We are pleased to offer Montessori Primary 1 (MP1) for 3 years of age. The modules will be taught using the Montessori approach, which includes one-to-one, one-to-few and one-to-all presentations. Modules include Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, Math, Geography, Science. Below are the module details for the same:
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Practical Life is an important area in the Montessori environment. It is the area that links the young child to the home environment and all activities in Practical Life have as their central aims to develop concentration and independence and to coordinate movement. Practical Life comprises of Elementary Movements; Care of Self; Care of Environment; Grace & Courtesy (activities that analyse a particular social act so that movement and language become very clear); and Walking on the Line and Silence Game.
The young child is shown activities under the Elementary Movements category which allows him/her to practice the elementary movements needed for all activities in the Montessori environment. He/She is also shown the beginning activities in the Care of Environment and Care of Self categories. Grace & Courtesy activities are also demonstrated to the child and continue to be emphasised throughout the child’s time in the environment. The child is exposed to Art materials like paints and brushes, crayons, scissors, glue bottle, etc. He/She is introduced to the beginning stages of Walking on the Line and Silence Game, where both activities emphasise awareness of self and surrounding, co-ordination of movement and control of the will.
As the child progresses in his/her ability, he/she is shown further activities under the Elementary Movements category which include poking an outline (to strengthen pincer grip to prepare for writing). The child is also shown further activities in the Care of Self and Care of Environment categories. More stages of Walking on the Line and Silence Game can be demonstrated depending on the child’s readiness.
Language can be classified under 3 components: oral, writing and reading.
ORAL: With very young children, language is transmitted orally through conversation, songs and stories. Vocabulary is introduced formally through Classified Cards, and, informally, through conversation. Classified Cards also help the young child to classify things in his/her environment. Ground work is also laid for language development through phonics by playing the Sound Game with the children. Children become aware that words are made up of sounds arranged in a specific order.
WRITING: The sounds from playing the Sound Game are each associated with a pink/blue Sandpaper Letter (lower case) and children trace the symbols (the 26 letters of the Alphabet) which is the beginning of writing.
The Sensorial activities educate the senses. The senses are the general faculties by which conditions outside the body are perceived. Our senses take in information for our mind to process and the better-tuned our senses are, the better the quality of information taken in. The Sensorial area is divided into 8 areas: Visual, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory, Tactile, Thermic, Baric and Stereognostic. Besides the 5 basic senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch; the other senses that are focused on are baric (sense of weight or pressure), thermic (sense of heat) and stereognostic (sense of forms and shapes by touch alone).
The young child is shown the beginning activities to educate the senses of touch and sight. Sight is important as for the majority of people, vision is our dominant sense. In fact, research estimates that 80-85 percent of our perception, learning, cognition, and activities are mediated through vision. Touch is also very important and the young child enjoys touching everything. Touch gives us the sense of pain, heat, pressure which are important to protect ourselves from any dangerous situation and also for normal life. The child is shown activities to visually discriminate between size, thickness, length and colour. The child is also shown how to discriminate between rough and smooth surfaces and given the terminology. Working with the sensorial materials at this stage involve pairing and grading, which hone the child’s skill of isolation, elimination and selection. Children also play games with the sensorial materials to further refine their senses and also learn to work in a group.
|MP1||Math||Math is divided into 6 groups with the corresponding materials: (1) Introduction to numbers 1-10; (2) Introduction to Categories and the Decimal System; (3) Introduction to quantities 1-1000; (4) Essential Combinations- Processes and Operations; (5) Passage to Abstraction (6) Fractions
The children sing number songs and listen to stories that have numbers in them. They do exercises which expose them to counting.
The children continue to sing number songs and listen to stories that have numbers in them. They do exercises which expose them to counting.
|MP1||Geography (Culture)||Geography is the study of the Earth’s features and of the distribution of life on the Earth, including human life and the effects of human activity. The study of Geography helps the child to understand his/her environment. The child is introduced to Geography through sensorial means.
The child is introduced to the different sorts of Land and Water forms, the Globe and the continents.
The word science comes from the Latin “scientia,” meaning knowledge. Science is the systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. The study of Science encompasses many areas including Botany and Zoology. Botany is the study of plant life. Plants are part of the outdoor environment of the child. The child is introduced to Botany through sensorial means. Zoology is the study of animals. Animals are also found in the environment. The child is introduced to Zoology through sensorial means.
The children work with simple puzzles of the different parts of a plant, flower, fish, cow, etc.
They are given the names of different parts of plant, flower, fish, cow, etc. The children also work with different types of Classified Cards of vegetables, fruits, and animals. They will also learn their names.