Our Montessori Curriculum

Dr. Montessori felt the goal of early childhood education should cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn. At Adobe Montessori School, we approach this philosophy in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning through his or her own choice; and second, by providing an environment with hands-on materials that will cultivate skills that will benefit them throughout lives. The Montessori materials are designed for multiple educational experiences. They provide the most simple and concrete concepts such as development of coordination and concentration, a sense of order, and independence. Once the child develops these skills, the sequence of materials allows the child to advance to higher learning.

Practical LifePractical Life Exercises – For young children, there is something special about tasks which an adult considers ordinary – – washing dishes, paring vegetables, polishing shoes, etc. They are exciting to children because they allow them to imitate adults as they care for themselves and their environment. Imitation is one of the strongest urges during children’s early years. In this area of the classroom, children perfect their coordination and become absorbed in activity. They gradually lengthen their span of concentration. They also learn to pay attention to details as they follow a regular sequence of actions. Finally, they learn good working habits as they finish each task and put away all the materials before beginning another activity. Back to Top
SensorialSensorial Exercises – The Sensorial materials are unique to the Montessori method.  These materials are designed to develop the child’s awareness of all five senses – hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell.  The Sensorial materials help children to distinguish, categorize, and relate new information to build upon what they already know.  Some of these materials form a foundation for basic mathematics, fine motor skills, and critical thinking. Back to Top
MathematicsMathematics – Montessori mathematics is composed of concrete learning materials to represent all types of quantities. By using these materials they can discover for themselves the basic operations of mathematics. Initially, children learn associating quantities to numerals. They then move to building higher quantities such as teens, hundreds and thousands using the decimal system and a variety of linear counting materials. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are also discovered through many different hands-on activities.  Back to Top
LanguageLanguage– Initial language activities including matching, isolating syllables, opposites, comparisons, and rhyming enrich the child’s vocabulary and strengthen their phonological awareness. Phonetics are taught with use of multi-sensory materials such as the sandpaper letters. Upon readiness, the child progresses towards word building and fluent reading. Their skills in phonetics gives them the ability to decode new words rather than relying on memorization. Grammar is introduced through a variety of activities that help the child experience the meaning of nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Back to Top
Physical GeographyPhysical Geography – The large wood puzzle maps are among the most popular activities in the classroom. At first, the children use the maps simply as puzzles. Gradually, they learn the names of many of the countries as well as information about climate and products. Children also learn to identify land formations, well known landmarks, and flags from around the world . Back to Top
HistoryWriting– Montessori curriculum offers children a natural opportunity to prepare their hands for holding a pencil  and aids the child in the progression into writing. Practical Life and Sensorial materials at the earliest stages provide fine motor and sensory experiences to strengthen and promote successful hand-eye coordination. Materials such as push pinning, tracing, and metal insets are just a few of the exercises that lead the child into writing. Sandpaper letters and the moveable alphabet are the foundation of phonetic exercises which will light the flame and ignite the fire into joy of writing!   Back to Top
Cultural AwarenessCultural Awareness – The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. This helps to raise their consciousness about other people, to gain an understanding and tolerance and, therefore, compassion for all the people in the world. Cooking and Nutrition: The children study the four basic food groups and learn what their bodies need in order to be healthy. They cook nutritious foods that revolve around their studies of other countries. Arts and Crafts: Art in the primary environment strives to maintain the great joy the child finds in creating something of his or her own. The children have the freedom to explore their imaginations in a variety of mediums used for expression. The importance of the process is stressed at this time, not the end product. Back to Top
MusicMusic – Music is fundamental in the classroom. All types of music are integrated. Music appreciation is cultivated, and music used by the civilizations throughout history is unfolded before the child. Music will find its way in all aspects of the classroom – – as a subtle background during work time, to signal clean-up time, as an integral part of the cultural curriculum, as a form of celebration and fun. It’s beautiful to watch a child identify and request Mozart or John Philip Sousa as he or she walks on the line! Twice a week we have our wonderful music teacher visit the classrooms and give formal music education lessons which include music history, theory, rhythm and always wonderfully fun songs!Back to Top
Science and NatureScience and Nature –  Discovery projects and experiments help foster children’s natural curiosity. The plant and animal kingdoms are studied in an orderly fashion to foster a love and appreciation for all living things.  Children enjoy nature walks, mobile petting farms, and guest speakers who share their expertise and bring animals for the children to learn and understand.  As part of our amazing Culture Class with Miss Deena, children learn about their bodies ~ stretching, learning balance and coordination through weekly yoga classes.Back to Top
Extracurricular Activities – Adobe Montessori offers piano lessons during the school day for 4 1/2 and 5 year old children.   Dolce Music is owned and operated separately from the school.  Fees, information, and registration for this class are available in the school office.  Back to Top