Dr. Maria Montessori created a colorful set of map puzzles to teach Geography. Children
learn the shapes and names of the continents of the world. They also learn landforms
such as the islands, lakes, etc.
Practical Life covers five basic areas to enhance the child’s early development of independence. Care of person, Care of environment, Care of plants and animals, dexterity (fine motor control) and Grace and Courtesy. They work on activities such as pouring, dressing frames, stringing of beads, etc. These activities help to develop concentration, coordination, order and cleanliness.
The Lollikids Montessori Pre-school and Daycare observes Montessori pedagogy according to the children’s age group. The First Buddies from 7 months to 2 years old; Stepping Stones from 2 to 3 years old; and Kindergarten from 3 to 6 years old.
a. Science - (Botany & Zoology)
In Botany, the children learn about parts of a flower, tree, leaf etc. In Zoology they learn life cycle of animals. They also learn about physical sciences such as solar system, simple experiments, etc.
To maintain the continuous development of each child, a weekly comment is prepared by the child’s teacher. Constant home-school communication is significant.
Daily lessons are prepared in a weekly plan conducted according to the developmental tasks for the First Buddies level and the five Montessori learning areas for Stepping Stones and Kindergarten. Pre-school activities are maximized by integrating Mandarin, Indoor Play, Dramatic Play, Music and Movement, Creative Arts, Storytelling and Science and Nature.
In this area of the classroom, the child finds materials that are designed to develop their five senses. New vocabulary is introduced (big, small, thick, thin, primary and secondary colors). This enables exploration and discovery through sensorial impressions.
The Developmental Milestone in the First Buddies Level:
1. Physical Development
2. Language & Communication Development
3. Cognitive Development
4. Social Development
5. Emotional Development
The Five Learning Areas in the Stepping Stones and Kindergarten Level:
Exercises of Practical Life
The Montessori Mathematical materials provide a fundamental understanding of number functions. The children are first introduced to the quantities and symbols. These are tangible materials so that they can actually feel and touch the quantities which are essential tools of mathematics. With these tools, they are introduced to the functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The children’s first introduction to alphabets is via Sandpaper Letters. Feeling the roughness of the letter and the smoothness of the background card is something children not only enjoy but also learn to trace alphabets in the right direction. Besides Sandpaper Letters, the children are also introduced to alphabets by singing the phonetic song “Ants on the Apple” as well as flash cards. Further on, they progress to reading the Pink Series, Blue Series and Green Series words and sentences.