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Montessori at Little Orchard

The Montessori curriculum for the over threes is introduced at Little Orchard as follows:
                            
The first area that your child will be introduced to is called Practical Life. In this area, your child will be given the opportunity to practice developing his/her skills in looking after him/herself and the surroundings. For example, children can practice pouring, transferring, sweeping, mopping, washing, folding, cooking, etc to develop co-ordination and dexterity skills. 

Equipment in the Sensorial area helps to refine each of the five senses. For example, the sound boxes help to develop listening and music skills, colour boxes help develop observation and perception skills. The sensorial equipment also indirectly prepares the child for later mathematics and language work, as they help the child to order, grade, classify and describe their sensory impressions.

Maria Montessori, before working with children, studied Mathematics and through her observations of children she designed the mathematical equipment used in our classroom. Our children gain a physical impression of concepts such as numbers, counting skills, simple sums, measurement, fractions etc. 

Language and literacy is enriched within the environment through the use of phonetic games, songs, rhymes, stories, books, and writing through the introduction of the sand paper letters. Language is also present throughout the classroom as everything is labelled to encourage an interest in reading.

In our classroom we try to promote cultural awareness through our Cultural area. We encourage children to explore and investigate their environment, using the equipment that Montessori developed for this purpose. Biology, geography, history and simple science activities are included in this area.

We, like Maria Montessori, feel that it is very important that the children are able to express themselves freely in the Creative area. Various materials are available for the children to use to make, draw, cut, glue, model, etc. Light classical music is also played to promote musical appreciation. Drama, singing, role-play, yoga and playing musical instruments are encouraged.