Why Choose Montessori?
Montessori emphasises learning through all five senses. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to a love of learning.
In our Montessori environment, children have the freedom to choose their own activities. With this freedom of choice, children become enthusiastic learners and this will aid them to develop self-discipline as well as develop their preferences and be aware of their capabilities and limits.
At Fawkham Montessori lessons are delivered in small groups or tailed for individual needs. This enables the teacher to discover more about each individual child and their inner development. Children develop best in a caring environment where they are allowed to express themselves and when learning experiences interest them.
The Montessori environment is a nourishing place for children to learn and grow. It is designed to meet a child’s needs. The environment is responsive to the continually changing needs of any growing child and expression is encouraged through art/craft and drama or role play. The child’s self-esteem is central to Montessori education. At Fawkham Montessori, we believe in providing an all round learning environment which will help the child to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.
The Montessori Curriculum is an innovative learning framework that incorporates specific learning outcomes and knowledge skills that align with children’s developmental needs and interests. It is divided into five key areas of learning;
Practical Life includes life skills to help develop independance, co-ordination, concentration, self-control. self awareness, confidence and include;
- Care of self (food preparation, dressing and washing)
- Care of environment (cleaning, gardening, care of pets, environmentalism)
- Grace and courtesy (greeting, manners, social interaction)
- Control of movement (refining movements, walking the line, moving quietly)
Sensorial Activities allow the child to refine each of their senses.
- Sight (Visual)
- Touch (Tactile)
- Smell (Gustatory)
- Sound (Auditory)
- Stereognostic (Kinaesthetic)
Language is based on phonetic awareness. Children work through specific hands-on and tactile language materials, such as sandpaper letters, to the moveable alphabet. Language is not an isolated topic but runs through the curriculum. The spoken language is the foundation for writing and then reading.
Mathematics is development with the use of concrete learning materials. The sensorial area is the preparation for maths. Hands on materials are used, such as number roads, sandpapers numbers, number boards, sprinkle box, beads and games. Each exercise builds upon another and the child gradually moves to from concrete to abstract areas.
Culture allows the child to explore the natural world around them and include;
- Geography (continents, land form, earth, layers, solar system)
- Zoology (classification, physiology of animals)
- Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants)
- History (time lines, using a calendar)
Art and music could be considered cultural activities however creativity is encouraged across the curriculum areas.
The Montessori Classroom
At Fawkham Montessori our classroom is a child-sized world, with chairs, tables and shelves, at the appropriate size. It is a unique feature of the ‘prepared environment’ that every object in the classroom has a specific place and purpose. Our Montessori classroom is an open space for children to explore and discover. Children choose their activities from open shelves with self-correcting materials and work in distinct work areas, which is why all our tables are left empty. Children are able to express their interests without being directed or sat at a table with certain activities.
The practical life exercises enhance the development of task organisation and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and refinement of physical movement and coordination.
The sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation, length, width, temperature, mass, colour, etc.
The Montessori math materials, through concrete manipulative materials, allows the child to internalize the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.
The language work includes oral language development, written expression, reading, and the study of grammar, creative dramatics and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters (loose alphabet letters) and various presentations allowing children to effortlessly link sounds and symbols and to express their thoughts in writing.
Through other activities children are also presented with geography, history, life sciences, music, art and movement education.
The very first activities our pre-school offers are set to develop your child’s ability to look after him/herself and their environment and encourage respect for their surroundings and their fellow students. We deliver these activities through role-play and resources to ensure you child has a sound understanding on the concept being portrayed.
It is one of Montessori’s principles to always follow your child’s nature. Whenever your child tends to act spontaneously and constructively in any particular way, Montessori methods help your child along their path.