SIMS Montessori Primary Classes (2-4 years)

SIMS Montessori Pre School is for the children in the age group of 2 to 4 years old. Pre School program provides young children the experience of socializing and learning within a group of mixed aged peers. Children are offered opportunities for exploration, discovery and learning based on their individual developmental needs.

 

The furniture and materials in the Montessori Pre School environment are appropriately sized and ordered to help the young children to develop concentration, coordination and independence. Children become very comfortable and content within the environment since it is created just for them. Children who experience a Montessori Pre School Environment gain self-help skills, high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, a feeling of competence and control and truly fall in love with learning. When these skills are developed at such a young age the child is prepared to be successful in all future social and learning environments.

 

Typical Day

 

8:30 – 9:45 Arrival Time

10:00 – 10:30 Circle time

10:30 – 11:00 Morning snack and play time

11:00 – 1:00 Montessori work

1:00 – 1:30 Lunch Time

1:30 - 2:45 Montessori works/Nap time

2:45 – 3:00 Game Time

  

3:00 Full-Day Dismissal

 

Montessori Pre School  Program Curriculum

Practical Life

 

Care of the Person: The children are offered opportunities to care for themselves and gain independence.  Activities may include hand washing, combing hair, brushing teeth, wiping the nose, dressing and undressing.

 

Care of the Environment:  The children are allowed to explore and care for the classroom and are offered the tools to be successful.  The children gain a sense of competence and learn responsibility.  Activities may include watering plants, cleaning up a wet spill, sweeping, dusting and mopping.

 

Food Preparation:  Children are able to learn about and try different fruits and vegetables.  When appropriate the children can wash, peel, slice and serve snack to themselves and their peers.

 

Control of Movement:  Opportunities for climbing, balancing, walking, running, moving objects and sitting quietly help the young child to coordinate and order his movements and are essential to learning.

 

Grace and Courtesy:  Teachers model and explain good manners and treat everything and everyone in the environment with respect.  Young children are very able to understand and begin using proper courtesies.

 

Language

 

Children are in the Sensitive Period for Language.  The development of receptive and verbal language is very important to the growing child.  Receptive language is developed through hearing and understanding proper, consistent and specific language in the environment. Good quality books are read in class. To expand their vocabulary, children work daily with many different nomenclature objects and vocabulary matching cards. Children are exposed to read English through Phonic method.  

 

Psycho Sensory Motor Development

 

Children are offered activities to develop their hand strength and pincer grasp. We use Montessori materials specifically designed to help children with splinted wrist movements and eye-hand coordination. We work to develop the sterognostic sense (understanding a form through touch) and offer experiences in crossing the midline of the body to improve coordination and balance.

Sensorial

Dr. Montessori designed and adapted the Sensorial materials used in the primary classroom. Children at this age are learning about and adapting to their world and need exposure to activities to acquaint them with ideas like ‘Big’ and ‘Small’ or ‘Tall and Short’ or  ‘Loud’ and ‘Soft’. Dr. Montessori carefully selected each material and connected activity to clearly demonstrate qualities found in the world like color, size, texture, pitch and length.

Mathematics

The mathematics materials developed by Dr. Montessori help the child learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials.

Cultural subjects

Geography, History, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Art and Music are presented as extensions of the sensorial and language areas.

Music and Art

 

Singing, dancing and exposure to different types of music are part of the classroom.  Instruments are offered for the children to experience making music and to develop rhythm and coordination.  Children are allowed to express themselves through different artistic mediums such as paint, clay, crayons, gluing, cutting and sewing.