Preschool and Kindergarten
The Montessori Method of Teaching introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline goes hand in hand.
Maria Montessori stated, “Education is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences.”
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Bare Foot Montessori is devoted to the education of children 3-6 years of age.
Based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, the teachers carefully prepare the school and guide the children in their daily learning.
Children learn best in an atmosphere which values the uniqueness of the individual. Therefore, the role of the teacher is to identify and meet the needs of the individual child through planned and spontaneous experiences.
With a student/teacher ratio of 8/1, each classroom has skilled teachers to guide the children through the day’s work.
The curriculum includes a variety of Montessori methods of learning designed to provide children with an unlimited scope for exploration in each of the following areas of learning each day:
- Practical Life Skills
- Sensorial Materials
- Phonetic Reading/Language
- Hands on Math
At Bare Foot you will find only the highest quality materials created especially for the Montessori technique.
The four major areas of emphasis are explained in greater detail in the following statements.
The Practical Life area helps develop coordination, concentration, order, and personal independence. The exercises of Practical Life have objects and materials normally encountered in everyday living experiences such as cleaning, pouring, dressing and polishing. Many are fundamental exercises that the child needs to master to be able to live comfortably in the real adult world.
The Sensorial area is designed to educate and refine the child’s senses. The primary purpose of sensorial materials is to help the child train himslef to observe, to make comparisons between objects, to form judgments, to reason and to decide. Working in the sensorial area helps the child develop organization and patterning skills which are important for reading and math.
The Math area includes “Hands-on” material which is inviting and gives a sense of order. Math materials develop logically from concrete to abstract and simple to complex. Simple Meaning: numbers 1-20, name of number, quantity and writing. Complex Meaning: + – x ÷ into thousand with name, quantitiy and writing.
The Language/Reading The development of reading starts with letter phonetics, listening to beginning sounds and vocabulary. A high qulaity reading program at Bare Foot allows children to explore the reading world with excitement. There is no limit on what a child can read.
Maria Montessori observed “that children have an innate desire to explore, discover and learn about their world, especially during the “sensitive periods” in their development – Ages 3-6.”
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