The first six years of life is a period of profound transformation from apparently helpless newborn to capable, active and articulate six year old. This period of life lays down the foundation on which is built the future adults potential. During the first plane of development children have a special capacity for learning and absorbing vast amount of information, a capacity described by Dr.Montessori as The Absorbent Mind.
The program focuses on the following skills in preparation for our Primary program.
Practical Life exercises will help develop independence, increase concentration and help develop fine motor skills. The materials are attractive to the child and respond to their desire to master everyday skills such as opening and closing containers, manipulating locks & keys or nuts & bolts, buttoning and zippering, pouring, scooping, etc.
Sensorial materials isolate specific sensory concepts, such as size, colour, shape, sound, texture, etc. Children learn the language associated with these concepts and learn how to make sense of their environment.
Language exercises at this level are mostly designed to develop vocabulary, by reading books, flashcard lessons and singing songs. As a child is seen to be ready, they would also begin work to prepare the hand for writing (early metal insets) and learn the phonetic sounds of the alphabet letters.