- When a parent walks into a Montessori classroom, the first thing you will notice is that all the children are busy and interested in what they are doing. One child may be counting, while another is reading short words—all are engaged in activity. Each classroom is designed to fulfill the developmental needs of the child.
- Sensorial Development: Children learn to recognize and to discuss and learn to match and sort colors, textures, shapes, sizes and sounds. Children learn the difference between wide, narrow; thick, thin; tall, short; loud, quiet; rough, smooth. Children learn to arrange in order.
- Cultural Subjects: Children learn how to use scissors, a pencil, an eraser, glue and crayons. They learn how to paint, string beads, identify high and low notes, sing songs, play games, recognize the seven continents of the Earth, understand the rotation of the Earth, to use polite phrases, understand the basic needs of humans. They also learn basic color theory and color mixing, the days of the week, months of the year, basic sewing concepts.
- Language/Math: Children learn to count to ten, learn the names of numbers, colors, textures, measurements, people, continents, animals, geometrical shapes, geometrical solids, furnishings, clothing items, body parts, botanical parts. Children also learn sounds of letters, basic sound analysis, to match number symbol to quantity, to speak in complete sentences and to use prepositional phrases.
- Practical Life: Children learn self care; how to use the toilet, wash and dry hands, clean face, use a spoon and fork, drink from a glass, wipe their nose, put on their jacket and shoes, hang up their coat, learn to use zippers, buttons, Velcro, buckles, pour their own drink, serve their own food and how to ask for help politely.
- Care of Environment: Children learn to use a sponge for cleaning, a towel for drying, a broom, a “crumber”, a mop. Children also learn to carry a tray, push in a chair and put their work away.
- Handle Objects with Care: Children learn to walk without bumping into things or stepping onto people, say “excuse me” ask permission to touch someone or their work, roll a mat.