Montessori house of childern

"Help Me to Help Myself"
- Dr. Maria Montessori


The Montessori education system was developed by Italian physicist and educationist Dr. Maria Montessori. ‘The Montessori House of Children’s as it is popularly called has an interdisciplinary curriculum. It is characterized by its emphasis on independence, freedom, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development and their in-born need to explore and discover new things constantly. It is a prepared environment which caters to a mixed age group. It is a three year sequential learning program geared for personal, academic and social excellence for the child.

The system encompasses five broad areas:

Practical Life: The ability to conduct oneself in everyday life is the first and the most important step in the process of a child’s development. It is here that the children will first experience and gain independence and self confidence. Each day they are offered exercises and everyday tasks designed to help them to develop fine motor skills, focus and concentration, self esteem and sense of order. The children learn sharing and practice grace and courtesy with a “Please” and a “Thank You”. Young children enjoy and take pride in caring for the environment, of oneself and each other – indoors and outdoors. Activities the children choose are the simple tasks that they see as part of their daily routine in their homes such as wet/ dry pouring, spooning, shoe polishing, folding clothes, watering, tying laces etc.

Sensorial materials: Focuses on the development of sensory perception. All five senses are engaged as children learn to differentiate among sizes, colours, weights, forms, textures, scents, tastes and musical sounds. These materials give the children the ability to increasingly refine their senses, identify and classify information, increase understanding and awareness of the environment. These sensorial exercises facilitate the development of the intellect with hands- on exploration which also provides a foundation for later math and language work.

Language: Exercises assist in the effective development of oral language skills, listening skills, writing and reading skills. The child is given an opportunity to develop oral skills through discussions, storytelling, poetry, vocabulary lessons etc. The “Sandpaper Letters” help children link sound and symbol effortlessly.

Writing and reading skills are generally developed subsequently. To further enhance reading skills, children are taught basic grammar. In addition to these five areas of the curriculum the students also receive second language instructions in Kannada and Hindi.

Mathematics: Activities help children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials .Various activities allow the child to internalize concepts of quantity, sequence, decimal system, place value and to explore the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This work gives children solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepare them for later abstract reasoning and helps develop problem-solving capabilities.

Geography, History, Botany, Zoology: are integrated where children learn about people and cultures in other countries. In Science our extensive curriculum exposes the children to concepts that aid in understanding the way our natural environment works. In Botany the children learn about the parts of plants as well as how those parts function to help the plant grow. In Zoology the children learn about the parts of a bird, fish and animal. Continents, land mass, water bodies are covered in Geography. The school has a large outdoor area where children indulge in simple gardening activities and learn to explore nature.

Art & Music: Art programs give children every opportunity to enjoy a variety of creative activities and gain knowledge. They work using a variety of materials to create an expressive piece of art which includes colouring, painting and craft. Music is an integral part of our day where children sing rhymes, bhajans with movements.

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