Sharmila Montessori House of Children offers, a remarkable learning experience based on Maria Montessori’s insights and materials.
The Pre-School and Kindergarten Program
Nurturing a love of learning
At this level (ages 2-6), our educational program is based on the premise that young children flourish in an enriched learning environment, with gentle guidance and the freedom to work at their own pace. Children learn by doing and our beautiful, engaging classroom environments encourage joyful discovery, foster independent learning, and offer opportunities to develop deep concentration.
- The specifically-designed Montessori materials let children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others.
- Sharmila Montessori curriculum incorporates pre-reading and math skill development, science activities, geography and cultural studies.
- Sensory exercises and environmental education along with additional opportunities in music, art and much more.
- Teacher guides students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned.
- An emphasis is placed on the process rather than the product of learning; our aim is to develop a love of work and joy of learning.
- The third year or kindergarten year in the primary classroom is a special one; parents marvel at their kindergartner’s accomplishments and confidence.
- Whether working alone or with others, children have acquired an impressive level of focus and obvious pride in their work. Sharmila Montessori House of Children program is the perfect preparation for the challenging work at the elementary level.
- Our classrooms are filled with sunlight and designed to support the Montessori Method. Here children can discover the secrets of language, reading, math, art, music and the wonders of the world around them.
Our program curriculum focuses on five components of development – Practical Life, Sensory, Language, Math, Art & Science. By understanding and leveraging a child’s natural desire to understand the world around them, we are able to maximize their learning opportunities while keeping the process enjoyable for them.
Practical Life Curriculum (Independence and Care of the Environment)
Our Practical Life Curriculum is the underlying foundation for success in the other four program areas. Each task helps children gain independence and develop a sense of order, concentration, responsibility, and coordination of movement. Some of the activities we perform include dressing, hand-washing, polishing, table washing and flower arranging. These activities are all taught as a specific lesson, with their own set of materials.In order to work independently in a mixed age group, children are taught the rules of the classroom and how to move and work successfully within it. Exercises in grace and courtesy are presented daily during “circle time” and in small informal group lessons. Our children learn how to behave correctly based on the situation and acquire the skills essential for everyday living. By helping them to learn independence, social skills (such as conflict resolution) and language skills they are able to engage positively in the classroom, community and beyond.
Our Sensory Curriculum helps children to understand the impressions that enter through each of his or her senses. Scientifically designed materials isolate each sense and facilitate learning through hands-on exploration. Our children learn to separate and classify forms, colors, textures, tastes and smells.
Exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, judging, concentrating, comparing and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and the essential development of dexterity that will lead to writing and reading. The exercises in this area of study are designed to prepare our students for more complex learning in Language and Math.
Oral and Written Language Curriculum
Language in the Montessori early childhood curriculum focuses on oral and written language development. Our oral language curriculum is designed to meet young children’s innate need to acquire language. Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Using Montessori materials, children acquire a rich vocabulary for labeling, describing, comparing and contrasting their environment and the people in it. Precise terminology is used.
Once speech becomes acute and the basics are understood, children move on to letter recognition & reading. Written language is introduced to children around the age of four and skills are practiced with specially designed Montessori materials. Literacy skills develop rapidly as the inner drive to learn motivates children and teachers provide the appropriate level of support to take advantage of this natural stage of heightened awareness.
Our Math curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed materials which lead them to an understanding of the value and sequence of the numbers 1 to 10. From there they are introduced to larger numbers and the concept of grouping numbers into tens, hundreds and thousands. Four and five year olds are introduced to the basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) at a concrete level to help them understand why these concepts are useful and what they really mean.
Cultural Studies / Geography Curriculum
Our Cultural Studies program is based on an integrated study of Science, Social Science and the Arts. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of education, children first experience general rules of the universe, such as, the division of land and water, and gradually break them down into smaller parts, continents, oceans, countries, etc.
Stories of animals and children from other lands help our children understand our fundamental needs and how these needs are influenced by climate, environment and lifestyle. Scientific experiments that demonstrate the properties of matter (sink/float, magnetic/non-magnetic, solid/liquid and living/non-living, etc…) are made by the children as part of the study of their environment.
Music & Movement
The Music and Movement sessions provides the children the opportunity for music appreciation and self-expression. The children not only enjoy music as a form of expression, they can also be creative and imaginative through music, rhythm and dance.
Art & Craft
Self-expression and artistic creativity is strongly cultivated as the children experience forms of creative arts by using different art material that varies in textures, colors and design etc. The children’s involvement in the arts stimulates not only their senses; it also enhances their emotional development and thinking.
Show and Tell
The children are given ample opportunities to develop public speaking skills, thereby leading to the development of self-confidence and self-esteem. Language mastery and learning to form one’s own opinions and ideas are important skills that are actively cultivated in our class.
We offer young children a safe, nurturing environment with trusted caregivers who respect each child. We partner with parents to give children as much support and positive growth as possible during their first school experience and it is our sincere hope that your child finds joy in their growing independence and a lifelong love of learning. Contact us today to schedule a visit!