The specific Montessori Curriculum includes five major areas:
Practical Life: These are materials which involve precise movements and allow the child to concentrate. They also involve the development of coordination, a sense of order and independence.
Sensorial: Sensory education prepares for accurate perception of different details in the features of things and is the foundation of the child’s observational ability. The materials include work with the different senses, i.e. gustatory, olfactory, visual, auditory, and tactile.
The concrete/sensorial work of the first two areas provides the necessary foundation for the more abstract cognitive work to follow.
Language: Children are immersed in the dynamics of language development through conversation, drawing, letter/sound work, de-coding, word building, phonetic writing, poetry, fiction and non-fiction; and reading and writing.
Mathematics: The math materials beautifully materialize the abstract and provide visualization of the structure of our numeration system, i.e., quantity/symbol association, litany of count, the decimal system and numeral composition; and the four processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Cultural: Montessori education is an education for peace. We introduce different continents, countries, clothing, art objects, stories, songs and different animals in order to familiarize the child with different cultures.
Additional, The Rainbow Montessori School curriculum includes access to an art cabinet, frequent arts and crafts projects, singing songs every day and regular thematic study every four to six weeks. Such studies might include the seasons, biological and botanical studies, the solar system, and dinosaurs. We also permit creative storytelling and interactive imaginary play in the classroom.
Finally, and importantly, we strive to include teaching to the brain’s natural learning systems, a learning theory developed by Dr. Barbara K. Given. These learning systems, as described by Dr. Given, are the emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and reflective learning systems.