The Montessori Curriculum, is a child-centred learning framework that incorporates holistic learning outcomes tailored to each individual child’s developmental needs and interests.
Exercise of practical life
Helps in making the child independent, increases attention span and enhances gross motor skills and fine motor co-ordination, preparation for writing and provides opportunity to observe details.
Children are encouraged to explore the sensorial materials to understand basic maths concepts such as learning number recognition, counting, and sequencing of numbers. The child is helped to understand "Place value" thereby taking them to quantification and associating to numbers, from there they are introduced to all the 4 mathematical operations through materials which aids them in conceptual learning.
Sensorial activities helps in enhancing discrimination, order and classification based on patterns, also aids in broadening and refining senses.
Language materials are designed in enhancing the vocabulary and to explore written and spoken language. The language-based activities, such as the sandpaper letters and the moveable alphabet, helps children learn phonetic sounds and compose words phonetically. They progress using concrete materials to compose their own written work, read the work of others, and learn to communicate their distinctive thoughts and feelings.
Cultural activities encourage children to develop their capacity for creation and develop fine motor skills while learning to freely express themselves. The areas of geography, science, zoology, and botany are all included in this area. A range of globes, puzzle maps and folders containing pictures from different countries all help to give the child an insight into different cultures. Through music, stories, artwork the child gets an early insight to learn about the different cultures. Through cultural activities, children develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them.
A First step to school…so unsure of what it is; leaving behind their only known world - “parents”, a child moves in, with a huge emotional change.
What do we give them in return for their courage?
Our first answer - a warm welcome, with an open hand filled with loads of love and the rest follows when the child gets settled. We gradually introduce them to:
Learning through sense organs, using touch, smell, taste, sight and sounds which is encouraged through basic materials.
- Hand and eye coordination
- Rolling mats
- Holding and carrying equipments on their own
- Sense of balance and orderliness
- Keeping their environment clean and much more to add to the list.
Improving vocabulary and diction along with sound and speech correlation.
Now that our children are little grown-ups, ready to explore and learn from their immediate elders and friends with the help of their absorbent mind, we intend to offer them a more independent mixed age group environment which beholds children between the age group of 2 1/2 and 6 years and same facilitator for the three-year program.The environment consists of self-correcting materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, kept in the reaching range of children allowing them free access. The methodology focuses on:
- Refining senses
- Everyday living
- Art and Craft
- Cultural science (learn about the world we live) - Perform interactive science experiments like observing growth of plants, learning about their parts and many more.
- Language development is aided by enrichment of vocabulary, phonetics, writing and reading skills.
- Arithmetic - Children are introduced to the concepts of measurement through exercise of practical life activities. Looking at their sensitivity period the facilitator introduces the child to math activities through an array of scientific materials which follow an order of developmental succession.
- Geometry is introduced as a pattern recognition through sensorial activities.
- Nature walk - we encourage children to connect and blend themselves to nature and listen to its calls.
- House visits - children understand the concept of society, adapt and accept people from all walks of life.
- Music and Dance - the most expressive form of a soul, is an inevitable part of our environment.
The multi-age Montessori Elementary classroom comprises children between age group 6- 12 years encouraging social development with an adult who moderates the process. Elementary children are interested in reasons, explanations, and the perspective of time; they love grand ideas and lofty concepts— the bigger, the better and are eager to explore. Keeping their physiological and psychological needs in mind the adult offers them individualized and small group lessons and projects. Beyond building the child’s skills in reading, mathematics and writing, Elementary lessons help the children to discover the interconnectedness of knowledge and life on earth through cosmic education and through variety of activities like research works which leads in abstraction of concepts. Cooking, physical education, pottery, theatre arts, art and crafts, weaving comes as an integral part of elementary curriculum at chisel helping the child to find his own interest. Dr. Maria Montessori wanted this age children to be introduced to everything in the universe, so that by the time they enter adolescence they would have a solid understanding of where they are, in terms of place, time and culture. The elementary adults at chisel follow this to the core and empower children to find the answers to their own questions beyond the classroom materials through going out trips which also meets the need of the Elementary child to be social and to collaborate. Here children are agents to their own education.