1st & 2nd Grade
We are prepared to meet the developmental needs of all the children that will be enrolled in our licensed in-home school, with specifically designed Montessori materials that are hands-on, self-correcting, concrete, and multi-sensory. The specific skills of each area build upon each other and are interrelated to and dependent upon skills learned in other areas of the classroom. This connection enhances children’s natural interest in and enthusiasm for learning.
Each child is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace based on individual needs, skills, and interests.
PRACTICAL LIFE SKILLS
Practical Life activities are central to the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. Practical Life exercises give children the opportunity to refine their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, balance, concentration, and independence. Through the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop practical skills that will serve them all their lives.
Grace & Courtesy
In the Montessori classroom, children and adults take care to be gracious and courteous to one another. This encourages respect for oneself, for other members of the community, for the living things in the classroom, and for the environment. Carrying things carefully, returning them to their place so others may use them, moving gracefully and carefully, using polite and respectful language, showing consideration to others, good table manners, properly introducing oneself, and interrupting politely are all part of the lessons in Grace and Courtesy.
Sensorial materials are designed to help children learn about qualities like color, size, shape, length, texture, and sound by isolating the targeted quality. Sensorial activities assist children in refining discrimination skills and becoming good observers of the world. Montessori saw the importance of the manipulation of objects to aid the child in better understanding his environment. Through the child’s work with these Montessori materials, the child learns to make abstractions and distinctions in his environment provided by his own individual experiences.
In the Montessori classroom, everything in language arts is integrated and cross curricular....from teaching the parts of speech through the use of special grammar symbols (geometry & encoding skills), to practicing something in practical life (focus, concentration, and fine motor skills to help with writing and math), to labeling animal parts in science (classification, observation & reading skills). It is all interconnected. This makes the child's learning very successful and purposeful. Activities in our language curriculum will include letter sound and symbol recognition, vocabulary, parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, article, conjunction), word building, writing, reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, and emergent reading), and comprehension skills.
Concrete materials are used to introduce mathematical concepts in the Montessori classroom. These early concrete experiences help foster the child's abstract thinking and understanding with their mathematical reasoning. They learn how a numeral represents an amount. They manipulate objects to observe concrete operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These activities build a child's developing sense of order, sequence, and one-to-one correspondence. Math activities include geometry, numeral representation and counting, place value, decimal system, numeral operations, problem solving, fractions, money, time and measurement.
Children learn to classify things, predict the results of experiments and test their predictions. This curriculum is designed not only to help children discover facts, but to respect the sense of wonder they have about the world. Some activities include Botany, Zoology, Matter, Living or Non-Living (Biology), Magnetic or Non-Magnetic (Force), Land and Water Forms, the Structure of the Earth, and Space.
Geography and Culture
Geography begins with the two hemispheres of Earth and the lessons progress as children learn about continents and countries. Children will use the wooden puzzle maps as puzzles, along with the globes, and may be guided to make his own maps, labeled with his own handwriting when he is ready. Children will also study animals that belong to specific continents along with the different cultures that belong to those continents.
Fine motor practice, color work, and imagination all come into play in the Art area. We provide lessons on historical and contemporary artists. Matching activities with fine art prints, cutting and gluing skills, special crafts, hole punching, markers, crayons, paint and play-dough or craft clay are all part of the Art curriculum.
Music and Movement
The body is the child's first instrument through which the rhythms of music are reflected and interpreted. Children will be introduced to many songs and have opportunities every day for dance and movement. Children are also introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and around the world along with their unique sounds and vocabulary.