The first Montessori schools in Rome were called “Children’s Houses;” places where children were educated and nurtured, and where the environment was specifically designed with children in mind. One can very much feel this familial, caring affect from the moment of entry into the three 3-6 classrooms at Firelands Montessori Academy.
The Children’s House at Firelands Montessori serves children ages 3-6.
Some of the curricular areas include:
- Practical Life
- Cultural Studies
These areas include extensions and variations for children three to six years of age.
The activities in these areas are essential in the direct development of order, coordination, concentration and independence. The indirect aim of the Practical Life activities is to prepare the children for academic readiness.
- Attention Span – all activities of Practical Life
- Sensory Acuity – sorting by size, color, shape
- Fine Motor – tying shoe laces, cutting with scissors
- Social Development – serving snack to self, serving snack to others
The activities in this area develop the child’s sensory acuity.
- Visual Discrimination
- Size: Pink Tower
- Length: Red Rods
- Width: Broad Stairs
- Shape: Geometric Solids/Cabinet
- Tactile – Thermic tablets
- Auditory – Sound cylinders
- Gustatory (taste) – testing bottles
- Olfactory – smelling
The math area, children develop the concept of quantity and symbol through the use of concrete manipulative materials that are sequential.
- Number Rods / Sandpaper Numbers
- Spindle Boxes
- Counter Games
- Golden Beads – Decimal System
- The Short Bead Stair
- The Teen Boards / The Ten Boards
- Sequencing Numbers from 1 – 100
- Introduce static / dynamic addition and subtraction
- Introduce application of mathematical concepts – Bank Game
- Practice measurement of length and width
Although language is a distinct area, it is an integral part of all the other areas in the advanced preschool classroom. The language area offers children an opportunity to develop reading writing readiness skills with sequence of materials and progresses to and activities:
- Identify short and long vowel sounds and basic sight words
- Identify beginning and ending consonants
- Identify consonants diagrams
- Apply skills to sound out words
- Blend sound to read words
- State the main idea of the story read
- Recall information read
- Draw conclusion from story
- Identify rhyming words, opposites and compound words
- Recall sequencing of events in story
- Classify objects
- Refine skills in printing of both uppercase and lowercase letters
- Write simple related sentences using phonetic skills
The cultural areas includes materials and activities in History, Geography, Science, Art and Music.
- Sense of time
- Calendar / Time lines
- Land forms
- Countries of North America
Art and Music
Children develop an appreciation for art and music and the cultural activities presented throughout the year.
The door to the Children’s House Classrooms opens at 8:15. The morning session is from 8:15-11:30. Extended hours are available through our enrichment, before and after school programs.