Children at this age posses what Dr. Montessori called the absorbent mind. As an aid to the child's self-construction, individual work is encouraged. Teachers act as guides in the following areas to help to cultivate the child's ability to express himself and think with clarity.
Practical Life excercises instill the ability to care for themselves, for others and for the environment.
The activities include many tasks children see as part of the daily life in their homes. Designing creative everyday living activities.
* Refinement to fine motor skills.
* Development of coordination, concentration and a sense of order.
* Fostering independence.
Through these and other activities, children develop muscular cooridination, enabling movement and the exploration of their surrounding. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and develop their will, their self-discipline and their capacity for total concentration.
Sensorial Materials are tools for development. Children build cognitive efficacy and learn to order and classify impressions. They do this by:
* Exploring the physical properties of their environment.
These senses are discovered and explored through the mediation of specially designed materials.
Languages vital to human existence. The Montessori approach to Language Arts include:
* Development of pre-reading skills.
* Phonetic reading.
* Whole language development.
* Cursive writing.
* An introduction to grammar.
* Composition of short stories.
Geography and History are presented as extentions of the sensorial and language activities. Children learn about their other cultures both past and present, bringing cultural diversity alive!
* Environmental studies.
* Development of a since of time and space.
* The study of water and land formations.
* Names of Continents and Countries.
* Flags of the Nations.
* Cities and States of the United States.
Children learn to respect and love their environment and all things in it.
Montessori Mathematics help children learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials.
* Introduction of the decimal system.
* Provide a structured scope for abstract reasoning.
* Memorization made easy with the Montessori charts and math games.
Movement allows children a form of expression and creativity.
* Development of gross motor cooridination.
* Balance activities and simple gymnastics.
* Children's dances and movement.
Carolina Montessori Academy seeks and celebrates cultural diversity. The school does not discriminate in any manner with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.