Children, to Montessori, are “sensorial explorers” – they develop an understanding of their environment by exploring it with their senses. Exercises for touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell help children develop a relationship with objects in a fun and practical way.
The most important tool in teaching language to children lies with its teacher. Listening and developing childrens self-confidence are the building blocks of their language development. Children are encouraged to expand their vocabulary by introducing phonetic sounds which, in time, become the familiar shapes/letters in phonetic reading and writing.
Montessori once described the mathematical mind as “a sort of mind which is build up with exactity” – a mind that identifies, estimates, quantifies and calculates the environment it lives is. Children are gradually introduced to numbers by repetition and daily practical life experiences. Once children have mastered counting to ten we gradually move them on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction.
We also introduce Aistear and Siolta, the quality Framework for early Childhood care and education services.
Aistear and siolta is the curriculum Framework for all children birth to six years. The framework uses four interconnected themes to describe the content of the childrens learning development . Well being, Identity and belonging, communicationg and exploring and thinking.
We also encourage learning through play. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them.