" The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed "
Dr. Maria Montessori,
The Absorbent Mind
WHAT IS MONTESSORI
The curriculum developed by Kiddie Planet is a blend of the traditional academic instruction and the philosophy formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method allows students to experience a holistic, child-centered, hands-on programme through the use of concrete learning materials designed by Dr. Montessori herself.
This method has as its core a profound respect for the individual child and caters to the varied learning styles of each child thereby developing independence, confidence and self-esteem in each child. All areas of the curriculum assist the child both directly and indirectly to reach a higher level of intellect and all-rounded progress.
It is our goal to work towards attaining a well-rounded personality of your child through the Activities of Everyday Living, Education of Senses, Literacy, Numeracy & Arithmetic and Knowledge & Understanding of the World which are the core areas of the Montessori Education.
UNIQUE FEATURES THAT SET THE MONTESSORI METHOD APART
- All subjects are integrated with one another to create a universal education
- Prepared classroom Environment to facilitate learning catered to a range of interests and capabilities of students.
- Mixed age group classrooms to promote cooperative learning, teaching and social interaction.
- A harmonious atmosphere that builds a sense of community and peace
- A holistic child-centered program that allows each child to develop at his/her own pace.
The Five Areas of Learning
Activities of Everyday Living
The purpose of these activities is to teach respect for one's self, other living things and the environment. In addition, the activities develop skills necessary to do work in all areas of the curriculum.
These exercises are designed to perfect the child's eye-hand coordination, lengthen his attention span, and allow him to gain a sense of independence as he works. It helps the child to develop order, fine motor skills, confidence, concentration and self esteem as the child is allowed to repeat and master each activity at his own pace.
Education of Senses
A young child meets the world around him through the constant use of all his five senses. The Materials in this area allows the child to be more sensitive to their learning environment through the use of his five senses to explore new information in a way that makes it easy and natural for him to learn.
With the sensorial materials, the child learns to distinguish and categorize information related to weight, height, dimension, temperature, texture, shape, sound and colour which indirectly prepares him for mathematical work.
The literacy materials allow young children to read and write at an early age, starting with basic letter sounds and progressing to grammar and non-phonetical reading and writing skills.
The phonetic approach adopted in the classroom offers children a tactile, visual and auditory experience which develops into a strong literacy foundation for the child.
Numeracy & Arithmetic
Dr. Montessori demonstrated that if a child has access to concrete mathematical equipment in his early years, he can easily and joyfully assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic which enables him to understand the abstract mathematical forms.
By combining this equipment, separating, sharing, counting and comparing them, the child can demonstrate to himself the basic operations of Mathematics and learn the basics of numeration in a simple, logical manner.
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
Culture in Montessori is about Education of the world we live in and also an approach to life. The child learns how life in every form affects the survival of man, to respect the differences and live in harmony in a global community.
To launch the child's exploration of the world's physical environment, he is introduced to topics from history, geography, botany and zoology; such as the solar system, plants and animals, science experiments and the time line of life.