasoning and problem solving capabilities. Mathematical lessons range from number recognition, place value, addition, subtraction, ordinal counting and all the way up to multiplication and division.
Language is vital to a child's development. Beginning with sand paper letters, children learn to connect sounds and symbols that encourages development of written expression and reading skills, soon thereafter children will move on to vocabulary development, sentence structure, reading comprehension, and writing skills.
A wide range of lessons and presentations that include geography, science, biology, botany, zoology, art, music, dance & movement. These subjects are presented to reinforce and enhance the experience in the classroom by helping children learn about other people, cultures, geographical studies, land, animals, plants, etc. broadening the scope of basic studies that will offer children an overall understanding and earned appreciation for the world around them.