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Curriculum | Queenswood Montessori Preschool

The classroom has five areas of concentration: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture. The children explore various areas of study, absorb independent learning and develop self-esteem and leadership with age appropriate activities.

Practical Life Exercises:
These activities provide the children with the opportunity to manipulate items that are found within their own home. They are able to care for themselves as well as acquire a sensitivity and sense of respect for their external environment. That in turn provides them with independence, focus and promotes a healthy self-esteem.

The Sensorial Exercises:
Help children explore their senses and put things into perspective. They are led to study concepts, such as colours and shapes through Montessori Specific materials.

The Language Program:
In the Montessori classroom we teach initial sounds of words, middle sounds of words and ending of words. For example, “I spy” games that ask the child to find the object that starts with the sound “b” (or end with the sound “t”) help the child to isolate and identify specific sounds within a word.

Further exercises of the Language curriculum provide basic knowledge and lay the groundwork for Language development. Special exercises with the Montessori materials teach the child his/her alphabet, how to recognize the letters by sight and sound and prepares him/her for later reading and writing. These activities show the child that a word is nothing more than an accumulation of sounds. We also introduce our students to French and Spanish, learning basic words and laying a foundation for language acquisition in subsequent years.

The Mathematics Program:
Mathematics consists of symbol and quantity identification for the categories of units, tens, hundreds and thousands. The children are exposed to all categories in preparation of operation performance. The operations the students are introduced to are: additions, subtraction, multiplication and division.

By working with Practical Life exercises and sensorial materials, the child has been indirectly preparing himself for math. Practical Life materials are laid out in a specific and orderly way. The child often follows a set procedure as he/she does activitiy. He/she learns to be exact and precise as he/she works. The exercises of Practical Life have given the children the opportunity to develop logical and sequential patterns.

Cultural Activities:
Culture is an enriched area of the environment. It consists of zoology, botany, science, geography and art. The children explore the parts of animals, maps, computers and plants as well as composers and artists. This builds self-awareness and introduction to the community and environment around them.