• Exciting Primary Curriculum for Children 2 1/2 to 6 + years of Age

    Exciting Primary Curriculum for Children 2 1/2 to 6 + years of Age

    Posted June 30, 2013 By in With | No Comments

    CountrySide Mmontessori School at the Little Mulberry Park  “where children love to learn, discover, and respect one another”,  offers one of the most beautiful classroom and outdoor environments anywhere in the United States.

    Our primary classrooms, AMI Montessori Curriculum (2 1/2  – 6+ years of age) are quiet, harmonious environments carefully designed for children to “actively learn by doing.”  A wide variety of research-based learning materials foster individual growth and a delight in learning.  Cooperation, a sense of community, independence, and a belief in one’s own abilities create a fundamental sense of self-worth and self-confidence in our children that serves them throughout their life. We offer a strong  Kindergarten program for 5 and 6 year old students, with heavy emphasis on math, writing (cursive) and reading. We have many opportunities for parent involvement at CountrySide, and we are delighted to have a very active community of parents!

    Some of the programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • The Practical Life Curriculum and activities are designed to foster independence, self-control, self-confidence, and self-esteem, characteristics that play a critical role in subsequent intellectual growth and responsible social interaction.  Logical sequence, attention to small detail, exactness, and purposeful activity cultivate aptitude for logic, mathematics, science and composition. The children receive satisfaction from mastery of the daily life skills and become confident in their own ability to learn and contribute.  Care of self, the classroom environment, and care of our vegetable, herb and flower gardens are integral parts of the practical life curriculum.
    • The Sensorial Curriculum and activities, designed to isolate and categorize qualities of the environment perceived through the senses, focus on the development of sensory perception.  The Montessori Program offers a multi-sensory approach to learning, encouraging the child to use the optimum combination of his or her senses.  Using the senses effectively, with refined distinction, lays a physical and mental foundation for further learning based in reason and judgement.  Aristotle said, “There is nothing in intellect which was not first in the senses.”
    • The Language Curriculum encompasses the whole classroom.  CountrySide Montessori School is a language-rich environment.  The children are given opportunities for discussions, storytelling, and naming curriculum materials like geometric figures, the continents of the Earth, or parts of an insect.  The specialized activities in the language curriculum assist in vocabulary development, phonetic progression into reading, and development of writing skills and composition.  The children are also exposed to German, French and Spanish.
    • The Math Curriculum begins with activities to teach sequence, recognition, and quantity of the numbers 1 through 10 and progresses through the function and facts of the four math operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  The children explore mathematical relationships, such as the squaring and cubing of numbers and fractions, by manipulating concrete materials that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare the mind for abstract mathematical reasoning.
    • The Cultural Curriculum and activities, including art, music, science, and geography, are integrated in the Primary child’s day.  Through exploring history and the natural world, the children begin an understanding and appreciation of the physical, political, and cultural nature of the Earth and its diverse populations.
    • Our curriculum is child-determined but teacher-guided.  This means that children are given choices about their learning.  They cannot choose to refuse to learn (but children naturally want to learn!).  They are given individual choices of lessons with the teacher and of materials to explore. They can choose the subject matter they want to study at one time, and spend as much time as they want on a given pursuit.  But they are expected to complete the Montessori curriculum within approximately the three-year cycles allocated and the teacher will work to assure that each child covers all the necessary areas of study.  Nearly all children cover not only the necessities, but a whole lot more.
    • Highly Trained Teachers.  Combining in-depth knowledge of the Montessori curriculum with refined observational skills, our highly trained AMI Certified teachers match the educational materials to each child’s developmental needs, guiding the child through an individualized curriculum that is developmentally responsive and relevant.
    • Individualized Instruction.

    Young children have the ability to absorb information easily and without any effort.  It is most likely that we have all noticed this remarkable ability within a child at one time or another.  Children in the primary program possess what Dr. Maria Montessori called the “Absorbent Mind”.  This name refers to the ability of a child to absorb, without any effort or fatigue, all aspects of one’s culture and environment.  During this period of self-construction the child is encouraged to do individual work to refine and practice skills, to concentrate, and to become confident while discovering the joys of learning.

     

     

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