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Please note that for our Montessori to take full effect, you will be required to support your child by dropping them in our service no later than 9.15 a.m. This is to ensure that we provide your child with 3 hours of uninterrupted work cycle.

The Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach, established by Maria Montessori, which is rooted in scientific observation of children from birth to adulthood. The focus is on the learning development of children. This method encourages children towards independence, order and a freedom to explore but within boundaries. In a cycle 1 classroom (2.5 - 6 years), Montessori children learn through sensory-motor activities that develop cognitive behaviours through hands-on experience.


The Montessori Curriculum extends children's education in 5 focus areas and they are:
  • Practical Life activities
  • Sensorial Education
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Culture & Cosmic education


Our Montessori classroom is mixed aged (2.5 - 6 years), and the benefits of a mixed age group is significant and crucial to enable children to learn skills such as grace and courtesy, social skills as well as leadership skills. The children in BMEL are provided with plenty of opportunities to explore and be responsible towards their own learning. Our role as educators will involve careful observation and preparation of the learning environment to ensure that children are provided with choices and freedom within limits.


Montessori Curriculum Areas:


Practical Life Activities:


Practical Life is the term used by Maria Montessori to describe a set of exercises designed to encourage children to gain skills they need in their everyday lives to help them become independent in caring for themselves and their environment. The purposes include linking home to school (familiarity and imitation of adults), helps the child understand and adapt to his or her culture, mastering of everyday tasks through demonstration of steps. All these at the end, offers the child dignity and the sense of self control and independence.

Example of some practical life activities :

Pouring water, using tongs and utensils, cooking, pegging, screwing and unscrewing lids, threading, sewing, cutting, puzzles, dish washing, learning to tie a bow etc



Sensorial Activities

The Sensorial Education supports human tendencies for exploration, movement, orientation, order, communication, repetition, exactness, self-control, independence and abstract thinking. The aim of introducing the sensorial materials is to help children order and analyse the impressions they have received to distinguish, discriminate, make judgements, reason, classify and categorise. It is education of the 5 senses where children manipulate the materials and begin to make connection of attributes of their surrounding such as dimensions, forms, colours, shapes, textures weights, temperatures, smells and sounds of things.

Example of some Sensorial activities:

Cylinder blocks, Pink tower, Brown stair, Red rods, Colour tablets, Knobless cylinders, Geometric cabinet, Constructive triangles, Tessellations, Binomial cube, Trinomial cube, Square of Pythagoras etc.




Mathematics


Mathematics is relationships, sciences of patterns, numbers, space that are connected to art, nature and our world. When children are introduced to the mathematics materials, they develop numeracy skills such as counting, predicting, estimating, measuring, organising, classifying, comparing, serialising, problem solving and develop some understanding of proportion and ratios.



Example of some Mathematics Activities:

Number rods, Sandpaper numbers, Spindle box, Numbers & Counters, Number games, Bead bars, Teen boards, Ten boards, Decimal systems etc.



Language

With the child's absorbent mind, the child by age six will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where he or she understands that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing. To help their language development , the Montessori classroom is designed to help the child reach the 3rd period of consciousness. Children will build on phonetic awareness and eventually learn how letters can be put together to form words.



Example of Language Activities:
Metal insets, Sandpaper letters, Initial sounds, Introduction to the movable alphabet, take home readers etc




Culture Education


The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom introduces Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology, History, Arts and Music. Subjects explored in Geography are things like land, air, water, maps, continents, people, food, music and through this exploration that our children will make sense of the different cultures around the world and who they are.

When we explore science, we include topics such as seasons and relate them to our senses. The children will learn about hypothesising and experimenting. Some things we include on our shelves would be an activity for children to explore things that sink and things that float.

Botany education relates to our outdoor environment and things that will be introduced are seeds, parts of plants, different kinds of trees, herbs, spices and the lifecycle of plants. Within the botany unit, children may engage in completing the botany puzzles ,drawing leaf shapes and going on a nature trail to find different shapes of leafs.

Zoology is the area where we focus on animals and their different forms. This could be extended into a practical activity where we look into having class pets and children learn their role as carers in keeping our class pet safe and happy.




Specialist Classes



At Bilingual Montessori Early Learning, we pride ourselves for providing our children with plenty of opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. In 2019, we have the following specialist classes on offer:


Dance & Fitness

Our children participate in a dance and fitness program run by Happy Feet Dance and Fitness on a weekly basis. Ms Steph, the wonderful Happy Feet instructor delivers a new theme each week where children get the opportunity to dress up, sing and dance. One of our favourite theme was the "Emergency" one where we all learnt about calling the emergency services through songs and props.







Music Program



Children of BMEL are very lucky to be able to participate in regular music sessions that are integrated into our daily program. Our teachers are certified in the Orff Shulwerk Approach. "The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is a developmental approach used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child's world of play. It was developed by the German composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman during the 1920s" (Wikipedia)



Bilingual Second Language Program


At BMEL, children will have plenty of opportunities to learn a second language. Acknowledging Maria Montessori's findings that children between ages 0 - 6 years having " The Absorbent Mind" that relates to their amazing ability of learning language effortlessly, BMEL's philosophy of teaching a second language is to have the adult as part of our prepared environment. The second language is taught through verbal conversations that relate to children's daily life and will involve practical conversational skills. Our second language on offer in 2019 is Mandarin.




Sports Program


As an extension, the children at BMEL can also choose to participate in a sports program delivered by Kelly Mini Sports once a week. This program focuses on the development of gross motor skills, coordination and so much more!







Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program



We are part of this fantastic food education and sustainability program!

The educators, teachers, families and our community can support us by getting involved in our long term project to promote healthy eating and creativity.



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