General information

The daily program of Nova Montessori Preschool is designed to deliver variety and flexibility, especially for children who spend long hours with us.  It consists of mainly the Montessori curriculum, some major aspects of play based curriculum., and ample time for practical daily needs of young children. These include time for solitary work, group play, music, art, snacks and meals, outdoor play, and napping. Order and routine are the two main elements fostered in our program.

Practical life Activities

Practical life activities are important aspects of Montessori education because they support children in learning how to perform real life activities necessary for everyday life. Practical life tasks help children to develop gross and fine motor skills, life skills, preliminary activities, social graces and courtesies, care and respect for self and the environment.

In our program, a separate area is allocated for practical life experience activities that include pouring, spooning, sorting, stringing and dressing frames…. all which help children to learn how to button, zip, lace etc. In perfecting practical life skills children gain confidence, concentration, a sense of order, longer attention spans, and good hand-eye co-ordination.

Sensorial Activities

The senses play an important role throughout life, especially during the ages between 2 to 6 years when the growth potential of the senses is very significant. Montessori sensorial exercises help children refine their senses by using specially designed materials.

Montessori sensorial materials and activities teach children to use their senses and help them understand the concepts of size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, weight, temperature, etc. There are many purposes of sensorial exercises, including: preparation for mathematical mind and relationships, developing accurate observation skills, increasing the attention span, hand and eye coordination and relative understanding.

Mathematical Activities

The purpose of our math activities is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to  prepare children for a gradual transition to abstract thinking. Montessori learning materials are designed to teach children about numbers and concepts step by step through a logical sequence.

This materialised abstraction method introduces quantities, first using materials (concrete) and then symbols (abstract). This helps children to use their math skills in everyday life. Children learn to perform counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division exercises by using and handling very extensive Montessori mathematical materials such as rods, beads, spindles, cubes, cards, counters, etc.

Language Arts Program

The emphasis of our Language Arts Program is based on writing and reading and is enriched with activities such as active listening, public speaking, singing, reciting poetry, rhyming. Children develop their public speaking skills by participating in show and tell and storytelling. Activities such as the metal insets help to prepare the hand for writing and the sand paper letters are used to introduce letter formation. The movable alphabet gives the child the opportunity to see that the sounds have symbols and symbols combine to make words. They learn to read after they have learned how to compose their own words using moveable alphabet

We also have incorporated picture books and visual aids, to enhance children’s learning opportunities.

Additional Language Opportunities

The children are taught basic words in French which is offered three times per week. Beginners start with common verbal skills, learning words for colours, numbers, vegetables, animal names etc. Singing is a part our additional language program to improve speech and language skills.

Cultural activities

In this part of the program children gain a basic knowledge of science, geography, history, and diverse cultures of the world. Geography is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum and is incorporated into every aspect of our program.

The children learn many different aspects of the world using various Montessori materials that include atlases, globes, puzzle maps, flags, pictures, photographs, and videos. Awareness of other cultures is delivered through photographs, maps, and stories. Children are encouraged to bring items that belong to their cultures to share with their peers during circle time.

 Music

The purpose of our musical program is to improve the effectiveness of children’s non-verbal communication,enhance vocabulary, and to offer children the opportunity to express himself/herself through music.

Music for young children Program: The Music Time Program promotes the happy habit of learning music with primary focus in development of in-tune singing, rhythm and listening skills. Included in each lesson will be both group and individual singing, listening activities, playing of rhythm instruments, fine and gross motor activities and rhythm development. The class will be an active and enjoyable experience for everyone and may well become a weekly highlight for the children. For more information, visit myc.com or check out my website at http://myc.com/teacher/smyskew

Arts and Crafts

Self-expression through art is an important part of our daily program and allows children to be creative. Our Arts and Crafts program encourages children to explore and experiment with a variety of art mediums through Emergent practices such as the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning. Children’s learning is documented through written and video documentation methods, and art is displayed with great respect.

Circle Time

Circle Time is for the children and teachers to discuss and exchange important information about themselves and the day’s events. The children also participate in calendar and weather activities during circle time. Circle Time helps children to develop their listening skills and public speaking skills by participating in activities such as show-and-tell.

Free Play activities

Free play is an essential part of the play-based curriculum. Due to the numerous benefits it delivers, we have included free play in our daily program to bring about enjoyable experiences for children.

The materials and free space we have allows for us to accommodate a variety of free play activities including block play, dramatic play, dressing up, role play etc., which greatly assist in the development of children’s social skills. Our curriculum allocates time for free play both indoors and outdoors, which inspires children to learn through play and exploration.

Outdoor Play Activities

Our curriculum provides quality time period for outdoor free play in our daily program. Our facility has more than 3000 square feet of outdoor play area prepared according to natural play-scape concepts to provide multiple experiences, including ample physical exercises for children.

 

 

 

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