Dr. Montessori was truly a remarkable figure in the development of early childhood education. She studied, observed, and recorded her findings about young children before “early childhood education” existed as we know it today. She developed a comprehensive philosophy not only of education, but of how to view the “whole” development of children, not just their intellectual development, but also their physical and social development. Even more important than studying and recording the development of young children, Dr. Montessori took her philosophy and put it into practice by designing materials for and teaching in her own school, “Casa dei Bambini”, or Children’s House. At Hope Montessori Academy, we still use the philosophy and materials Dr. Montessori created for children. Our preschool classrooms are separated into five areas, each with a distinct purpose, yet also enhancing one another.
This is typically the first area children are interested in when they enter the classroom. Practical Life is the area where children practice self-help skills such as dressing, cleaning, cooking, etc. . . .
Humans learn using their five senses. The Sensorial area of the classroom is designed to encourage children to use all of their senses to learn. It provides opportunities for questioning, investigation . . .
Children are exposed to mathematical concepts like sequencing and one to one respondence through hands-on manipulatives. By touching and interacting with specifically designed colored beads . . .
Learning how to communicate and form relationships with others is crucial in the development of a child. Although children are constantly increasing their language abilities simply by talking with . . .
This final area of curriculum encourages children to explore the world through learning about different countries, customs, celebrations, etc. Children also have an innate interest in learning about animals . . .
We also offer extracurricular activities within our school. Classes of dance, aerobics, music, and foreign language are offered on a weekly basis at an additional monthly fee. Highly trained instructor . . .
Here are the lists of recommended reading materials to understand Montessori Academy system and benefits. . .