The main aim of the preschool programme is to prepare children for the following elementary programme and to provide a foundation for all their further learning. There are five main areas of the curriculum:
1. Practical Life
The exercises in Practical Life are the very heart of Montessori education. As children prepare food, lay tables for dinner, pour liquids, sweep and dust, they are developing the inner aptitudes of calmness, order, concentration, coordination, and fine motor skills. This helps the child to gain confidence, independence and concentration.
In working with the materials, the children take things apart, put them back together, and think about what they do. This gives them practice in the skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. It leads to questioning and true creativity when they put things back together in new ways.
The Montessori language curriculum is designed to enhance the students' skills in reading, comprehension, writing and speaking. The child is also introduced to the phonetic sounds and shapes of the letters of the alphabet. There is a quiet book corner with books to give children an introduction to reading and a love of books, and to provide connections with children’s literature, geography and science.
The Montessori mathematics programme consists of sequential exercises that start with more concrete lessons and move forward into the abstract. The exercises are introduced initially in the physical form using equipment such as a large number rods and spindles. Numerals are then introduced. One goal of Montessori education is to stimulate the child's reasoning ability by developing the mathematical mind.
5. Cultural Studies
In addition to the core curriculum, your child will be engaged in activities that instill a lifelong love of culture. The foreign cultural curriculum is presented through songs, stories, games and activities that introduce students to other cultures. Each year geography is studied in depth. Students learn about physical and political geography, people and flags of distant countries, and the cultural similarities that unite all people.
‘The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the first one, from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.’