Practical Life are purposeful activities which develop motor control and coordination, help foster functional independence and concentration, and cultivate a sense of responsibility.
The sensorial area in a Montessori classroom focuses on lessons and activities that help develop the senses. The lessons and activities provided in the sensorial area of the classroom help children clarify, classify, and understand the world around them.
Montessori language materials are designed primarily to teach children the intricacies of written and spoken language. A firm grasp of writing and speaking will allow students to progress with their learning. Students use language materials to explore letters, sounds, writing, handwriting, and spelling.
The acquisition of mathematical principles is seen as developing logically from concrete to abstract, and from simple to complex. The Montessori math materials include the development of concepts such as numeration, place value, fractions, and the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using numbers up to 9999.
What Parents Think
As the founder of a nonprofit dedicated to helping public schools implement Montessori programs, I could not have been more thrilled to find Renee and Stephanie's class for my own 4-year-old daughter, who has no options for public Montessori at this time. Those of us working in Montessori education both understand the genius behind the curriculum, but also the importance of highly trained teachers, and high fidelity classrooms. And Renee and Stephanie are true masters of their craft! But even more important than their impressive resumes, they are also wonderful human beings! Our daughter thrived with them--both academically and socio-emotionally. And we became better parents, because Renee and Stephanie gave us so many opportunities to learn from them and bring lessons from the classroom into our home.