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Montessori Program

Practical life
The practical life activities cover:

(Independence and self help skills)

  • Care of the environment
  • Care of plants and animals
  • Care of the person
  • Preparing food
  • Grace and courtesy

Each has simple activities that aid development of coordination and concentration and self-discipline. Examples of activities include pouring, washing, polishing, sweeping, cooking, dressing, greetings and gardening.

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Sensorial
Problem solving, fine motor skills, thinking

Children interact with the physical world from birth through their senses. The sensorial materials are designed to help the children become more perceptive. They are essentially puzzles which represent meaningful challenges that tend to fascinate the child.
These materials are unique as their built-in control of error allows the observant child to check his or her own work.  The sensorial materials also include lessons in vocabulary.  Activities include grading, judging, matching shapes, colour, taste, sound and touch.

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Language
Foundation for early literacy

Learning to read in the Montessori classroom is a simple progression.  Basic skills are taught phonetically through touch and manipulation, not just listening.  The language exercises increase vocabulary and explore the sounds and syntax of the English language.  Language development is stimulated in all the areas of the classroom.

We are introducing French to our 3yr. olds in a fun way.  The teacher incorporates costumes, puppets, face painting, toys and musical instruments into the learning process.

A second language is said to improve overall academic performance and mental development and builds self-esteem.

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Mathematics
Foundation for early numeracy

Learning mathematical concepts comes more easily when the children work with concrete materials. Using concrete materials allows the child to see and explore new concepts.  Starting from the meaning of numbers from one to 10, through to the introduction of the decimal system, simple operations, fractions and geometry are all hands on learning.

Mathematical materials help with investigation, exploration, experimentation and observation skills.

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Culture and Community
Knowledge and understanding of the world

The cultural materials form the cornerstone of the Montessori curriculum.  By giving children a strong sense of history and geography we are better able to develop a global perspective, tolerance and understanding of other cultures, a sense of ourselves and a respect  for our world. Dr Montessori firmly believed this was the best way to ensure peace in the world. The vision of humanity, history and ecology conveyed by the Montessori approach encourages each child to seek a wider and deeper connection to the world and an understanding of their place in it.

The cultural area includes elements of history, geography, art, craft, music, botany, zoology, science, drama, language, movement, social studies, health and well-being.

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Music Movement and Drama
Creative expression using music, singing, movement and drama

Our music program aims to install in the children a love of and appreciation for music and provides grounding for future music education.  Group Leaders integrate songs and rhymes into their classrooms daily.

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Gross Motor
Gross motor skills and outdoor appreciation

The children all take part in gross motor activities every day. These include balance work, ball skills, running, tumbling, games, creative movement, improvised and learned dance. Through these activities the children develop body awareness, holistic physical fitness, physical co-ordination and spatial awareness.

The outdoor environment supports a range of developmental goals – physical, social, cognitive and creative and supported risk-taking. There are opportunities for dramatic play, active play and appropriate and increasingly challenging experiences, sensory play with natural materials such as sand and water and construction play. These are coupled with quiet activities like painting and working with clay

Gross Motor skills

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Art and Creativity
Imagination, artistic and creative expression

Art and craft activities are designed to give children freedom to explore different media, develop skills and enjoy the process of creating. The final product is the least important aspect at this age.

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Science
Hands-On approach to science

The science curriculum is focused on the laws and structure of the universe and the study of life. It seeks to captivate children's imagination and fill them with a sense of wonder at the grandeur of the universe, the simple beauty of the physical laws and the miracle of life. Classes grows flowers and vegetables in small gardens.

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Social and Emotional Guidance
Considerate behaviour, self-control and self-discipline.

The Montessori program encourages choice and participation in play, developing and maintaining positive relationships and children's behaviour is guided in a positive way

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Extra Curricular Activites
Extra Curricular Activites are provided to enhance children's learning at KDMCH.

We expose our children to languages other than English (LOTE).The Montessori approach to second language acquisition is ideally aim for total immersion. However at KDMCH it is very difficult to achieve this as we have limited corresponding opportunities for immersion in the language. Therefore we have implemented a more structured approach. At KDMCH we do this by starting early on as soon as children start to speak.-We expose the students to the target languages (LOTE) by songs, games, stories, counting, cooking and the like. The goal is to help the children train their ear to "hear" the breaks between words, the speed of the language (different languages are spoken at different word per minute rates and to absorb the sounds, especially those that are not in English. We expose our children to Chinese and French languages at KDMCH.

French Lessons (Click to view)

Ball Skills (Gross Motor) (Click to view)