Education is the most powerful way you can change the world...Nelson Mandela
Each Montessori Classroom has a rich environment full of Montessori Materials to help each child reach his or her highest potential and foster creativity. All the equipment in the classrooms allows the child to reinforce his casual impressions by inviting him to use his hands for learning. The classroom environment/condition is set up by the teacher with the idea that 80% of the child’s mental development takes place before she is eight years old. The environment is arranged according to subject areas, and children are always free to move around the room instead of sitting at desks. There is no limit to how long a child can work with a piece of material. At any one time in a day all subjects – math, language, science, geography, art, music, etc…will be studied at all levels.
The tables and chairs in the classrooms are movable, permitting flexible arrangements for activities. The children also work on small carpets on the floor where they are naturally comfortable. The classroom is designed to put the child in a comfortable environment by giving him freedom in a prepared setting with attractive materials on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest child. You will notice that the classrooms have no front and no teacher’s desk as a focal point. The stimulation from learning should come from the total environment.
The classroom is divided into three main groups: The Practical Life Exercises which are the beginning activities for the toddler through the three and four year old children, the Sensorial Area which is used by all ages in the classroom and the Academic Materials, which await each child’s moments of interest in reading, arithmetic and geography.
Abacus toddlers learn to develop their motor skills and use real materials to carry out real tasks within Practical Life. They learn to pour and carry items with the use of carefully constructed exercises and materials designed to stimulate their confidence and development. Toddlers also begin with language and recognition to begin the transition to reading and writing. In addition, there is Culture and Music and Outdoor Activities.
The Primary Program at Abacus covers several subject areas with varying and increasing levels of skills and knowledge, each of which is geared and targeted to each child individually to encourage learning. Each child has its own lesson plans based on their mastery of a previous lesson or activity. The areas of focus include Practical Life, Sensorial: ordering, classifying, describing sensory impressions, Mathematics: number concepts, numerals, operations, decimal system, fractions, Language: oral language, writing, reading, grammar, composition, Cultural Activities: culture, geography, science, art, music and movement activities, and Outdoor Activities: playground, hikes, games, and exercises.
The Kindergarten program at Abacus is designed to meet and exceed the PA Department of Education's Kindergarten curriculum. We cover all subjects including Math, Language, Culture, Science, and Art. Each subject area is mapped to the specific concepts outlined in the PA DoE Kindergarten curriculum to ensure that the learning concepts correlate and exceed the requirements. Additionally, our Montessori approach enables the child to become an independent learner which facilitates a very easy and smooth transition to 1st Grade in public or private schools.