FULL DAY MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM.
OUR MONTESSORI PROGRAM WILL RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM TO ENHANCE THE CHILD’S LEARNING SKILLS.
Our Kindergarten Curriculum follows the Alberta Education Curriculum as laid out by the Government of Alberta. The New Alberta Curriculum Consists of Seven Integrated Discipline: Early Literacy, Citizenship and Identity, Personal and Social Responsibility, Environment and Community Awareness, Physical Skills and Well-Being and Creative Expression. In accordance with the Montessori Philosophy, strong emphasis is placed upon the development of literacy and numeracy. Both language arts and mathematical skills are also taught in a progressive, systematic manner.
MONTESSORI METHOD– Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teachers offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore the world’s knowledge and develop their maximum potential.
WHY MONTESSORI- Montessori Classrooms place a high value on teaching children how to learn for themselves. Students are encouraged to reach their highest potential at their own individual pace. Unlike traditional schools, which often rely on textbooks or workbooks, Montessori schools utilize a range of beautiful, hands-on materials which foster a deep sense of concentration and curiosity about the world.
THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT- Specially designed learning materials are displayed on open shelves, easily accessible to the children. Classrooms also include low sinks accessible to the children, child-sized furniture, cozy spaces for quiet reading, reachable shelves with work available for free choice, and child-sized kitchen utensils to eat, prepare, and clean up their snack on their own.
MONTESSORI LEARNING MATERIALS- Montessori materials are not only beautiful and inviting but ingenious. They teach only one skill to allow the child to work independently and master the intended concept. The materials are also “self-correcting.” This means the child can identify if they have done an activity accurately and try again without intervention from a teacher. Working with self-correcting materials helps children develop confidence and self-sufficiency and promotes critical thinking.
PUTTING THE MONTESSORI METHOD INTO PRACTICE
The Early Childhood classroom offers five areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Culture Science.