Modern Montessori International
The formative years are the first six years of a child’s life. During these years, basic learning and development occurs. These life basics include mental, emotional and physical development and are essential building blocks for life. During this time social skills and basic motor functions are learned and practiced. Learning to walk, talk and use the bathroom are some key examples of these formative skills.
In addition, personality is greatly impacted by these years. Many basic likes and dislikes, such as arts and sports, have their beginnings in this period. It is important to focus on encouraging a child’s intellectual and thinking abilities during these years, as it can have a significant impact on them later in life.
It is difficult to make up for a lack of this encouragement at an older age because by the end of the formative years so many basic building blocks are set in stone. For example, a child who does not learn to speak early enough will have difficulty learning later on.
It has been discovered that the first six years of one’s life is significant for the brain to develop fully . Most importantly Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision applies to brain development. So now the question therefore is “how do we best help children achieve the full potential of development of the brain?” There are several ways to achieve this at MMI. We define an enriched environment as one that includes a steady source of environmental support, nutritious diet, stimulates all senses, atmosphere free from stress and enjoyable, challenging, allows social interaction, promotes development, and gives the child a chance to assess the results of their actions, all in all allows the child to be an active participant rather than a passive observer.
The school follows the Montessori Method of Education which believes in the fundamental principles of Freedom, Individual Liberty, Prepared Environment and Observation. The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. The Preschool programme caters to the 2-6 years age keeping in mind that each child is unique, has tremendous potential and can unfold itself by facilitating, guiding and supporting on the path of self-construction. The school has established a tradition of achieving high standards within a caring and supportive environment where every child gets an unbiased attention to develop physically , cognitively , socially and emotionally .
Our Balanced Curriculum
Montessori Practical Life Exercises
- Four Areas of Development: Development of Motor Skills, Care of Self, Care of Environment, Social Grace and Courtesy
- To grow in self-knowledge\
- Develop concentration
- Develop fine and gross motor skills
- Help towards independence
- Establish a sense of order
- Develop life skills and a good self-image
- Understand and appreciate the environment
- Develop a sense of responsibility
Montessori Sensorial Training
- Aids the development and refining of senses-Visual, Auditory Tactile, Olfactory and Gustatory
- Develops the perception of dimension and chromatic sense
- Introduces to early Geometry and Algebra
- Provides a basis for learning in orderly manner for neurological and psychological development
- The sensitive periods are transitory; the sensibilities acquired are long lasting.
- Develops power of observation, concentration and thinking skills.
- Provides aesthetic enjoyment.
- To prepare the child for community environment.
- Develops intellect and emotional skills.
- Promotes auto-education or self-learning.
- Provides opportunities for language and mathematical development.
Structured and Progressive Curriculum
- Develops intelligence, analytical skills, thinking skills and problem solving skills
- Concrete to Abstract: Readiness for Primary Years
- Simple to Complex
- Organised into six groups-
1. Introduction to Numbers
2. Introduction to Decimal System
3. Introduction to Teen Boards
4. Mathematical Operations
5.Composition and Decomposition of number 10
6. Introduction to Recording/Abstraction
Montessori Creative Expression
• Art and Craft
• Music and Dance
• Drama and Theatre
• Clay modelling
• Role Play
• Picture talk
• Mic Time
Montessori Language, Literacy and Communication
• The use of Phonetic approach
• Structured and Progressive Curriculum
• Concrete to Abstract
• Four stages of acquisition of language:
- Pink Scheme (Introduction to sounds, CVC words)
- Blue Scheme (Longer phonetic words, consonant blends)
- Grammar (Learning parts of speech, Sentence building)
- Green Scheme (Phonograms)
Development of Communication Skills-LSRW skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)
- Mic Time
- Role Play
- Story Time
- Group discussions,
- Games and Activities
- Circle Time
Four Levels of Montessori Material
- Oral/Auditory-Songs, Rhymes, Stories
- Word Reading Level
- Sentence Reading Level
- The teaching of writing
- Emergent reading and writing
Montessori Cultural Subjects
Understanding the world through History, Geography, Botany and Zoology
- To learn to treat the environment with respect-Nature and the world around us including life cycles
- History of self and family
- To create cultural awareness and respect for diversity on planet Earth
- Passport to the World: Learn about different continents, countries, flags, maps, varied climate, cuisines, flora and fauna, artefacts, religions, culture, customs, traditions, technology
- Appreciation of own origin as well as the global culture
- Develops the sense of community life
- To develop observation skills
- To be able to classify , identify, match, sort, name and compare
- To be able to grasp the concepts and connect them to the real life experiences
- Develop questioning, experimentation, sense of inquiry, logical and divergent thinking
Cater to all the human tendencies for which the related aspect of culture are Natural History, Language, Pure Science, Technology and Art
- Exploration and Order
- Gregariousness and Communication
- Abstraction and Curiosity
- Calculation and Work (Repetition, Concentration and Self-Control
- Perfection and Creativity