CRICKETS MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL
AN EXPLANATION OF THE MONTESSORI
method of education is based on Maria Montessori's observations of
children. It encourages children's natural desire to learn through
the five senses. This enhances self motivation and helps children
to use their unique ability to develop their individual interests
activities are used to encourage all round development: physical,
mental and moral. These activities are divided into three
categories: care of the person, care of the environment and grace
develop and refine co-ordination, encourage integration of the
personality and give satisfaction and confidence when a skill is
exercises lay foundations for future numeracy and literacy skill.
Through a sensorial exploration of equipment, the child is
encouraged to become more aware of the environment and notice
differences or similarities within it.
The child is
introduced to the phonetic alphabet by sight, sound and muscular
impressions using sandpaper letters. The comprehensive reading
scheme includes exercises in reading short phonetic words, longer
phonetic words, phonograms (exceptions to the English language)
and basic grammar.
The child gains a
physical impression of the quantity and is then introduced to the
written symbol using sandpaper numbers. Once he has become
accomplished at combining the quantity with the symbol, he or she
is introduced to the decimal system. Again, the concrete is
presented before the abstract and the child works with each
category, units, tens, hundreds and thousands from an early age.