THE PRACTICAL LIFE MATERIALS
The Practical Life Materials in our Montessori classrooms offer the child the opportunity to partake without interruption, disruption or harassment, of adults’ daily routine in which he has keen interest. Such activities include sweeping, pouring, dressing, washing, polishing and sewing. Though the practical life activities seem routine, they have a holistic effect on the child’s development. They help to build on his natural interest and to develop good work habits, concentration, eye-hand co-ordination as well as lengthened attention span and control of his body.
They also help to expand his knowledge of the environment, prepare him for later intellectual work, and engender a sense of community in him. As he performs these activities, he gradually develops his independence and learns to take turns. With the use of the materials, evidence of increase in the child’s level of concentration, sense or order, control of movement, awareness and appreciation of self and efforts is witnessed on daily basis. Grace and Courtesy also forms an integral part of the curriculum as children are exposed to cultural and social values.
THE SENSORY MATERIALS
The materials here is designed to help children become more perceptive to understanding concepts, make judgments and build a knowledge and understanding of their world.
They help to sharpen the child’s sense through experience and exercise, to compare and discriminate on the basis of colour, shape, size, weight, texture, dimension, temperature, etc. Besides, the child expands and extends his/her vocabulary as she/he identifies and names objects.
THE LANGUAGE MATERIALS
The language and literacy materials facilitate listening, writing, reading, writing, spelling and vocabulary building. As the children trace the outline of the metal insets, their hand and arm muscles are strengthened and prepared for drawing and writing. Phonics is introduced early enough to facilitate the development of reading skills. The activities include storytelling, language games, tracing sandpaper letters and building words with the movable alphabet.
THE MATHEMATICAL CONCEPT
Mathematical Concepts are offered to children concretely and in their very basic forms; from the simple to the complex. Montessori’s hands-on materials make arithmetic and geometry exciting and enjoyable. They are designed to build a child’s confidence and self-esteem as he moves from the known to the unknown and from the concrete to the abstract. These materials boost the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts.
THE CULTURAL MATERIALS
The Cultural Materials help the child to learn, in very concrete terms, about his world, the real world, which consists of both the natural and the man-made environment. He learns to care for his world and everything in it. He learns about lands and continents, climates, water formation, volcanoes, etc. in Geography. He’s given enough exposure to time-lines in history, beginning with his own and then the life cycles of animals in natural science. Activities include puzzle maps, interdependence of living things as demonstrated with the food chain, simple science experiments such as “sink and float”, “magnetic and non-magnetic”, etc.
ART,CRAFT MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
Art, Craft, Music and Movement occupy a major place in the curriculum. Children colour, paint, draw and create. Mathematical concepts such as counting, addition, subtraction and one-to-one correspondence are introduced to the children through songs and rhymes. So is the alphabet. Manipulative skills are developed through the use of materials like clay and play-dough. Children are involved in group activities such as colouring, painting, cutting and pasting, which foster social interaction and team spirit.
Children are always looking forward to this as it is always exciting, captivating and highly educative. We sing, dance and discuss various themes.Children are always looking forward to this as it is always exciting, captivating and highly educative. We sing, dance and discuss various themes.
THE BRITISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM
The school’s approach to the curriculum apart from the Montessori system also reflects the British National Curriculum putting into consideration the Nigeria National curriculum. The core areas of study include English, Mathematics and Science – these are core subjects. The children also learn about Computing, Geography, History, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Languages, Physical Education and Citizenship – these are the foundation subjects. Religious Education is also part of the school’s curriculum. Also , the children’s knowledge and skills are developed through activity-based tasks, many of which are practical in nature. The children are taught in a variety of ways – individually, in small groups and as a whole class. The children’s class work is supported by local visits and organized outings, as well as arranging theatre groups, musicians, dancers and storytellers to visit the school.
We also use a mend of Montessori method of learning which has its advantages as follows:
- Emphasis on cognitive and social development.
- Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom .
- Environment and method encourage self-discipline.
- Mainly individual instruction.
- Mixed age grouping
- Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other.
- Child chooses own work.
- Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project.
- Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials.
- Child sets own learning pace.
- Child spots own errors feedback on material if work is corrected.
- Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of success.
- Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others).
Stage Coach Performing arts
We are glad to inform you that the school has a stage coach performing arts as a part of its curriculum as an extra enrichment package for its pupils to stand out from the crowd.
Stage coach performing arts is an international childhood program for children from ages 2-12years and the grown-ups who love them. it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate echildhood curriculum that strongly facilitates the most natural and intriguing performance of the child.
Stage coach performing arts is a limit breaker for the next generation in achieving their true potential. Our pupils are having an exciting time and a world of fun on this program.