Practical life in Montessori is a purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment. These activities benefit the child because it develops control of movement and hand-eye coordination that form the basis for writing and cognitive skills. They are a series of fine motor skills that include basic practical life exercises such as pouring, spooning, transferring, lacing, buttoning, carrying equipment, washing hands, caring for the environment (sweeping, wiping a mat, watering plants), and so on.
Sensorial materials are used in the Montessori classroom to help a child develop and refine his or her five senses. These activities are used to help children in discrimination and order. They also help broaden and refine a child’s senses. When a child combines Montessori designed materials with sensorial work, it helps them become more logical, perceptive, and aware of the surroundings around them. Like many other materials in the Montessori classroom, sensorial materials have what is called “control of error”, meaning that the child not only works with the material, but has a way to check their work rather than seeking out the teacher/directress if they have a question on whether or not they did it right. This is done to help promote independence and problem solving on the part of the child.
Language is a system of symbols with an agreed upon meaning that is used by a group of people. Language is a means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sounds and signs, thus, being the spoken and written language. When the child arrives in the Montessori classroom, he has fully absorbed his culture’s language. He has already constructed the spoken language and with his entry into the classroom, he will begin to consolidate the spoken language and begin to explore the written forms of language. The child will need to be spoken to and listened to often. They will need a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation. Most importantly, the child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.
The math curriculum is one of the best examples of the unique beauty of Montessori materials. They use concrete materials to introduce abstract concepts and give a sequential understanding of mathematical concept. By means of the Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial activities, children experience the concepts of order, sequence, measurement, calculations, and exactness. In order to fully advance the developing mathematical mind, Montessori teachers and parents acquaint the child with order and exactness by the intentional way we set up and organize the shelves and trays and how work is laid out on a work mat in the Montessori environment. Work is displayed in a progressive and sequential fashion and each activity is broken down into logical and sequential steps.
The activities heighten the child’s awareness of the mathematical relationships found in the natural world.
Montessori cultural activities for the preschool level typically include geography, history, general science, botany and zoology, music, and art.
Added to our curriculum is our unique Islamic programme which includes Arabic, Fiqh, Seerah, Tauheed and Adaab which is taught according to grade level. Recitation is done on a daily basis and individual time is set for each child according to their level of development. We use the Yassarnal Quran Part 1 and 2 for identifying and mastering the concepts that will enable the learner to read the Quran fluently.
We offer extra mural activities that are facilitated by outside service providers. All these activities are being done during school hours but not during contact time with the teacher or maulima.
Tuesday: Curious Cubs (science experiments)
Wednesdays – Soccer Stars
Fridays – Action Ball
Our extramural programme is not compulsory on learners. This makes every activity a meaningful and fun experience for everyone involved. The staff and designated service providers are determined to keep the extramural programme running smoothly and as exciting as possible.
Several facilities are found on the property: Library, Auditorium, Intervention room, Astro Turf
Mondays – Thursdays: 8h00 – 12h45 (Grade 0) and 7h50 – 13h30 (Grade R)
Fridays: 8h00 – 11h00 (Grade 0) and 7:50 – 11:00 (Grade R)
Aftercare offered from 12:45 – 15: 00 ONLY from a Monday to a Thursday