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A unique blended approach to the Montessori method with play-based method aimed to promote creativity through self-directed and hands-on learning. Maria Montessori believed children are born with the innate ability to absorb all aspects of its surroundings and environment without conscious effort called “the absorbent mind”. The teacher’s role is to guide the children through their process of self-construct and achieve their full potential. The following areas of learning aim to cultivate and develop the whole child using hands-on experiences in the Montessori classroom:
In the Practical Life area, the exercises and activities help children develop coordination, concentration, self-confidence as well as life skills. While children observe and make connections between everyday life and the activities in this area, they develop a sense of care towards themselves, others and the environment. Many of the exercises develop children’s muscular coordination and encourage order and independence. Children learn to explore and work at their own pace and at their own level in a purposeful way.
Maria Montessori believed that children study their environment from birth using their senses as “sensorial explorers”. In a Montessori classroom, the teachers help the children to organize, classify and make sense of their environment through sensorial materials and activities. By refining the children’s senses through their own experiences, they begin to organize their intelligence and adapt to their environment.
Mathematics is an abstract concept that is all around us. Children are naturally drawn to the science of numbers, patterns and sequences. Montessori uses the manipulation of concrete materials to help children develop their ability to count, compute and build numerical connections. With practice, children build a solid foundation of basic mathematical principles that sets the premise for abstract thinking and problem-solving capabilities.