The daily program of Nova Montessori Preschool is designed to deliver variety and flexibility, especially for children who spend long hours with us. It consists of mainly the Montessori curriculum, some major aspects of play-based curriculum, and ample time for the practical daily needs of young children.
These include time for solitary work, group play, music, art, snacks and meals, outdoor play, and napping. Order and routine are the two main elements fostered in our program.
Practical Life Activities
Practical life activities are important aspects of Montessori education because they support children in learning how to perform real life activities necessary for everyday life. Practical life tasks help children to develop gross and fine motor skills, life skills, preliminary activities, social graces and courtesies, care and respect for self and the environment.
In our program, a separate area is allocated for practical life experience activities that include pouring, spooning, sorting, stringing and dressing frames…. all of which help children to learn how to button, zip, lace etc. In perfecting practical life skills children gain confidence, concentration, a sense of order, longer attention spans, and good hand-eye co-ordination.
The senses play an important role throughout life, especially during the ages between 2 to 6 years when the growth potential of the senses is very significant. Montessori sensorial exercises help children refine their senses by using specially designed materials.
Montessori sensorial materials and activities teach children to use their senses and help them understand the concepts of size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, weight, temperature, etc. There are many purposes of sensorial exercises, including: preparation for mathematical mind and relationships, developing accurate observation skills, increasing the attention span, hand and eye coordination and relative understanding.
The purpose of our math activities is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare children for a gradual transition to abstract thinking. Montessori learning materials are designed to teach children about numbers and concepts step by step through a logical sequence.
This materialized abstraction method introduces quantities, first using materials (concrete) and then symbols (abstract). This helps children to use their math skills in everyday life. Children learn to perform counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division exercises by using and handling very extensive Montessori mathematical materials such as rods, beads, spindles, cubes, cards, counters, etc.
Language Arts Program
The emphasis of our Language Arts Program is based on writing and reading and is enriched with activities such as active listening, public speaking, singing, reciting poetry, rhyming. Children develop their public speaking skills by participating in show and tell and storytelling. Activities such as the metal insets help to prepare the hand for writing and the sandpaper letters are used to introduce letter formation. The movable alphabet gives the child the opportunity to see that the sounds have symbols and symbols combine to make words. They learn to read after they have learned how to compose their own words using moveable alphabet.
We also have incorporated picture books and visual aids, to enhance children’s learning opportunities.
Additional Language Opportunities
The children are taught basic words in French which is offered three times per week. Beginners start with common verbal skills, learning words for colours, numbers, vegetables, animal names etc. Singing is a part of our additional language program to improve speech and language skills.
In this part of the program, children gain a basic knowledge of science, geography, history, and diverse cultures of the world. Geography is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum and is incorporated into every aspect of our program.
The children learn many different aspects of the world using various Montessori materials that include atlases, globes, puzzle maps, flags, pictures, photographs, and videos. Awareness of other cultures is delivered through photographs, maps, and stories. Children are encouraged to bring items that belong to their cultures to share with their peers during circle time.
Our weekly cooking club gives an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in food preparation and baking, have lots of fun, and take pride of tasting food prepared by their own hands. The physical activities such as cutting, chopping, squeezing, mixing, pouring that are involved in cooking improves child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and help them build confidence in their skills. Cooking recipes teaches students how to follow sequential steps, organization of materials, and knowledge of measuring and numbers, and improve vocabulary. Cooking is a great teaching and developmental tool for children of all ages that inspires children’s curiosity to make predictions through observations.
The purpose of our musical program is to improve the effectiveness of children’s non-verbal communication, enhance vocabulary, and to offer children the opportunity to express himself/herself through music.
Arts and Crafts
Self-expression through art is an important part of our daily program and allows children to be creative. Our Arts and Crafts program encourages children to explore and experiment with a variety of art mediums through emergent practices such as the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning. Children’s learning is documented through written and video documentation methods, and art is displayed with great respect.
Circle Time is for the children and teachers to discuss and exchange important information about themselves and the day’s events. The children also participate in calendar and weather activities during circle time. Circle Time helps children to develop their listening skills and public speaking skills by participating in activities such as show-and-tell.
Physical And Health Education
Our curriculum provides quality outdoor free play time for students in more than 3000 square feet of secured outdoor play area of our facility. Students received multiple experiences, and ample physical exercises through walking, running, jumping, hopping, and various games. Our indoor physical education program includes yoga and games, which help students to improve their physical strength, flexibility and coordination of the body, and to enhance concentration and calmness of the mind. Furthermore, students learn to follow instructions, rules, directions, stay within boundaries, work co‐operatively with peers, and respect others’ personal space through activities. Students are also taught about nutrition, healthy eating, hygiene, and acting living.
Our science program provides students opportunities to observe and make logical conclusions using five senses. Students describe their observations with peers and teachers. The science activities are conducted using a variety of natural objects collected from the environment. Students are encouraged to add objects to the Nature Table. Teachers extend the vocabulary of students by introducing new words that are appropriate to the objects in the nature collection. Most of science activities are designed for students to develop an understanding of natural phenomenon and concepts such as weather, seasons, life cycles of plants, human and animal, and properties of natural objects.
The social studies program is designed to provide students an opportunity for understanding and developing self-awareness, self-reliance, social relationships, and awareness about the surroundings through a variety of experiences. Students learn to demonstrate a sense of identity, a positive self-image, and begin to see themselves as unique. They learn and use social skills through play activities and other contexts. Students learn about themselves in relationship to others, and identify how they are connected to the family, community, and the world. Students are also taught about the importance of caring for mother earth through recycling, reusing, and reduced use of material.