The Montessori curriculum is very broad based and covers traditional and uniquely Montessori subjects as given below.
The practical life section is the most important area in a Montessori classroom. It is through these materials that the child develops the self-confidence, control and concentration essential for mastery of the other more advanced area of a Montessori class.
The sensorial materials help the child to become aware of detail. Each of the activities isolate one defining quality, such as colour, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell. It is in this area that math concepts are first introduced and internalized.
The development of language in early- childhood classrooms is an umbrella for the entire Montessori curriculum. Language learning occurs most profoundly in the moment-to-moment life of interactions within the classroom. Children learn to listen, speak, and later to write and read.
Mathematics activities are organized into five groups: introduction to numbers, introduction to the Decimal System, introduction to tens, teens and counting, arithmetic tables, and abstraction. The preschool classroom activities will typically be activities found under group one through group four. Group one introduces units of quantity and illustrates their use in exercises that count up to ten. The mathematics work proceeds as in all Montessori learning, from the most concrete to abstract, as the child is ready.
The Montessori cultural materials introduce the child to a world of wonder. Science, history, geography, world cultures and more are included in the global vision of the Montessori classroom, where concrete experiences with the artifacts and experiences of other cultures enhance children's understanding of the world we all share.
Each of the above areas will be presented in simple format, even to the youngest child, and presentations will grow in complexity as the child matures in the environment.
The Montessori curriculum is non-graded and non-competitive, thus allowing the children to work and grow in an environment that permits their individual potential to reach its own level and at its own pace, without any negative or judgmental pressure.
A well-prepared, child-centric environment is a sensorial one which reflects beauty, simplicity, and order. A well-prepared, child-centric environment is a sensorial one which reflects beauty, simplicity, and order.
It provides well-chosen materials and activities which are required for learning.
Everything is carefully chosen by the Montessori teacher in order to best facilitate the child’s learning.
The Montessori classroom uses physical space and time that allows for concentration, design which allows children to find, use, and replace materials easily.
Walls are painted in neutral colours.
Shelves display a few objects at a time. They must be at Child reach level.
This prepared environment provides a calm, neutral, quiet background that encourages and supports learning.
We empower our children and the people who surround them to live in peace and service to the world. This is the world we want to create and the world that we work for every day at Beyond school. We hope this is a world you are also excited to be part of creating on.