Life is aimed at developing muscle co-ordination and concentration and encouraging independence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. Purposeful activities include sweeping, polishing (shoes and metal), sorting items into groups, sewing with needles and thread, washing clothes and dishes and preparing food.
Senses are the gateway to learning, therefore a Montessori classroom comprises of sensorial activities which are based on special sensorial materials. These materials help sharpen and train the senses for easier, simpler and more understandable learning. All the activities are linked to each other and are introduced from easy and real to more challenging and abstract.
Children work their language from the moment they enter a Montessori classroom. Games like the ‘sound game’ make the child realise that all the things have names and are made up of sounds. These sounds are represented through symbols called alphabet which are introduced three at a time with sandpaper letters. Cards and many other materials are prepared to enrich children’s vocabulary and advanced activities help them understand all the complicated world of English grammar. This makes the whole process of learning easier, faster and more rewarding for the child.
The sensorial material also prepares the child’s mathematical mind which helps the children to easily understand the basic mathematical concepts like deep, shallow, long, short, less and more etc. The mathematical material then builds on these basic concepts helping the child understand more complicated functions like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. By the time the child is six years of age they might be able to calculate in thousands.
A wide variety of activities covering geography, botany, art, and culture. These include land formation, puzzle maps, making flags, painting (water colour and acrylic), clay, sewing, weaving and music.