Curriculum

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Through her observations, Dr Montessori discovered that children between the ages of 0 to 6 years experience critical learning periods, i.e., "Sensitive Periods", at specific times during their development, e.g. language, mathematics, movement, order, socialization, attention to small objects and refinement of senses. Buzan Montessori has therefore carefully designed Montessori curriculums and activities which match the many different sensitive periods of the children.

The curriculum is divided into six main areas, i.e., Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language (English and Mandarin), Cultural Studies and Science, Art and Creativity.

Practical Life

Practical life exercises are the cornerstone of the environment. These lessons are presented first to the children to form a foundation for the other areas of the environment. They encompass care of self, for others, for the environment, along with exercises of grace and courtesy. Activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their home, such as shoe lacing, preparing food, but with little opportunity to be involved in. While these tasks offer children a sense of security initially (as they help to bridge between the home and school), the main purpose of these activities is to help children develop independent, muscular coordination, concentration, while enabling them to feel capable and self-reliant members of the community.

Sensorial

The sensorial exercises give children the facilities to make clear concept and classification for all the information they have gathered from the environment through their sensorial perception. Through repeated exploration of these materials, they enable children to refine their sensory perceptions (visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory and gustatory) in order to perceive finer distinctions. Activities that involve sorting, matching and grading further contribute to children later understanding of formal mathematic concept.

Mathematics

The mathematics materials offer children an easy understanding of abstract mathematical concepts as the carefully designed materials offer children the opportunity for concrete manipulation and exploration.

Math is taught by first introducing the quantities (in concrete), then the symbols, and finally the association between the symbols and quantities. Once children understand the concept of numbers, they are introduced to working with the golden beads materials and symbol cards. Children will gain an understanding of the decimal system and the basic concepts of all four operations, i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After they have mastered these concepts, they could extend their works to problem solving on paper independently.


Language

(English and Mandarin)

The English language materials are based on a carefully structured phonic and thematic approach to writing and reading. Children firstly learn to expand their vocabulary through exercises, such as naming, storytelling, dramatic play and daily conversation with their peers/teachers. Later, they learn sensorially by tracing sandpapers with their fingers while they are told the sounds. Once they are competence with the phonic sounds, they are introduced to writing simple words using Large Movable Alphabets, matching words with objects, reading phrases, sentences, and stories in phonic readers. Grammar is introduced simultaneously throughout the entire process.

In addition, Buzan Montessori has further developed a structured Montessori approach to reading and writing Mandarin language.

Our ultimate goal is to present children with avenues for total reading and writing.

Cultural Studies and Science

These areas of the curriculum connect the children to the outside world. Topics encompass history, geography, science, biology (botany and zoology) and geology. They are generally introduced through thematic approach. The key intention of this curriculum is to raise children’s awareness, to stimulate curiosity, and to generate strong enough interest in them in wanting to find out more.

Through active involvement in these areas of the curriculum, children will come to an understanding of, for example, the evolution of mankind, the interdependence of all living things, the study of the world and its inhabitants, the solar system, the land and water formations, just to name some. From these experiences, children develop deep appreciation, respect, and caring attitudes towards all the inhabitants in the world.

Art & Creativity

Children are generally born little artists. Their great powers of imagination and creativity are just beyond our comprehension. As such, to reveal and stimulate their creative potential, the environment provided is one which encourages curiosity and independence, i.e., freedom of exploration and selection (within limit). It thus encourages children to put forward their own ideas, thoughts and expression. For example, open ended, process-oriented art materials are available to children throughout the day. They will also be exposed to variety of music, songs and dances of many different cultures, explored different musical instruments, exposed to interesting craft works, and involved in dramatic play.