MONTESSORI FOR 3- to 5-YEAR-OLDS

Encouraging imagination, exploration, and innovation.

Your child is truly unique, with interests they find captivating and worthy of further exploring. As described by Dr. Maria Montessori, children are exhibiting the characteristics of the Absorbent Mind. At Maria Montessori International Academy, we’re committed to helping children at these ages develop physically, emotionally, and cognitively at their own pace as part of the  Preschool and Kindergarten program.

Our Montessori curriculum is designed to help each child gain self-esteem, independence, physical development, and academic achievement — the ingredients of a thirst for lifelong learning. Throughout the early childhood development years of 3 to 5, students are gaining the skills that will set an important foundation for how they approach challenges for years to come.

“A child needs freedom within limits.”

During the ages of 3 to 5, children are further exploring their creativity and imagination. Encourage them to do so independently! At Maria Montessori International Academy, we establish an environment that is designed to help children at these ages thrive and grow in their understanding of the world around them.

With the Montessori method of learning, as Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned it, a child is given the “freedom to select what attracts him in his environment, to relate to it without interruption and for as long as he likes, to discover solutions and ideas and select his answer on his own, and to communicate and share his discoveries at will.”

It is important during these early stages of development that children are given the ability to choose their work in an environment that encourages discovery. When a child is allowed to move about freely and engage in purposeful work, she is able to independently and actively embrace challenges. She is able to find solutions through actively working on a task. She is setting the foundation for her lifelong interest in exploring, innovating and learning.

Developing through Practical Life skills

Practical Life lessons are an essential component of the Montessori method of learning. By discovering how to master day-to-day tasks, children gain the confidence to function in their own environment. Practical Life lessons have been shown to help a child gain independence, both physically and mentally. Children also learn the important skills of coordination, muscular control, concentration, perseverance, and balance. As part of a community, they also learn to gain respect for others.

Specific Practical Life activities include:

Care of self: Washing hands, grooming, dressing
Care of inside environment: Dusting, sweeping, polishing
Food preparation: Setting a table, preparing fruit, pouring
Care of outside environment: Watering plants, raking leaves, weeding
Grace and courtesy skills: Greetings, shaking hands, interrupting

Characteristics of Practical Life skills:

Reality-based: Wash real dirty dishes with real soapy water, clean shoes with real polish and prepare fruit with real utensils
Sequential: Activities have a beginning, middle, and end, such as taking dishes to sink, preparing soapy water, cleaning and drying dishes

Exploratory subjects for learning

To the children in our MMIA early childhood programs, work seems like play. All that play is focused on the following areas of development:

SENSORIAL

Many Montessori materials are focused on the Sensorial area of development, with the goal of refining and developing the five senses. This is cultivated through the classification, contrasting, and comparison of colors, shapes, smells, weights, temperatures, and textures through activities. These broaden a child’s ability to proceed to a higher level.

MATHEMATICS

The primary purpose of numerous Montessori activities is to lay a sound number and geometry foundation. Children gain an understanding of numbers, quantities and the decimal system. They also learn basic operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and place value, along with fractions and measurements.

LANGUAGE

In Montessori environments, pre-reading and pre-writing skills are emphasized in a sensorial manner. Vocabulary, drama, and dictation are an integral part of the curriculum at Maria Montessori International Academy. When a child is ready to read and write, they advance to different levels of reading materials and workbooks. Children are given their own journals in which they can practice their letters and write words. Our teachers encourage each child to write creatively.

Fundamentals

SOCIAL STUDIES

Our MMIA students enjoy exploring world cultures, geography, history, maps, calendar, time and holidays as part of an engaging social studies curriculum. They gain an understanding of the many diverse characteristics of the people and lands around the world.

MUSIC

As part of the music curriculum at Maria Montessori International Academy, children develop skills and appreciation for music through instruments and group singing. Specific activities include Bell exercises to help develop perceptions of high-low, matching, and scale. Children are exposed to different types of music from around the world.

SPANISH

Through Spanish lessons taught by native Spanish-speaking instructors, students learn to engage in conversations. They exchange everyday information with peers and express basic needs, feelings, emotions, and opinions. The children give and follow simple instructions in Spanish, and plan and carry out activities in groups.

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Imagination welcomed here.

“Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize,
but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori