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How do students learn in a Montessori Environment?

February 19, 2020

The four avenues of learning:

1.Practical Life:

-Care of Self includes such lessons as buttoning, zipping, and hand washing.

-Care of the Environment Activities everyday tasks such as dusting, washing a table or sweeping.

-Grace and Courtesy’s practical life lessons teach children important societal expectations and manners such as proper greetings, introductions and non-verbal customs like hand-shaking. Grace and Courtesy lessons vary depending on the local culture.

-Movement Lessons are designed to assist the child in coordination and control of movements through activities such as marching, dancing or “walking on the line.”

2.Sensorial Development:

Language interaction is actually building tissue in their brains. The language centers of the brain are simply unable to attain full maturity without ample stimulation. Our children need the coordinated use of their hands to help their brains grow. learning different sizes with blocks, walking a maze to internalizing the difference between long and short, feeling the difference between rough and smooth.

3.Development of Language:

Phonemic Awareness the smallest units of sounds in our language, cat /c/ /a/ /t/, using rhyming is helpful to remember the sound work.

-Alphabetic Principle letters represent sounds, we teach the sounds the letters make rather than their names (this is not the same thing as learning the alphabet.)

-Application applying the first two to reading and writing.

4.Early Preparation of the Mathematical Mind

Adding a new item to a familiar excursive over and over again helps with habituating him to the new item of knowledge contained therein. The attraction will keep its hold on the child. We use tangible materials to teach children the abstract concepts of math.
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