Peace making and conflict resolution are a daily part of the Montessori
curriculum. The Peace shelf is full of lovely, interesting and calming
objects from around the world, like music boxes, smooth stones, or tiny
flowers, for children to touch and hold. There may be a mirror, so children
can see how they look when they experience different emotions, and books
with peaceful messages. At the Peace Table teachers help children to be good
listeners and forge mutually agreeable solutions to conflicts through a
peace bear and peace rose. It is also a place where children can choose to
go to enjoy a peaceful moment alone.
Grace and Courtesy
In our classrooms, children and adults take care to be gracious toward and
courteous of one another. This area of the curriculum encourages respect for
oneself, for other members of the community, for the living things in the
classroom, and for the environment. Carrying things carefully, returning
them to their place so others may use them, moving gracefully and carefully,
using polite and respectful language, showing consideration to others, good
table manners, properly introducing oneself, and interrupting politely are
all part of the lessons in Grace and Courtesy.
Every day Living
This area forms the cornerstone of the Montessori classroom and prepare the
child for all other areas. The emphasis is on process rather than on
product. Through the repetition of Every day living activities, children
develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives.
The Toddler classroom offers the early Every day living exercises, such as
Pouring, Opening and Closing, Spooning, Bead Stringing, Polishing and Large
Water Activities. These activities are aimed at enhancing the child’s
development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of
order, concentration and independence.
Young children learn through their senses, they begin to take in and
understand the world around them through their senses. Sensorial activities
assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning
about their sensory input. Sensorial materials include Knobbed Cylinders for
practice with dimension, Pink Cubes, Color tablets, tactile exercises like
Rough and Smooth, Musical Equipment, Sorting and Shapes, olfactory exercises
like sound matching, gustatory exercises like distinguishing smells etc.
Math exercises in our toddler classroom , encourages the development of
important pre-math skills such as order, sequence, visual discrimination,
sorting, one-to-one correspondence and directionality. Toddler Math
activities include stacking and nesting cubes, number blocks and puzzles,
and sorting and counting materials, and sand paper numerals.
The Language materials in the Toddler classroom encourage the refinement and
enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally
reading. Early Language materials and oral exercises like storytelling and
reading aloud support the toddler’s need to be immersed in language.
Activities include books, puzzles, naming objects like fruits, vegetables
and animals, and beginning sound games. Toddlers are exposed to wide variety
of rhymes and songs and finger plays which aids in language development and
Toddler and Primary children are exposed to the sounds and rhythms of the
Spanish language through games, songs, and activities. Lessons initially
include counting, colors, and basic vocabulary.
Toddlers and Primary children enjoy music classes learning concepts such as
beat, meter, and rhythm. Introduced to different types of musical
instruments.Toddlers learn to use their bodies with the rhythm of the music.
Children are provided with a perfect natural environment to develop their
large motor skills. Toddlers are guided into nature walks, explorations and
Children learn about our responsibility to the community at large and learn
from their experiences with others. As a school with parent involvement and
child awareness we raise funds to support any needed child during the
holiday season, and children help to buy and gift wrap gifts. The school
also supports Cancer fund raisers where students sell books, lemonade etc to
raise funds. We conduct fund raisers to help educate underprivileged