Our Montessori classroom is a prepared environment which consists of four major areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. With materials designed and created by Dr. Montessori, children will learn through self-discovery, interests, interaction with children of mixed ages as well as the careful guidance of our staff during the three-hour work cycle. At Penpals Montessori Children's House, we provide a supportive, positive environment that will entitle each child and parent to be involved in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
The major purpose of these exercises is to develop a child's confidence, gross and fine motor skills, self-discipline and concentration. Practical Life activities help children grow in independence by showing them how to take care of themselves, look after their environment, allow them to practice grace and courtesy and perfect their control and refinement of movement.
These exercises help children refine their senses where they get familiar with concepts such as size and dimension. Sensorial exercises help children learn how to observe, reason, compare, distinguish, categorize as well as correct the errors of their senses. The Sensorial materials set the foundation for Mathematics as well as help children develop descriptive language.
Our language program is composed of spoken language, written language and reading. The language exercises allow the child to fluently express him/herself and help him/her develop the powerful ability to understand words as well as to understand our fellow men. By the time the child graduates from our program at Age 6, he/she is mostly likely able to fully verbally express him/herself in a clear manner, write meaningful passages in cursive, as well as read and understand what the author is trying to convey.
Children in our environment learn from concrete to abstract, from simple to complex. Our Math area focuses on the thorough understanding of quantity and number symbols. The decimal system and the four basic operations, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division are understood in a concrete manner through use of our Math materials.
This area includes History, Geography and Biology. Our Cultural area has materials that help children become aware of their surroundings as well as appreciate the gift of nature around us through fun activities and hands-on materials. These materials allow the children to understand human life and develop an appreciation of where we live.
Arts & Craft
Children are provided with opportunities to express themselves and be creative through art and craft projects.