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CURRICULUM

Our Montessori environment has been prepared with the greatest care and meticulous attention to detail, under the supervision and guidance of Ms. Zarin Malva, Director of Training, ASSOCIATION MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE. It has also been inspected and approved by Ms. Neeru Ramesh Gandhi, a Montessori teacher in Three Rivers Montessori School, Indiana at U.S.A., for the past 14 years, having trained in 1984 at Mecaseton, American Montessori Society in Chicago.

EXERCISES OF PRACTICAL LIFE
This includes activities from the child’s life like pouring, cutting, washing, polishing shoes, tying laces...
They are exciting to children because they allow them to imitate adults.
These activities not only make the child independent but also help to perfect his co-ordination and lengthen his span of concentration.
The child learns to pay attention to details as he follows a regular sequence of actions.
This prepares his hands indirectly for writing and his mind indirectly for arithmetic and logical thinking.
 

SENSORIAL
These activities concentrate on building up the child’s concepts of the various physical properties of matter: size, shape, colour, weight, taste, texture, smell, 3-dimentional, temperature, etc. The child refines his senses and is helped to achieve these important concepts clearly since there is a separate set of material for each concept. This brings order into his world and equips him to explore it more wholistically – it also prepares him for all other areas of learning especially arithmetic, language, geometry and physics. Since all the senses are utilized it also becomes possible to detect any defects a child may have at an early age when it is still rectifiable.

 

CULTURE
This includes art, craft, music, geography, history, science, botany and geometry. There is apparatus for experiments as well as maps, flags, gardening tools and many opportunities for the children to express themselves creatively.

LANGUAGE
The Montessori approach to language is very systematic. Activities, which meticulously prepare the child mentally and physically for writing, are provided using the phonetic way of teaching language. Maria Montessori believed that children in this age group can learn upto 8 languages easily as long as they are taught appropriately.

The individual presentation of language materials in a Montessori classroom allows the adult to take advantage of each child’s greatest periods of interest. Beginning with ‘I Spy’ going on to ‘Sandpaper Letters’ and then onto ‘Movable Alphabet’. Writing or construction of words with the movable letters nearly always precedes reading in a Montessori environment. When reading does take place, their skills in phonics gives them the means of attacking almost any new word, so they are not limited to a specific number of words, which they have been trained to recognize by sight.

The children are encouraged to explore books to find answers to their own questions. The language activities range from the initial alphabet to basic concepts of grammar and word study with extensive reading activities that make language an enjoyable experience.

Since the Montessori method has been adapted to meet the needs and expectations of the community it serves: ‘Hindi’ is also imparted to the children using these beautiful concrete materials.

 
 

ARITHMETIC
These activities range from basic counting right up to the concepts of long division and fractions. In a Montessori classroom the children understand all the basic concepts of the decimal system including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by actually performing the operations with concrete materials. There is also apparatus for squared and cubes of numbers as well as material to help them memorize tables and abstract the concepts. Children enjoy mathematics as a result and with the basics clear they should face no problems with the subject in the late years of school.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
•Exposure to music (Indian and Western)
•Gymnastics
•Dance
•Elocution Languages (Hindi and Spanish)
•Yoga
•Art