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MONTESSORI - The Environment

The Children’s House curriculum is an integrated, holistic approach that is designed to help each child reach his or her full potential. Children aged 3 to 6 are sensorial explorers, forming their intellects by absorbing their environment, their language and their culture. The Children’s House classroom provides a prepared environment that allows the children to respond to their natural tendency to work.

This environment includes four distinct areas. The Practical Life area offers children the opportunity for care of self and the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement. The Sensorial area aids the children in learning to order and classify by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring. The Mathematics area helps children to understand abstract concepts by working with concrete manipulatives. The language area teaches oral and written language, vocabulary, reading, and grammar. The Atrium area is where the child’s spiritual development is nurtured through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The child’s response to time in the Children’s House prepared environment is one of joy, peacefulness, and self-reward.

The Montessori environment aims to provide a calm, quiet background which supports learning by allowing the learning materials to stand out and allows for the child to move freely and make constructive choices about which materials they would like work with.

Work Period refers to the uninterrupted periods of time made available in a Montessori Program for children to work with specific learning materials in ways in which they were designed to be used. A child might choose working on their own, working within a small group, receiving a presentation or watching someone else but the child is engaged in a constructive way.

The materials are designed to be presented and worked with in a certain order from simple to more complex; they appeal to the senses and are self correcting. The materials are categorized into areas of: Practical life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Music, Art, Science, Geography

A Different Kind of Classroom ––>