At Park Point Montessori, our curriculum is designed so that every child can develop independence, self-confidence and a natural desire to learn.
Age appropriate Montessori-based curriculum at Park Point Montessori includes lessons in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Science, Geography and Cultural Studies. Additionally, we provide Yoga, Spanish, Gymnastics, Art, Music and Computer lessons.
Our curriculum and lessons are designed from simple to complex, concrete to abstract, so that we can provide an atmosphere where children learn by their independent choices.
Children our encouraged to work independently and acquire knowledge through exploration and discovery at their own pace. The prepared environment of the classroom is broadly divided into the following areas:
The following is sample of the Practical Life curriculum.
Objectives of Practical Life:
- Grace and Courtesy
Practical Life is part of our curriculum that meets every child’s deep and inner needs. It also provides for such vital skills as self-mastery, problem solving, critical thinking, and an “I can do it” attitude. It is also often soothing and therapeutic for the child.
Practical Life is used to introduce a young child to the real world and allows him/her to learn how they should carry themselves in the real world. It builds the foundation he/she will need in facing the most difficult stage of life: adulthood.
Birth to the age six is very important in the development of language in a child. At the age of one, the child wants everyone to hear and know his/her feelings. At 18 months, he/she discovers that everything has a name. At age two a significant explosion occurs, in which sounds start to become words, and suddenly the child’s vocabulary increases. After two, those words start to form into sentences. Maria Montessori says that if two languages were to be introduced during this time period, for example if both parents speak different languages, then the child would most effectively absorb both of the languages, and be able to speak them correctly.
Our objective, here at Park Point, is to introduce child to at least two or three languages, and greater emphasis on English as:
- Spoken language
- Association of sounds and symbols
- Function of words
- Creating writing
The Montessori approach to mathematics is a logical, clear, and effective one. The Pre-school child works on developing their skills in numbers, symbols, sequences, place-value, arithmetic, operations, etc… through the use of concrete materials at first, then through memorization of the basic math facts. Rods, spindles, cards, beads, and cubes are just some of the tools used to symbolize the different math concepts.
When using these such tools to perform the different math operations by themselves, the child experiences the thrill of discovery. The Montessori mathematics materials, allow pre-school children to begin their mathematical journey from concrete to abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention.
Our science curriculum introduces children to plants, animals, physical and earth science. Children learn and grow plans and flowers in our school garden. Field trips are organized to farms, zoo and museum to enhance class room learning.
The following is sample of the Science curriculum.
Life Science Living & Non-Living
- States Of Matter
- Simple Machines
- Solar System
- Parts of the Earth
- Astronomy Constellations
- Day & Night
As we all know, children love to imagine. Why do we then give only fairy tales and toys to practice this imagination on? If a child can imagine a fairy and fairyland, it will not be difficult for him/her to imagine Earth, the Continents or America. At Park Point Montessori, the Areas of Cultural Studies include:
- Solar System
- Parts of the Earth
- Introduction to rocks
- Astronomy (day/night)
- Weather clouds
- Oceans and seas
- Map making
- Land & water forms
- Continents & countries
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
- Clock, time lines
- Plants and animals
- How to observe things
- Various science experiments (gas takes space, air pressure, measuring length, solids, liquids, weight of liquids, measuring gas, float and sink, magnetic and non-magnetic.)
Birth to the age of six is very important for children, because it is the time period in which they learn the most with their five senses. Maria Montessori utilized a variety of materials for sensory-motor training. The sensorial materials are designed to attract children's attention, "education the senses", and allow manipulation by children.
The goal is to assist the children in creating order and sequence in their sensory input of the experiences, that proceed very slowly from concrete to abstract. The materials are grouped according to sense: auditory, visual, tactile, baric (weight), gustatory, olfactory and stereo-gnostic.
When one "educates the senses", he is not trying to make the children see, hear, or touch "better", but rather help them understand what it is that they are seeing, hearing or touching.
Who does not love week-ends? Children learn Saturday and Sunday are 2 of the 7 seven days in a week. They learn months, year, seasons, calendar and clock time.
The following is sample of the Time curriculum.
- Days Of The Week
- Personal Timeline
- Day & Night
Physical movement is very important to break monotony and maintain focus and high energy levels. Here children learn splits, hand stands, cartwheels and gymnastics rolls. They also learn line etiquette and setting up circles.
The following is sample of the Movement curriculum.
- Setting Up In Circle
- Line Etiquette
- Line Activities Rainy Days
- Small Groups
- Large Groups
- Gymnastics Activities Rolls
- Tip Up
- Mule Kicks
- Locomotor Movements
- Obstacle Course
Here children learn about earth, continents, regions and flags. They learn to see Globe and draw maps.
The following is sample of the Geography curriculum.
- Preparation Body Image
- Introduction Land - Lithosphere
- Air / Atmosphere
- Water / Hydrosphere
- Earth Sandpaper Globe
- Land & Water Forms
- Colored Globe
- Introduction To Mapping
- Continent Maps
- State Maps
The following is sample of the Fine Arts curriculum.
- Music Listening
- Moving Expressively
- Exploring Sounds Vocally
- Instruments Playing & Exploring
- Writing & Reading Music
- Social Interaction & Music
- Art Cutting Skills