Our Primary Montessori (3 years to 6 years)
Readington Primary Montessori school is a place where pupils live and work co-operatively. We establish a community feeling, where we have a three-year age span in the class. Since each student proceeds at his or her own pace, each is better able to enjoy his or her own accomplishments rather than comparing him or herself with the others in the class.
Readington School encourages an environment in which children respect the rights of others and feel a responsibility to others, while respecting their own individuality. This will help to prepare the children to responsibly participate in society.
PRIMARY MONTESSORI MATERIALS AND ACTIVITIES
The Primary Montessori curriculum is dynamic. It covers these academic subjects:
- PRACTICAL LIFE
These materials relate to the care of self, and care of the indoor and outdoor environment. The exercises also enable children to develop independence, concentration, self-esteem, confidence, and coordination of movement.
The sensorial materials provide the first introduction to the refinement of all senses, discrimination of size, height, width, and breadth dimensions, as well as geometric shapes.
The didactic materials and exercises in this area will help the child to grasp the concepts of numeration, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and introduce the decimal system.
- LANGUAGE ARTS
There is verbal integration in all subject areas for the total development of language from listening to stories, verbally expressing experiences, and creative writing. The students learn to read through letter sound recognition, and through the use of the Montessori phonetic language system.
Primary Montessori pupils are very interested in learning about the world that they live in. Their classroom provides information encompassing the subject of botany, science, zoology, geography, history and art.
Apart from these five subject areas the pupils are also introduced to:
The music program is designed to develop a response to rhythm, tempo, and melodic direction through activities such as group and individual singing, playing of rhythm instruments and dance.
The art & craft program is integrated into the regular Montessori exercises. The students learn basic art skills, such as cutting with scissors and pasting, while exploring different textures and materials.
The children are introduced to the French language through songs, and other fun and interactive activities. In this way, students become aware of a new language and are excited to practice speaking it.
Students enjoy physical education in our state of the art football pitch, basketball court, volleyball court, swimming pool, tennis court, race track and outdoor activities in our beautifully equipped playground. Pupils are given the opportunity to express their achievements in motor development, inhibition of movement and introduction to organized games.