What is Montessori?
The curriculum developed by Kiddie Planet is a blend of the IEYC and the philosophy formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method allows students to experience a holistic, child-centered, hands-on programme through the use of concrete learning materials designed by Dr. Montessori herself. This method has at its core a profound respect for the individual child and caters to the varied learning styles of each child thereby developing independence, confidence and self-esteem. All areas of the curriculum assist the child both directly and indirectly to develop a well-rounded intellect.
It is our goal to work towards attaining the holistic personality of your child throughthe activities of Everyday Living, Education of the Senses, Literacy, Numeracy & Arithmetic and Knowledge & Understanding of the World, which are the core areas of the Montessori Education.
Unique features that set the Montessori method apart
- All subjects are integrated with one another to create a universal education.
- Mixed age group classrooms to promote cooperative learning, teaching and social interaction.
- Prepared classroom environment to facilitate learning cateredto a range of interests and capabilities of students.
- A harmonious atmosphere that builds a sense of community and peace.
- A holistic child-centered program that allows each child to develop at his/her own pace.
“The goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”
The five areas of learning
Activities of Everyday Living
The purpose of these activities is to teach respect for one’s self, other living things and the environment. In addition, the activities develop skills necessary to work in all areas of the curriculum. These exercises are designed to perfect the child’s eye-hand coordination, lengthen the attention span, and gain a sense of independence. It helps the child to develop order, fine motor skills, confidence, concentration and self esteem as the child is allowed to repeat and master each activity at his/her own pace.
Education of the Senses
A young child meets the world around them through the constant use of all the five senses. The materials used allows the child to be more sensitive to their learning environment through the use of the five senses to explore new information in a way that makes it easy and natural for them to learn. With the sensorial materials, the child learns to distinguish and categorise information related to weight, height, dimension, temperature, texture, shape, sound and colour, which indirectly prepares them for mathematical work.
The literacy materials allow young children to read and write at an early age, starting with basic letter sounds and progressing to grammar and reading and writing skills. The phonetic approach adopted in the classroom offers children a tactile, visual and auditory experience that develops a strong literacy foundation for the child.
Numeracy & Arithmetic
Dr. Montessori demonstrated that if a child has access to concrete mathematical equipment in the early years, they can easily and joyfully assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic, which enablesthem to understand the abstract mathematical forms. By combining this equipment, separating, sharing, counting and comparing them, the child can demonstrate their understanding and learn the basics of numeration in a simple, logical manner.
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
The Culture aspect in Montessori is learning about the world we live in and also an approach to life. The child learns how life in every form affects the survival of humans, to respect differences and to live in harmony in a global community.To launch the child’s exploration of the world’s physical environment, he/she is introduced to topics from History, Geography, Botany and Zoology, such as the solar system, plants and animals, science experiments and the timeline of life.