Practical Life shelf activities
What is practical life?
Toddler program: ages 12 through 35 months
The Toddler program, for children ages 12 to 35 months takes advantage of the toddler's natural drive to act independently. The Montessori way aids to advance each child's growth and development through a rich and and well prepared environment designed just for toddlers. The classrooms are a special place for the young child to begin his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance. Dedicated, nurturing and trained teachers implement a toddler designed curriculum to foster cognitive development, speech and language development, strengthen fine motor and gross motor skills, introduce grace and courtesy lessons, and promote independence. An important part of a toddler's developing independence is learning to care for him/herself by washing hands and by putting on shoes and jackets.Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing, and the classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child's interaction and success. Classroom activities are changed regularly in response to a child's need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school. Toddlers come to school five days a week, and parents may choose to allow them to stay for mornings only or a full day. Upon completion of the Toddler program, the children advance into the primary program.
Primary: ages 3 through 5 years
The staff of Claudia's Christian Montessori Academy strives to ensure the parents of young children that their children are safe and secure while leaving their children in an environment that provides for all of their academic, social and emotional needs. A Primary Montessori environment strives to meet all of the above needs, and we also desire that it teaches children an I can do it attitude that will ensure their future success in all aspects of their life.
Montessori's ideas are incorporated around the older children teaching the younger children, as this concept shares a sense of community and builds self esteem at a very early and impressive age. The Self correcting materials within the environment aids children to learn through their own errors to make the correct decision versus having the teacher point it out to them. Autonomous or Individual learning takes place within the environment as the child is left free to explore on their own with safe boundaries , but within their limitations as to how far they may desire to matriculate at their own pace. Marie Montessori also recognizes that each child learns at a different pace and allows that growth to take place. Although children are quiet by choice, and out of respect for others within the environment, Montessori classrooms also allow children to return to the inner peace that is a natural part of their blossoming personalities. There is also an emphasis on concrete learning rather than on abstract learning, thus, children need to experience concepts in concrete hands-on ways in a child-centered environment. The Montessori materials are easily within the children's reach and placed on shelves at their levels. The tables and chairs are small enough for the children to sit comfortably while the pictures and decorations are placed at the children's eye level.The children work for the joy of working and for a natural sense of discovery. Children are natural leaders or sponges, and delight in learning new tasks. Their interests lie in the work itself rather than in the end product. The environment provides a natural sense of discipline.