Through the principals of learning developed by Maria Montessori, the activities and lessons at Bright Beginnings Montessori allows each child to experience the excitement of learning. Our classroom is spacious and orderly and especially prepared to complement and service your child’s growth and interests. Our teacher’s objective is to help them to perfect all their natural tools for learning, so that their ability will be at maximum in future learning situations.
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Accommodations of Different Skills and Abilities
- Young children mature at different rates and their periods of readiness for academic subjects vary a great deal.
- The use of individual materials permits a varied pace that accommodates many levels of ability in the classroom. A child that needs more development may work for many weeks on the same piece of equipment without affecting the other members of the class. Advanced children in the same room can move from one piece of equipment to another very quickly, thus avoiding the boredom of waiting for others to catch up. The children with a high level of ability are constantly challenged by the wide variety of materials and their many uses.
Bright Beginnings Montessori preschool program is based on self-direction, non-competitive and cooperative activities that help a child develop a strong self-image, high levels of academic and social competence, and the confidence to face challenges with optimism.
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The use of Montessori Materials involves many motions- walking, carrying, pouring, speaking and particularly the constant using of the hands. The materials of Practical Life exercises are those used in everyday life and are designed to accomplish a meaningful purpose. Although Practical Life Exercises may seem simple and common, they are very important.
Carrying water in a pitcher and pouring it into a basin helps the child to perfect his coordination. As he becomes absorbed in an activity such as sorting cutlery, he gradually lengthens his span of concentration. He learns to pay attention to details as he follows regular sequence of actions. Finally good working habits develop as a child finishes each task and puts away all his materials before beginning another activity.
A young child meets the world around him through constant use of all their senses. To examine a new object a child will look at it, hold it in their hand, shake it, and feel the texture and weight of the object. Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Sensorial Materials which would sharpen their senses and enable them to understand the many impressions they receive through them. These materials help the child to distinguish, to categorize, and to relate new information to what they already know. Through the use of these materials, the children are able to determine in color, size, texture, weight, shape and sound.
The art of the written word and spoken language begins with the use of Montessori Materials such as the Sandpaper Letters, Movable Alphabet, and the Metal Insets. We begin each day learning and reviewing our sounds with the use of the Sandpaper Letters. The children learn the phonetic sounds of the letters before they learn their names used in the alphabetical sequence. The phonetic sounds are given first because these are the sounds they actually hear in words. Once they have learned the sandpaper letters, then they are ready to construct words using the moveable alphabet. The students are first introduced to writing by tracing the Sandpaper Letters and then forming letters in the sand tray. Their pencil grip and pencil control are strengthened by using the Metal Insets. They trace the geometric shapes and then fill in the outlines with a colored pencil of their choosing.
The teachers at Bright Beginnings Montessori focus on each child’s individual development, and expose them to a variety of learning experiences that allow the children to progress at their own pace. For those children who have developed a strong knowledge of the sounds, we have incorporated the use of Primary Phonics readers and workbooks into our language program. We offer a wide variety of literature, seasonal and themed materials for the students to work with. These materials and books, as well as the books located in our children’s library, are updated frequently to coincide with the themes and lessons being discussed in class.
Young children are constantly exposed to examples of mathematics within their own environment. They see shapes, hear numbers, count items and are generally aware of quantities. The Montessori math materials help children to clarify and classify these concepts by explaining each in a concrete and manipulative manner. Children proceed from simple linear counting to number/quantity relationships to a tangible explanation and management of the decimal system. Materials are available to square and cube numbers and also to work with the process of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Through the use of the Montessori maps, the children learn to identify the continents. Each continent comes to life as the children learn about the countries, flags, animals, people and food native to that area. Through classroom lessons and hands on activities, the students can appreciate different cultures and are able to more clearly understand and observe the world around them.
With the use of Montessori Materials designed to teach plant and animal classifications, the children become more observant and engage in classroom discussions. Through daily lessons, they learn the concepts of living and non-living. Throughout the year, the children study about animals from around the world and their natural habitat. In the spring, they learn about plants and the life cycle of a caterpillar. The activities and lessons the teacher provides give the children the opportunity to learn through their senses. By having plants available in the classroom, the children learn to water, clean and nurture them. Planting seeds allows the children to measure and record the plant growth. The children learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar as they watch it firsthand transform into a butterfly. This helps them become more observant of things which grow and live in their own environment.
Young children have a strong need for creative art experiences and are therefore provided with all types of art media and materials. The art area provides choices for self-directed seasonal art work involving tracing, drawing pictures, cutting, gluing and coloring, as well as participating in group craft projects. These art projects build upon the themes and lessons discussed in class throughout the year.
Music is an important part of a child’s development. In the classroom, soft background music is playing during the children’s work time. The children also engage in sing-a-longs and playing musical instruments so they can gain exposure to the different types of instruments and how they are used together to create various melodies and rhythms.