SENSORIAL

"As soon as children find something that interests them they lose their instability and learn to concentrate."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

CULTURE

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world" 

- Dr. Maria Montessori


A second series of activities in the indirect preparation for writing are the Sensorial Materials. These are materials the children spontaneously choose to work with because they fulfill their instinctive desire to touch, taste, and feel the world about them. Control of a pencil is developed by tracing of metal frames with geometric insets such as a circle.

These activities use materials Montessori developed to help children learn accurate information about physical properties of the environment. Each piece of sensorial material isolates one quality such as dimension, color, weight, texture, shape, smell, or sound.

Experience with the sensorial materials begins to train the senses and provides the foundation for both physical and mental activities in learning. The sensorial materials also enable children to refine their vision, their small motor movements, and their hearing and speech skill in preparation for learning, using written language, and math.

These materials help the child move from the concrete to the abstract level. Abstraction is never forced; it is a point the child arrives at him / herself.




Maria Montessori believed in educating the whole child, thus there are a wide variety of materials and activities available to children including art, music, zoology, botany, geography, and history.

These are carefully integrated into the whole learning experience as separate subjects.

The classroom environment responds to the children's natural curiosity with living plants, animals (if possible), and hands-on materials that are part of the classroom.

OUR CURRICULUM

In the classrooms the children are free to choose their own activity, or "work," to watch another child work, or to work with a small group. This is like a "mini-community," with lots of social graces, interaction with each other, and community spirit. The needs of the children are respected by all, work is returned to the shelf ready "for the next person," and chairs are tucked in so that others will not trip. Our classrooms are prepared environments designed to support the child's need for purposeful activity.



MATHEMATICS

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

Global Montessori Academy​


The young child is receptive to language in all its forms-spoken and written language, the language of mathematics and music, and a second or third language.

Our first emphasis is on oral-language development, through naming objects in the environment, giving scientific classifications to leaf shapes and parts of animals, in geographic place names, and in abundant conversation.

The children learn the sounds and symbols sensorally first with the sandpaper letters, then begin to construct words with moveable alphabet letters. With sufficient experience with oral language and individual sounds, they explode into writing and reading.

The broad range of cultural materials expands the child's oral and written language experience in art, music, science, history, and geography.


"Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world." - Dr. Maria Montessori

PRACTICAL LIFE

"Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

LANGUAGE

"It may be said that that we acquire knowledge by using our minds; but the child absorbs knowledge directly into his psychic life."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


The most important part of the Montessori Curriculum is the Practical Life. Practical Life is the foundation for everything that follows in a Montessori classroom. These are daily exercises that help the child's physical, mental, and moral development.

The child learns care of self, care of others, and care of the environment. These activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine of their culture, such as carrying objects, pouring liquids, preparing foods, fastening clothes, washing hands, washing dishes and cloths, polishing shoes and furniture, and taking care of the environment.

Through these tasks, children refine their muscular coordination and develop their powers of concentration by learning to work at a task from beginning to end. Without this early experience with the Practical Life Exercises, any further exposure to the Montessori materials is fruitless, for the children will be unable to control their own minds and movements even when they wish to.

This is an indirect preparation for writing, presented to the children when they enter Montessori at age three.



CULTURE

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world" 

- Dr. Maria Montessori

MATHEMATICS

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

- Dr. Maria Montessori


Maria Montessori believed that the child possesses a mathematical mind. This is based on order and perception found in the development of the senses.

We at GMA promotes the child's innate mathematical ability in its early stages of development. In the Montessori environment, children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating hands-on materials that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare the child for later abstract reasoning.

The development of the mind and body are integrated as the child uses number rods or carries units for the "exchange game."

The goals of the program are the introduction to the decimal system, computational skills, and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.