PRACTICAL LIFE. This area is considered to be the foundation of all other learning. Practical life activities, including dressing oneself, cleaning up and being courteous, establish the fundamental tools for learning. These tools include coordination of fine motor movements, organization, concentration, and independence. Once a child shows an interest or ability, teachers at all levels encourage children with these exercises.
SENSORY-MOTOR. Beautiful sensorial materials allow the child to refine visual discrimination skills, interacting with shapes, colors, sizes, textures, sounds and tastes. These activities are engaging to children because they involve tactile learning and develop motor skills. The Sensorial materials provide the groundwork for the development of other skills such as music, math, and language.
LANGUAGE. Language learning materials help the children to develop verbal skills, writing, reading and storytelling. Starting with basic language and vocabulary building, as the child gets older, phonetic sounds are taught using sandpaper letters, objects and pictures.
MATHEMATICS. Mathematics in Montessori education starts with hands-on learning of mathematical concepts, based on knowledge of concrete objects. As children show an interest, they are encouraged to develop mathematical concepts through daily living activities.
CULTURAL AWARENESS. Children are introduced to the world and are fascinated with all the different cultures of the Earth. As part of the goal to help children learn to live in harmony with all people and the environment, our cultural area includes geography, zoology, botany and science.