Montessori Primary

The Montessori methodology was created by Dr. Maria Montessori, a noted physician and child development expert. The methodology is internationally recognized and well-renowned for excellent learning outcomes as well as for building strong personalities in children. It is used in about 20,000 schools worldwide and serves children from the age of 2.5 years – 17 years. 

There are some hallmarks of a Montessori education internationally:

● Child-driven learning: Children learn what they are interested in when they are interested. This ensures that their full concentration is on the subject, allowing them to master topics at their pace. Moreover, there are none of the traditional barriers like exams, homework, and boring lectures which turn children off schooling.

● Respect for the child: Each child is respected as an individual and his personality is allowed full scope for development. There is no humiliation or physical punishment.

● Vertical Age Grouping: Children are grouped by the developmental cycles as defined by Dr. Maria Montessori. Children in the age group of 2.5-6 years are in the Primary environment.

Montessori (PP) is for children between the ages of 2.5 years to 6 years. The environment has the following five comprehensive areas to ensure the all-round development of a child:

Exercises of Practical Life (EPL): The EPL activities help a child learn how to take care of himself and his environment and fine-tune elementary movements like walking, moving, sitting and standing. EPL activities also help a child learn social graces and manners and improve his social skills. These activities help the child become self-confident and independent.

Sensorial: The Sensorial part of the curriculum focuses on helping the child develop all his nine senses - tactile, visual, acoustic, kinesthetic, thermal, baric, gustatory, olfactory and stereo gnostic. The child learns to classify objects in terms of touch, weight, smell, taste, shape, size et al. The activities are a pre-prep for maths, geometry and language. The purpose of the activities is to challenge the child to do more complex work later.

Language: The language curriculum focuses on developing language. Spoken language is enhanced through the enrichment of vocabulary and oral group activities. Sandpaper letters are used to teach the child phonic sounds, letter recognition and build the motor memory for later handwriting work. After learning the phonic sounds, children are taught the orthographic complications and sight words to enable them to decode words for reading. Children start spelling words by 4 years and reading by 4.5 years. Children are introduced to grammar through oral activities and material. All English, Tamil and Arabic are taught using this methodology.

Maths: The maths curriculum starts with introducing children to counting quantities. It moves on to associating quantities with number symbols. The decimal system is presented which helps the child understand place values from units to thousands through concrete material. This understanding forms the base for all further work in Maths. By age 6 the child gains mastery over addition, subtraction, multiplication and long division using material.

Cultural: In Cultural the child is introduced to Geography, History, Botany, Zoology, etc. Children learn the names of the continents, countries and landforms. In botany, they learn about different types of leaves, parts of plants etc. while in zoology they are introduced to the animal kingdom classifications.