The Curriculum Reflects Our Philosophy
Lake’s little Scholars Montessori is committed to the Montessori approach to education providing freedom within a prepared environment, and stressing academic individualized learning and development for the young child. The Montessori Method of education develops the child’s five senses, through manipulative materials in the classroom. Each classroom is equipped with shelves that surround the room and contain hands on educational materials. These materials are arranged in a progression of graduating difficulty allowing the child to see his or her own progress.
Each classroom in divided into five distinctive areas...
This area contains materials that help children develop simple and complex motor skills that are needed in everyday life. Among the practical life works are spooning, pouring liquids, buttoning, zipping, snapping, tying, sorting, etc. These exercises also satisfy the need for movement that the young child feels, and helps the child develop independence with a strong positive self-esteem. These exercises help the child develop fine motor skills and coordination needed for grasping a pencil and beginning to write!
The shelves in this area of classroom contain materials that help children develop their five senses. Sensorial type materials that help the child develop an ability to sort things by size, shape, color, touch, and by weight. They will grade from dark to light and from large to small. The Sensorial materials are mathematically graded and lay a solid foundation for geometry, geography and mathematics.
This area of the classroom includes a reading corner that is comfortable and filled with books that are inviting to the child. On these shelves there will be materials to help the child develop writing skills with the correct letter formation and also sound recognition. The materials are phonetic, based on the introduction of letter sounds to encourage early reading ability. Meaning is given to letters and words.
The children experience learning with physical materials to understand number quantities and their symbols. Not only will they learn numerals and their quantities but the four operations in concrete form. When doing addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, the children literally carry and borrow and change the quantities involved with the use of beads. As they put them together and take them apart, they perceive unconsciously the interplay of numbers and explore and memorize addition and subtraction.
Geography and Science
With the geography materials the child is given his physical world. These materials provide enlarged view of the child’s world and the people and culture near and far away.
The science shelf in the classroom will include “work” that the child may choose such as finding out what type of items are magnetic and which ones are not. Shell recognition may be studied, the life cycle of a butterfly, the parts of a plant, classifying animals into land, air, or sea animals.
All of these materials create a fascinating learning environment for your child!
General Montessori Classroom Procedures
Children are free to work with classroom material, after the materials have been presented to the student by the teacher. The child is allowed to remove the materials from the shelf to enjoy as long as they choose. The child is taught to finish the work they begin. They may repeat the exercise, create or discover more potential beyond the teacher’s presentation of this material to the child. The material is then returned to the shelf in the correct place. A mat or rug is used to provide a base or boundary for a child’s work. The children move about freely, working and observing.
Classes will be offered once a week to all the students during the regular school year. The program will provide music appreciation; promote student participation in musical activities and music programs twice a year. Another objective for the music classes is to introduce the students to various styles of music and the different types of musical instruments. These classes will be taught by the teacher who is certified by the State of Texas to teach music in elementary school.