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Montessori

Montessori provides a stimulating, child-oriented environment where children can explore, touch, and learn without fear. The child’s sensitivities guide his choice. Their education is an active rather than passive process.

Lessons are conducted with a small children-to-teacher ratio. The teacher prepares the materials needed for the child to carry out his/her work and presents them to the child individually or in a small group. Once an initial presentation or lesson has been given, the activities are freely chosen and frequently repeated according to a child’s needs.

The opportunities for freedom of choice, movement and communication help develop inner discipline. The child’s freedom to repeat an activity develops concentration, which Montessori says is the only true foundation for education.

The Montessori classroom is divided into five different learning areas. These five areas are practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural. The open shelves in each area are filled with intriguing, concrete, most often self-correcting materials. These allow the child to work on his/her own, building self-confidence through competency.

The Montessori educational experiences of children are further enhanced through Integrated Programmes in order to provide a holistic curriculum that achieves best-fit and maximum growth for each learner. To achieve this objective, programmes such as Positive Focus, Music & Movement, JELIC Brain Power Engine and Speech & Drama are offered on a weekly basis for all our children. Mandarin is offered as a second language.

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Montessori Language

LANGUAGE

Language is woven into all parts of the curriculum. The child learns that words are made of sounds, and each sound has a symbol. The child will then begin to build words. Stories, poems, plays and ordinary conversation are important, and the aim is to increase the child’s knowledge, his organization of thought, and his confidence and ability to express and use his mind. Mandarin is also incorporated to give the child early exposure, cultivate interest and develop strong foundation to master the required standards before entering primary school.

Montessori Math

MATHEMATICS

Montessori observed human tendencies to abstract, investigate, calculate, measure, imagine and create. The math activities allow children to develop these tendencies through manipulating concrete materials that foster repetition and concentration and progress to abstractions. The math materials provide a solid foundation in Math and Geometry through exploration in shapes, patterns, designs and numbers. Montessori Math will help the child develop a far more concrete foundation than just basic numbers taught in traditional kindergartens.

Montessori Sensorial

SENSORIAL

Sensorial materials are designed to order, relate, classify, explore and realise the sense perceptions that the child has already formed before coming to school. The apparatus are designed to aid in stimulating the mind and the senses. Each piece of material serves as key to all other areas of learning. The child is made aware of the differences of all the things which exist in the environment through these sensorial experiences.

Montessori Practical Life

PRACTICAL LIFE

Practical Life activities make up the foundation of the programme. The objective is to help the child grow in motor skills, cognitive development, self-confidence and development of his/her own personality, and most of all independence. The activities within the classroom are designed in a sequence of steps through which the child comes to realise order and logic in activity. The activities not only help with one’s concentration but also in the mastery of concrete learning that eventually leads to abstract learning, such as reading and math.

Montessori Cultural

CULTURAL

Cultural activities typically include Geography, History, Science, Botany and Zoology along with lessons that expose children to the richness of many different cultures. The cultural area provides the children with a vast array of materials that spark curiosity, invite exploration, awaken their imaginations, and promote interest in diverse cultures. It begins with looking at the universe, solar system, zooming in onto the earth, continents, countries, right down to the people and their habitats. Thus, helps the child to connect with the real world of nature in an interesting and progressive manner.

Art and Crafts

ARTS & CRAFTS

Children are inherently curious, therefore, art and craft provides a way to create something unique out of raw materials and is a positively constructive way for them to express their thoughts. Art and craft also help children learn how to make choices, as they will have to decide along the way what tools to use, how to decorate their crafts and how to use them once finished. Children can also learn to express their emotions and stretch their creative thinking abilities.

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Montessori Positive Focus

iCREATE Tots

Our Framework identifies the 5 areas of competency for social and emotional learning with cognitive learning through mindfulness, arts and play.

Self-awareness: Being able to assess feelings, interests, and strengths and maintain self-confidence. Self-management: Being able to handle stress, control impulses and work through obstacle. Social-awareness: Being able to understand another’s perspective; showing empathy, recognizing, celebrating similarities and differences, and being able to access and use available resources. Relationship skills:  Being able to sustain a healthy relationship through cooperation, conflict resolution and asking for help when needed. Responsible decision making : Being able to make choices, taking action and make decisions that are fair and responsible

Montessori Music & Movement

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

When children sing, they organise vowels and consonants in a rhythmic pattern which helps to develop language skills. Musical games and activities not only teach sound awareness and develop listening skills, it also help to develop fine and gross motor skills, resulting in better coordination.

Positive musical experiences help to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and gives an opportunity for social development in a class setting. Music is also a form of communication that enables preschoolers to express thought and emotions in a fun and enjoyable way. It has the power to excite and delight or to calm and relax children.

Montessori Speech and Drama

SPEECH & DRAMA

While learning and developing a whole range of techniques to improve their tone of voice, pronunciation and speech, students develop their personality, interact with their peers and most of all have lots of fun in a lively and creative atmosphere. Your children will also gain a growing command of language and be given different platforms to share and present their individual, unique and creative ideas. Through the dynamic lessons, children will also gain greater confidence, self-belief and learn new skills that will benefit them as they grow up.

Montessori Jelic

JELIC BRAIN POWER ENGINE

The JELIC curriculum balances the development of both hemispheres of the brain, through self-paced hands-on experiences. It promotes thinking habit and creative problem-solving skills for the preschoolers. It also facilitates development of the child’s multiple intelligences. JELIC can help your child to sharpen the sense of observation, train the hands for manipulation, enhance the curiosity for discovery, build up self-confidence and develop harmonious personality.

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PROGRAMME

AGE GROUP

DAY/TIME

Pre-Workgroup
2.5 – 3 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.00pm
Junior Workgroup
3 – 4 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm
Workgroup 1
4 – 5 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm
Workgroup 2
5 – 6 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm

PROGRAMME

AGE GROUP

DAY/TIME

Pre-Workgroup
2.5 – 3 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.00pm
Junior Workgroup
3 – 4 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm
Workgroup 1
4 – 5 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm
Workgroup 2
5 – 6 years old
Mondays to Fridays
9am – 12.30pm
< style="color:#000000;" class=" ">Calendar for 2017
TERM 1
3 Jan – 10 March
New Year’s Day
Sunday, 1 January
Chinese New Year
Saturday, 28 January
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Sunday, 29 January
Valentine Day
Tuesday, 14 Feb
School Holidays
11 March – 19 March
TERM 3
27 June – 30 August
Hari Raya Puasa
Sunday, 25 June*
Hari Raya Celebrations
Thursday, 29 June
Racial Harmony
Friday, 21 July
Earth day
Thursday, 27 July
National Day Celebration
Tuesday, 8 August
National day
Wed, 9 August
Teacher’s Day Celebration
Thursday, 30 August
Teacher’s day
Friday, 31 August
School Holidays
2 Sep – 10 Sep
TERM 2
20 March – 26 May
Good Friday
Friday, 14 April
Purpletrains Day
Friday, 28 April
Labour Day
Monday, 1 May
Vesak Day
Wednesday, 10 May
Mother’s Day
Friday, 12 May
School Holidays
27 May – 25 June
TERM 4
11 September – 29 November
Hari Raya Haji
Friday, 1 September
Latern Day
Thursday, 5 October
Children’s Day
Friday, 6 October
Deevapali Celebration
Tuesday, 17 October
Deevapali
Wed, 18 October
Halloween Day
Tuesday, 31 October
Year End Concert
Wed, 29 November
Christmas Day
Mon, 25 December*
School Holidays
30 Nov – 31 Dec

* The following Monday will be a public holiday.

** This date will need to be reconfirmed against the Hindu Almanac when it is available.

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