In this section are photos of some of the Montessori activities that we have in the classroom under the different Montessori areas of learning. Through the learning journey diaries and feedback from your child's keyworker, you will have heard about some of these activities that your child has interacted with as their learning develops.
This is a great video for an understanding of the different montessori areas of learning and the specific materials used. I'm sure you'll recognise the names of many we use.
Through this area of learning, the child has experiences of everyday living through activities that help to develop their fine motor skills and coordination. These activities enable a child to become independent. This area of learning is introduced by first learning to roll and unroll a mat and carry activities safely. The child then works through a range of spooning, pouring, and tonging activities, as well as dressing frames, snack preparation and care of the environment activities.
From birth, Maria Montessori believed a child learns through its senses, forming understandings of their environment through them. There are a wide range of activities that use the senses as a learning tool that are arranged into 8 categories: Visual, Tactile, Baric, Thermic, Auditory, Olfactory, Gustatory, and Stereognostic. Through their experiences a child learns to differentiate between similar and differing objects.
Language is vital to a child's development. From the time they enter a nursery a child is exposed to language and communication through various methods such as conversation, books, rhymes and singing. When they are ready, a child will begin to work through exercises of learning to recognise their name and learning these letters, before going onto learning the other letter sounds phonetically. They will use their sense of touch to learn letter formation before moving onto writing with a pencil. Further materials will teach them to blend sounds and construct words.
With the sensorial and practical life activities, a child has already begun to order materials. In the setting a child will be taking part in number songs and counting activities as an introduction to maths. Sandpaper numbers are used to teach number recognition, and used when associating quantities. When a child is able to recognise and place values for first numbers 0-10, they may go onto learning numbers of higher value and methods of representing them, and learning simple addition and fractions.
On the cultural shelves are resources that promote the learning of geography, history, science, technology and art.