LEARNING THROUGH YOUR SENSES
Do you remember how you learned your first language? You can probably remember with your senses an early childhood experience; the way your home felt, a taste of a favorite meal, the smell of your backyard, etc… In a Montessori primary program, what your child learns through their senses becomes a part of them.
At the young ages of three to six, the brain develops through concrete experiences. It happens with the work that we can put our hands on. What Dr. Maria Montessori observed and based her method on is what is being validated by the research happening today.
The brain takes in knowledge through concrete experiences: working with the hands, developing the senses, coordinating the large and fine motor movements, practicing visual discrimination, and ordering information. This is all the work of our primary students.
CORE CURRICULUM AREAS
Our core curriculum areas include practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography, and science. Peace and children & worship are part of our daily curriculum. We offer a rich array of specials weekly: Spanish, art, physical education, and music.
FROM THE BIG PICTURE TO THE DETAILS
Each area is presented in lessons that start with the largest picture possible before the details are studied. Then can we return to that global picture and make connections. What do we mean by this? Simply put, we give your child the world and break down the details so they can organize this knowledge, make the connections, and learn their part in making a change.
THE AGES BETWEEN THREE AND SIX…
…are not only the prime time for laying an academic foundation, but most importantly, the years when a child learns the ground rules of human behavior most easily. These are the years to help a child in preparing to take his/her place in society through the acquisition of good habits and manners.
3 PART LESSON
Signature to the Montessori philosophy is the three part lesson. “This is”, “Show me”, and “What is this?” At Go Like the Wind, we extend our lessons by making connections from the lessons to our outside world.
FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY
Our children function independently in an environment prepared by the teacher. Working with materials that are sequenced to layer knowledge, a child is free to make their own discoveries. They experience this freedom with responsibility. Practicing, making mistakes, struggling, and then experiencing success is how learning happens here. Perseverance and self regulation are practiced as they are key to success in life. Children are encouraged and guided to experience the full breadth of the curriculum over a three year span and all at their own pace.
Dr. Maria Montessori’s practical life curriculum involves exercises designed to empower your child with independence, order, coordination, concentration, and self-regulation. All of these naturally lead into a confident and competent child within the classroom environment. Within practical life are the following areas: refinement of movement, care of the environment, care of self, as well as grace and courtesy. Practical life is the first cornerstone of the Montessori prepared environment.
Maria Montessori designed the sensorial curriculum to allow the child to construct their intelligence through the five senses while attaching the accompanying language concepts. The materials are intended to isolate and categorize various qualities of the environment. Sensorial is the second cornerstone of the Montessori prepared environment.
Montessori’s language curriculum is found throughout every facet of the classroom. Within the designated area for language are lessons that involve visual and auditory discrimination skills, penmanship (preparatory and formal), progression into reading, and development of early creative writing skills, along with parts of speech and sentence composition.
The sensorial sequence lays the foundational pieces for the preparation of the mathematical mind. Our math curriculum begins with work created to teach quantity, numerals, sequence, and recognition of one through ten. Once that is mastered, math expands rapidly as your child begins working with quantities and numerals beyond ten as well as the decimal system.
GEOGRAPHY, CULTURE, AND SCIENCE
These areas of study offer your child the opportunity to explore both their physical and political world. Within the classroom, your child will work with the physical characteristics of the Earth, as well as the countries and cultures of the world.
Also explored, are topics such as children & worship, Spanish, art, history, zoology, botany, physical education, music, and much more.
"It is necessary, then, to give the child the possibility of developing according to the laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and having become strong, can do even more than we dared hoped for him." Maria Montessori
Find out what makes our primary program at Go Like the Wind special.