Curriculum


Practical Life

The following is sample of the Practical Life curriculum.

Objectives of Practical Life:

•Orderliness     •Organization     •Coordination     •Concentration     •Grace and Courtesy

Practical Life is part of our curriculum that meets every child’s deep and inner needs.  It also provides for such vital skills as self-mastery, problem solving, critical thinking, and an “I can do it” attitude.  It is also often soothing and therapeutic for the child.

Practical Life is used to introduce a young child to the real world and allows him/her to learn how they should carry themselves in the real world.  It builds the foundation he/she will need in facing the most difficult stage of life: adulthood.

Mathematics

The Montessori approach to mathematics is a logical, clear, and effective one.  The Pre-school child works on developing their skills in numbers, symbols, sequences, place-value, arithmetic, operations, etc… through the use of concrete materials at first, then through memorization of the basic math facts. Rods, spindles, cards, beads, and cubes are just some of the tools used to symbolize the different math concepts.

When using these such tools to perform the different math operations by themselves, the child experiences the thrill of discovery.  The Montessori mathematics materials, allow pre-school children to begin their mathematical journey from concrete to abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention.

Science

The following is sample of the Science curriculum.

Life Science Living & Non-Living

Plants
  • •Leaves     
  • •Stems     
  • •Roots     
  • •Flowers     
  • •Seeds
Physical Science
  • •States Of Matter     
  • •Water     
  • •Magnetism     
  • •Electricity     
  • •Chemistry     
  • •Simple Machines
Animals
  • •Fish     
  • •Amphibians     
  • •Reptiles     •Birds     
  • •Mammals     
  • •Arthropods     
  • •Mollusks
Earth Science
  • •Solar System     
  • •Parts Of The Earth   
  • •Rocks     
  • •Volcanoes     
  • •Crystals     
  • •Weather     
  • •Clouds   
  • •Astronomy Constellations     
  • •Day & Night

Time

The following is sample of the Time curriculum.

  • •Calendar     •Days Of The Week     •Months     •Seasons     •Clock     •Timelines     •Personal Timeline     •Holidays     •Day & Night

Movement

The following is sample of the Movement curriculum.

  • •Setting Up In Circle     •Line Etiquette     •Line Activities Rainy Days     •Small Groups     •Large Groups     •Gymnastics Activities Rolls     •Tripod
  • •Tip Up     •Cartwheels     •Headstands     •Handstands     •Backbends     •Splits     •Jumps     •Mule Kicks     •Locomotor Movements
  • •Obstacle Course

Sensorial

Birth to the age of six is very important for children, because it is the time period in which they learn the most with their five senses.   Maria Montessori utilized a variety of materials for sensory-motor training.  The sensorial materials are designed to attract children's attention, "education the senses", and allow manipulation by children.

The goal is to assist the children in creating order and sequence in their sensory input of the experiences, that proceed very slowly from concrete to abstract.  The materials are grouped according to sense:  auditory, visual, tactile, baric (weight), gustatory, olfactory and stereo-gnostic.

When one "educates the senses", he is not trying to make the children see, hear, or touch "better", but rather help them understand what it is that they are seeing, hearing or touching.

Language

Birth to the age six is very important in the development of language in a child.  At the age of one, the child wants everyone to hear and know his/her feelings.  At 18 months, he/she discovers that everything has a name.

At age two a significant explosion occurs, in which sounds start to become words, and suddenly the child’s vocabulary increases.  After two, those words start to form into sentences.  Maria Montessori says that if two languages were to be introduced during this time period, for example if both parents speak different languages, then the child would most effectively absorb both of the languages, and be able to speak them correctly.

Our objective, here at Park Point, is to introduce child to at least two or three languages, and greater emphasis on English as:

  • •Spoken language     •Writing     •Association of sounds and symbols     •Reading     •Function of words     •Creating writing

Geography

The following is sample of the Geography curriculum.

  • •Preparation Body Image     •Directionality     •Introduction Land - Lithosphere     •Air / Atmosphere     •Water / Hydrosphere     •Earth Sandpaper Globe
  • •Land & Water Forms     •Colored Globe     •Introduction To Mapping     •Continent Maps     •State Maps     •Flags     •Regions

Fine Arts

The following is sample of the Fine Arts curriculum.

  • •Music Listening     •Moving Expressively     •Exploring Sounds Vocally     •Instruments Playing & Exploring     •Ensembles     •Writing & Reading Music
  • •Social Interaction & Music     •Art Cutting Skills     •Gluing     •Modeling     •Crayons     •Paintings

Cultural Studies

As we all know, children love to imagine. Why do we then give only fairy tales and toys to practice this imagination on? If a child can imagine a fairy and fairyland, it will not be difficult for him/her to imagine Earth, the Continents or America.

At Park Point Montessori, the Areas of Cultural Studies include:

1.Earth Science:

  • •Solar System     •Parts of the Earth     •Introduction to rocks     •Volcanoes     •Astronomy (day/night)     •Weather clouds

2.Geography:

  • •Oceans and seas     •Map making     •Land and water forms     •Continents and countries     •Astronomy (day/night)     •Globe

3.History:

  • •Calendar     •Days of the week     •Months of the year     •Seasons     •Clock, time lines     •Holidays

4.Life Science:

  • •Living/Non-Living     •Plants and animals     •Vertebrate/Invertebrate

5.Physical Science:

  • •How to observe things     •Classifying
  • •Various science experiments (gas takes space, air pressure, measuring length, solids, liquids, weight of liquids, measuring gas, float and sink, magnetic and non-magnetic.)