“What will he be learning?”
“How can she cope with so many children?”
“Will my baby be upset without me?”
(This post is meant specialize in the details curriculum and proper guidelines by MATCE to carry out Montessori method. If you are homeschooling your child, there may be some sequence which is not applicable. )
This are the most common thoughts and question parents ask when their children started with preschool at age approximately from 2 on wards.
I have frequently ask about our “Whats?” and “How’s“. I will briefly discuss the Montessori method and catch a glimpse of our rough guide of curriculum planning.
At the beginning, when a child first comes to the school, the teacher will show the child
Bathroom, Personal Property Drawers, Coat Area, Water Supply, Snack Area.
The new child is not familiar with the basic routines which is unique for each school, therefore; they will be guided to :-
2. Ground Rules:
Walking in the Classroom, Carrying a Rug; Rolling a Rug,
Walking around a Rug, Watching Another child doing their work, Sit cross-legged, hands in lap or knees, Sitting on the Line, Pushing in a Chair and Carrying a Chair.
(At about 2 weeks, children will be able to adapt to the rules without much guidance)
Arrival routine, How to enter the classroom, Transitions. Group routine, Asking for room in the circle, Clean up routine, Forming a Line and Moving slowly.
4. Following Directions:
Go around cabinet, Go to the other end of the cabinet, Put on the top (middle, bottom) shelf, Look down low, Place item on or off mat, Walk up and down the stairs.
5. Grace and Courtesy:
a. Passing and Turns:
Passing materials or food around table or group, Taking one and passing it, “Please”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me”. “May I please..”, “Please pass the…”, “May I have some…” “Yes, do take some…”
Responding to a “No”, May I do it with you?” May I watch you?” “It is your turn now.”, “Please help me.”, “Come work with me”
b. Table manners:
Sharing a snack, Chewing with mouth closed, Biting and chewing without spilling crumbs, Wiping and washing sticky fingers, Cleaning up preparation before eating.
c. Social Graces:
Conversational (inside) voice, Appropriate dress, Ladies first, Greeting visitors, Shaking hands, Introducing friends, “My name is…, What’s your name?”, “Play with me too.”
d. Handling Materials:
Taking off and hanging bead chains on frame, Laying out bead squares and chains on frame, Removing puzzle pieces one at a time, Holding a spoon or cutting knife (special material for children)
To the degree that attention is given to these items, the child is free to spend time with the materials and focus on the learning environment.
Just for your thought: You might think that it is redundant to teach a child walking but Montessori is so detailed that you will notice children in our school walk coherently.