The Practical Life materials are a very important part of a Montessori learning environment and lay the foundation for all further learning. These purposeful materials develop motor control and coordination, independence, concentration and a sense of responsibility. They cover two main areas of development: care of self and care of the environment. The Practical Life activities are purposeful and meaningful to children as they are activities that are familiar to everyday life. They contribute to the child's control and coordination of movement, development of concentration and self esteem.
The sensorial materials helps children develop and refine their senses. It is through the senses that children begin to understand their environment. The materials helps children to sort out different impressions thus helping them understand concepts such as color, size and dimensions. They also prepare the child for reading, writing and arithmetic.
From the moment a child steps into a Montessori setting, they experience a language rich environment where they absorb everything. Sounds are introduced using the sandpaper letters. By using the phonetic system, children are given the keys to language.
Children are naturally attracted to the science of numbers. It is part of their everyday environment. The Montessori maths materials are introduced in a very simple and concrete way. The manipulation of concrete materials facilitates exploration of and understanding of mathematical concepts. Children learn to count using the number rods along with learning to recognize the symbols using the sandpaper numbers.
We aim to enable the child to see a global outlook by helping them see how they fit into their environment geographically, historically while gaining a deep understanding of the cultural makeup of their world. As we explore other cultures, parents have the opportunity to get involved by sharing their own cultural experiences. Children learn to respect, understand and appreciate other cultures as well as develop a knowledge and sense of pride in their own identity within their own culture.