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 Montessori


"The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth." Maria Montessori.

The curriculum covers a wide variety of Montessori activities which incorporates the foundation stage curriculum.
The nursery offers a Montessori work cycle that operates in the morning and afternoon. This forms part of a well-defined Montessori curriculum.
It is the Montessori materials that provide the key to reading, writing, language, maths, geography, science and cultural awareness. Children are free to select and help themselves to an activity with guidance by pursuing his or her individual interests; the child acquires an early enthusiasm for learning. By being allowed a choice, the child becomes responsible and confident while learning with enthusiasm. Children quickly become independent; this helps to form your child’s character and personality. Children will become confident and gain self-esteem.


Dr Maria Montessori was an inspirational woman who studied and analysed the world of a child, creating an approach towards their growth and education that incorporated every aspect of their development to allow each to fulfil their potential into adult life.


Activities for everyday living

These exercises are enjoyable tasks based on day to day activities in the home. It promotes independence, co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills. It is through these exercises that your child will develop concentration and dexterity.

Everyday living exercises / Practical life

These exercises are enjoyable tasks based on day to day activities in the home. These activities promote independence, hand eye co-ordination and fine/gross motor skills. It is through these exercises that your child will develop concentration and dexterity.

Sensorial

These activities will stimulate each of the senses and develop the child’s ability to refine their senses, thus preparing the child for the later Montessori activities such as language and maths.

Some of the materials used are listed below:

·       Pink tower

·       Knobbed cylinders

·       Rough and smooth boards

·       Sound boxes

Mathematics

When the child’s interest in numbers has been developed it is then when the child will be introduced to the maths curriculum. When the child’s interests in numbers have been developed he/ she will be introduced to five stages of math activities, from the simple exercises to the more complex.
Examples of these are number rods, sand paper numbers, spindle boxes, cards and counters addition and subtraction rods and beads, fraction circles and multiplication and division boards are used.
Literacy

Reading is promoted by sound recognition and other phonic activities. When a child is ready they will start by being introduced to sandpaper letters, where the sounds are taught on an individual basis. They will then move onto the large movable alphabet, where the child will build three and four letter words phonetically. The final stage when the child is ready is to begin reading Montessori scheme books.

Numeracy and Arithmetic

When the child’s interest in numbers has been developed the child with be introduced to the maths curriculum. This includes the five stages of maths activities, from the simple exercises to the more complex. Examples of these are:

·       Number rods

·       Sandpaper numbers

·       Spindle boxes

·       Cards and counters

·       Fraction circles

·       Addition and subtraction rods and beads

·       Multiplication and subtraction boards

Physical

Children have the opportunity to develop their fine and gross motor skills within the Montessori curriculum. We set up activities indoors and outdoors, allowing the children to see the garden as a daily extension to the indoor classroom. This is part of the free flow environment.

Creative

Creative development is encouraged through many forms of play. Some of these are listed below:

·       Art and crafts

·       Drama

·       Imaginative play

·       Painting

·       Messy play

·       Home corner – role play

Knowledge and Understanding

The world is explored in many ways at the Little Learners. Our curriculum covers History, Zoology, Geography and Science. We also think it is important to celebrate varying festivals as well as children’s birthdays.




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Watford | Tel: 01923 804488

Northwood | Tel: 01923 824 324

Cricklewood | Tel: 020 8450 3322 

Wembley Park | Tel: 020 8904 1014

Wembley | Tel: 020 8904 1001



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