Primary (2.6 yrs – 6 yrs)
Our Primary Curriculum focuses on five components of development – Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Cultural (Geography, Art & Science.) By understanding and leveraging a child’s natural desire to understand the world around them, we are able to maximize their learning opportunities while keeping the process enjoyable for them.
Practical Life Curriculum (Independence and Care of the Environment)
The Practical Life Curriculum is the underlying foundation for success in the other four areas. Each task helps children gain independence and develop a sense of order, concentration, responsibility and coordination of movement. Some of the activities we have include self-care, hand-washing, polishing, table washing and flower arranging. These activities are all taught as a specific lesson, with their own set of materials.
The Sensorial Curriculum helps children understand the impressions that enter through each of their senses. Scientifically designed materials isolate each sense and facilitate learning through hands-on exploration. Our children learn to separate and classify forms, colors, textures, tastes and smells.
Exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, judgement, concentration, comparison and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and the essential development of dexterity that will lead to writing and reading.
Oral and Written Language Curriculum
Language in the Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum focuses on oral and written language development. Oral language is designed to meet children’s innate need to acquire language. Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Using Montessori materials, children acquire a rich vocabulary for labeling, describing, comparing and contrasting their environment and the people in it. Precise terminology is used. Children then move on to letter recognition & reading. Written language is introduced to children around the age of four and skills are practiced with specially designed Montessori materials.
The Math Curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed concrete materials which lead them to an understanding of the value and sequence of the numbers 1 to 10. From there they are introduced to larger numbers and the concept of grouping numbers into tens, hundreds and thousands. Four and five year old children are introduced to the basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) at a concrete level to help them understand why these concepts are useful and what they really mean.
Cultural Studies / Geography Curriculum
The Cultural Curriculum is based on an integrated study of Science, Social Science and the Arts. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of education, children first experience general rules of the universe, such as the division of land and water and gradually break them down into smaller parts, continents, oceans, countries, etc.
MSCC offers children a safe, nurturing environment with trusted caregivers who respect each child. We partner with parents to give children as much support and positive growth as possible during their first school experience and it is our sincere hope that your child finds joy in their growing independence and a life long love of learning. Contact us today to schedule a visit!