Montessori School of Columbia Primary Program
The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social, physical, and academic skills while building self-esteem and self-motivation. Most important of all, the curriculum allows the child to experience the joys of learning and creating knowledge.
The materials used in a Montessori pre-school classroom are multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting. The teacher is the designer of the special environment, the resource person, the role model, the demonstrator, the record-keeper, and the meticulous observer of each child’s behavior and growth.
The children choose their work from open shelves and work at small tables or on work rugs.
The curriculum includes practical life exercises which develop organizational skills; sensorial materials which teach the child order and classification skills; math manipulative materials which teach numbers, symbols, sequencing and arithmetic operations; language materials which introduce grammar, literature, and basic skills in reading and writing; and geography, history, art, music and the sciences.
The learning environment cultivates individualization, freedom of choice, concentration, independence, problem-solving abilities, social interaction, and the development of academic skills. Children are allowed to learn through the use of concrete, hands-on materials. The environment is child-centered and orderly.