Express, Explore, Create
Toddler Program (14 to 30 months)
Timings: 8:30am to 10:45am or 11am to 1:15pm
Our Toddler Community will have an atmosphere of loving support and respect where children 14 to 30 months learn to care for themselves and to interact with one another. Special attention is given to language and motor skill development. Our activities include:
- Language Development
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Care of Self
- Care of Environment
Primary Program (2.5 to 6 years)
Timings : 8:30am onwards
In our Pre-primary environment we nurture independence and the process of self-creation by providing the means to develop social, physical, intellectual and emotional skills. Our hands on activities include:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial Activities
- Culture & Sciences
- Physical Fitness
Exercises of Practical Life: Skills of daily life
Children love to imitate adults – whether it be sweeping, cooking, chopping; they want to do what we do. All these day to day activities Dr. Montessori called Exercises of Practical Life. They are roughly categorized into ‘Care of Environment’, ‘Care of Person’ and ‘Grace and Courtesy’. By performing these activities the child adapts to the world around him. He develops concentration and the ability to work towards perfection. He develops his will power and gains better coordination of movement. He also gains a deep level of satisfaction and at the same time develops confidence in his own abilities.
Sensorial: Exploring the world through the senses
Our environment is a treat for our senses. As soon as the child is born he starts to explore the world – colours, shapes, textures, smells, tastes. The Sensorial Material is scientifically designed to further refine each of the senses of the child. The colour and precision makes every piece of material visually attractive to the child. The material needs to the handled precisely by the child and the built in control of error encourages a child to repeat the activity until he reaches perfection.
Language: From the spoken word to the written word
From the gurgles and cries at birth to talking sentences, children learn to talk before we know. The Sensitive Period for language is the longest and so right from birth the child begins the process of absorbing language and its nuances. Our language material and spoken language in class helps the child’s verbal expression, his comprehension and helps him to read and write with ease. The preparation and transition towards reading and writing comes through a variety of activities in Exercises of Practical Life, Sensorial and Culture.
Mathematics: From abstract to concrete
Lessons presented in the practical life and sensorial curriculum lay the groundwork for the child to begin to explore the world of math. The concrete math materials enable the naturally mathematical mind of the preschool child to journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation and experimentation. Children first explore the concept of quantity or “how many”. The Montessori materials build on each other in a natural progression, encouraging the child to explore and discover. From there the child moves on to using symbols or written quantities and then begins to combine quantities for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Culture: Science and the world around us
Dr. Montessori defines culture as everything that is man made. From art, music, drama, to geography, history, geometry, physics, botany, zoology – all are introduced as part of culture. The lessons on all these subject are presented through real experiences. These real experiences are backed up by hands on activities which ingrain the lesson deep in the mind of a child. Speakers from various walks of life will come into the classroom to talk about what they do and broaden the child’s horizons.
Gardening: Staying in touch with nature
Children have an inherent draw towards nature. Gigantic trees, colorful flowers, dainty creepers fascinate a child. On our terrace children will enjoy sowing seeds and watching them grow, watering plants and seeing flowers bloom, cleaning leaves and watching new tender leaves appear. Additionally our outdoor trips will be make the child aware of a variety of plants and flowers that surround them – they will be able to touch the leaves, smell flowers and watch insects crawl.
Physical Fitness: Healthy body, healthy mind
Da Vinci Montessori in partnership with a trained gym instructor will provide regular fitness activities such a jumping, bending and stretching. Children will enjoy a variety of exercises and at the same time develop an appreciation for fitness. Our classroom lessons will emphasize the importance of a healthy diet and make children aware of how food helps them grow.
Cooking: Discovering the gustatory sense
Cooking gives children plenty of interesting sensory experiences – mashing a banana, smelling masalas or squeezing juice from an orange and then tasting it all. When children cook not only are they emulating the grown-ups, they’re also discovering where food comes from and learning about nutrition. Cooking will be integrated in our classroom activities. Our children will discover the pleasures of cooking, serving and eating.
Music: Global rhythms
Music is a natural way to start building the brain’s connections to develop the infant brain. Music affects and works on all levels of development: social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. We expose our children to music in our class everyday. A combination of rhymes and instrumental music from many countries help enhance the vocabulary of the child and at the same time expose him to cultures from around the world.
Paper, crayons, paint, scissors, glue will all be available to the child to nourish the artist within. Children will be guided through activities that include stamping, painting with various objects and on different textures, cutting paper, sticking and making patterns. Children love to get their hands dirty and we will let them.