This is the time when your children are using their bodies, senses and their emerging problem-solving skills to learn about and make sense of their world in the ways most meaningful and effective for them.
Dr. Montessori was one of the first educators to recognize that these first few years of a child’s life are critical to the development of personality and intellect. At this age, children are actively seeking out information, and learn quickly and easily. Toddlers are especially interested in demonstrating their independence. LMI allows them the freedom to learn as much as they can, as quickly as possible.
Our educators give toddlers responsive, individualized attention to help them build their skills in these five important areas:
Practical Life activities form the cornerstone of the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. The emphasis is on process rather than on product. Through the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives. The Toddler classroom offers the early Practical Life exercises, such as Pouring, Opening and Closing, Spooning, Bead Stringing, Polishing and Large Water Activities. These activities are aimed at enhancing the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence.
We all learn through our senses, and this is especially true of very young children who are at the beginning of taking in and understanding the world around them. Sensorial activities assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning about their sensory input. Sensorial materials include material for practice with dimension, Musical Equipment, Sorting and Shapes. They are exposed to a variety of materials for sensory learning and experiences. The child uses all five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing – to understand and absorb information about his or her environment.
As children get older, they tend to see things that adults find ordinary as very interesting and special. Practical life exercises like sorting, pouring, washing clothes or polishing shoes absorb them completely.
At LMI, we recognize this as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. That’s why Montessori learning revolves around tangible experiences. Children use concrete materials to learn math; movable alphabet to explore language; and cubes, cylinders and other objects to categorize, find spatial relationships and more.
1. Practical Life activities are central to the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. Practical Life exercises give children the opportunity to refine their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, balance, concentration and ability to do things for themselves. Through the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop practical skills that will serve them all their lives. The Practical Life area contains variety of items commonly used in the tasks of daily living, like eating, dressing, and cleaning. The materials are also designed to help teach skills involved with caring for the environment and the self, to encourage responsibility and promote high self-esteem. Children gain independence by mastering practical life exercises.
2. Sensorial materials are designed to help children learn about qualities like color, size, shape, length, texture, and sound. Sensorial activities assist children in refining this skill and becoming good observers of the world. Sensory and manipulation aid to the development of maturing sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin). They are also the starting point for the intellectual growth. Children are better prepared for future learning in math, language, and science by mastering sensorial exercises
3. Concrete materials are used to introduce Mathematical concepts in the Montessori classroom. They learn how a numeral represents an amount. They manipulate objects to see concretely operations like addition and subtraction. These exercises cater to children’s developing sense of order and sequence. Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
4. Language development activities foster vocabulary development, communication skills, writing and reading readiness. Language area includes variety of reading materials, phonetic analysis, word skills and reading, as well as materials for the refinement of motor control for writing. The child begins by exploring the sounds that compose words and by relating them to the letters of the alphabet. Pre-writing skills include preparation of the muscles to hold a pencil, trace outlines and to control the pressure when using a pencil. Reading skills include the use of sandpaper letters, letter sounds and pictures.
5. Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences.
1. The Science and Nature curriculum is designed not only to help children discover facts, but to honour the sense of wonder they have about the world. Activities include Sink or Float, Living or Non-Living, Magnetic or Non-Magnetic, Land and Water Forms, the Structure of the Earth and Botany.
2. The classrooms include an ever-changing selection of art and creative activities for children. Fine motor practice, color work, and imagination all come into play in the Art area. Collage and glue, cutting with scissors, crayons, paint and play-dough are all part of the Art curriculum.
3. Children enjoy weekly music classes. They are progressively able to sing songs and perform the actions.
4. Children play and enjoy in the indoor play area.
5. Children get to experience the audio-visual learning concept in the AV room.
6. Children enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences; in the form of field trips. This allows them to have a greater experience of the community and areas around them.
7. Children are also exposed to a variety of cooking activities where they learn to refine their skills of chopping, peeling and grating.
8. In house visits from professionals from different fields help the children to have a fun and valuable experience in the school premises itself.