There are exercises in practical life skills (developing concentration, independence, fine motor control and co-ordination), sensorial development (refinement of the senses), math, language, geography, history and science (intellectual growth), art and music (creative and aesthetic development), the book corner (for enjoyment, growth in appreciation, relaxation, information), group activities (social skill development through experience), and outside activities (physical development).
The sensorial materials in the Lake Mary Montessori Academy classroom help children to distinguish, categorize and relate to new information in a way they already know. Children learn through touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and exploring. Our program provides projects that allow children to learn through all of their senses – while adding in fun and laughter!
It is proven that if children are exposed to mathematic materials in their early years, they can easily assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic. These same skills are harder to achieve if introduced later in a child’s development. Children in Lake Mary Montessori Academy never sit down to memorize addition, subtraction and multiplication tables. They instead learn to perform these operations with concrete materials – such as blocks, number rods and beads.
Children learn the phonetic sounds of letters before they learn alphabetical names. Even simple rhymes, games and conversations with friends can help develop a child’s language skills. Reading instruction begins on the day a child wants to know what a word says or when he shows interest in a Montessori activity using sandpaper letters. Children are encouraged to explore books for answers to their own questions.
Reading and Mathematics
In addition to the basic Montessori materials, exercises and activities that were specifically designed to foster growth in these areas, there are many other opportunities each day to develop reading and math skills where children learn naturally and easily (e.g. ‘reading’ the snack menu, counting activities at grouptime, cooking projects – following a recipe, and so on).
Large wooden puzzle maps are among the most popular activities in the classroom. At first, the children use the maps simply as a puzzle. Gradually, they learn the names of the continents, then countries.
Cultural Awareness & Foreign Language
The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. Spanish is taught even to the youngest child Arts and Crafts Art in the school environment strives to maintain the joy a child finds in creating something of his or her own. Children have the freedom to explore their imaginations with a variety of materials used for expression.
Music and Creative Movement
Movement and dramatic programs are an ongoing flexible process that integrates music into the program. Children sing songs, play instruments like bells and dress up just to name a few.
Science and Nature
In science, the children’s natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments, helping the children draw their own conclusions. Plants and animals are studied to foster a love and appreciation for living things.