- These activities help the children to classify and clarify all the
sensorial impressions they have absorbed since birth. Each activity
isolates one quality such as shape, color, dimension, smell, texture,
and sound. The children refine their senses, laying the physical and
mental foundation for further learning.
Language Activities - The Montessori School is rich in language and places great emphasis is placed on speaking clearly to the children and listening when they speak. The children become familiar with these sounds, and begin to make their own words with a moveable alphabet, and begin to write words and stories. This discovery creates enthusiasm for reading and they become ardent readers.
Arithmetic Activities - The concepts of arithmetic are learned by manipulating concrete materials designed to represent all types of quantities. The basic operations of arithmetic can be demonstrated by combining the material, separating it, sharing it, counting it, and comparing it.
Social Activities - The Montessori Classroom gives each child a wonderful environment to develop social skills. The child can work alone or with others, and this balance of freedom for the individual, and the concerns for the group is very important. The older children learn to be responsive to the younger, and the younger ones seek help from more experienced peers. They all learn to respect the different abilities and interests of others.
Catechesis Activities - The young child is particularly capable of receiving and enjoying God's love, in the person of the Good sheperd, who died and is risen. Materials of the life of Christ and his teaching help make the mystery of God concrete for the child. The geography materials establish Jesus as a real person in time and space, and Israel as the land through which God realized salvation for all.