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The Montessori Curriculum is divided into different areas of learning;
We have prepared a Montessori environment that is calm, engaging and responsive to each individual child at all stages of their development.
There are many activities and games that are both educational and fun, but as they are enjoyable for the children, they see them as exciting and new! At Spring Close, children learn through natural development and are not forced to do anything, we simply direct them to something which will both stimulate and encourage them.
Activities for everyday living; Young children have a strong urge to become independent. Practical Life activities help them to perfect the skills they need in daily life. Whilst learning essential life skills, the children are also developing hand-eye co-ordination and the capacity to focus their attention for the entirety of an activity. Successful completion of such tasks gives children a real sense of their own achievement, and this builds their self-confidence.
Sensorial; Children are vividly aware of the world, constantly exploring it and taking in impressions through all their senses. The sensorial materials encourage children to order and classify the physical properties of the world they live in. These activities stimulate and develop the senses, refining children's powers of observation, perception, exploration and communication. Incorperating a control of error these activities can be done without the adult, whence 'doing it by myself'
Mathematics; Montessori mathematics materials enable even a very young child to achieve a natural appreciation of mathematical concepts through his or her own efforts. This avoids the mental blocks which so often occur in children faced with purely abstract concepts. Specially designed equipment helps children to grasp concrete ideas along with sensory experience of numbers, quantities and mathematical operations. Gradually children can move confidently to complete abstract mathematical problems. Many Montessori educated children leave Spring Close Montessori with a genuine love of numbers and mathematics.
Language & Literacy; At Spring Close Montessori School children learn to express themselves. The freedom offered to the children creates many opportunities for them to communicate with their peers and the adults. We emphasise the development of vocabulary based on real experiences and the early preparation required for reading and writing. Advanced activities take the child well beyond the basic skills into reading and writing for interpretation, creativity and pleasure. Once again some of the children leaving us will be able to read CVC words and more.
Art & Craft; There are unlimited opportunities throughout the morning for children to make, paint, stick, create, an abundance of pictures, constructions, etc at their will. We also incorporate & encourage drama sessions whereby the children will act out familiar stories, with their peers.
Physical; As well as the everyday, fine and gross motor development, both inside and outside, we offer a weekly Dance/music/movement session with a qualified dance teacher.
Cultural exploration of the world;The Montessori approach covers a wide range of subjects which reflect the broad interests of young children. The Montessori environment stimulates these interests and extends knowledge and understanding of art and crafts, geography, history, music and science and the natural world. Cultures from around the world are explored and celebrated.
In many schools, direction in everyday skills, social graces and discipline are sometimes lacking.
In Montessori Schools, the children learn these skills as well as covering a whole range of academic subjects. At Spring Close, the teachers work closely with the learning materials developed by Maria Montessori to help children learn in a more creative and positive way. We set expectations of appropriate behaviour based on respect for people and property
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