2 years - Entry into First Grade
Our preschool program is a Montessori curriculum, with an emphasis on Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics. We also incorporate art, music, and cultural activities.
The child learns the oral language naturally; he automatically takes it from his environment. The work of the teacher is to expose him to the equivalent forms of written language, which he learns through the same general pattern of development.
The Montessori child begins reading when he is ready and proceeds at his own pace. His experiences in practical life and sensorial education serve as a preparation for this. The sandpaper letters provide a phonetic basis for reading. The child's desire and sensitivity to touch are utilized by these letters that are cut out of sandpaper and mounted for tracing. With cut out letters, the child builds his own words on a mat. The material frees him from the fatigue of his still developing writing skills, and yet gives him the opportunity to pursue his interest in words. These activities serve as a preparation for the time when the child assimilates what he knows and explodes into writing.
One part of the Montessori Method taught here and at all Montessori schools is the Sensorial exercises. Sensorial Materials in the Montessori classroom are designed to sharpen the senses of the young child and enable the child to understand the many impressions he receives through them. Each of the Sensorial Materials isolates one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound or smell. Sound boxes for example, are all the same size, shape, color and texture; they differ only in the sounds, which are made when the child shakes them.
The Montessori Sensorial Materials help the child to distinguish, to categorize, and to relate new information to what he already knows. His intellect is trained to make order out of a multitude of experiences and to increase his perception of the world around him, which is the learning process.
The materials for mathematics introduce the concept of quantity and its symbols; the numbers 0 through 9. The quantity is introduced by a series of rods, which the child can count and compare. He matches sets of symbol cards with the rods. Using a variety of beads and symbol cards, the child becomes familiar with the numbers as a decimal system including concrete experiences with the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These exercises not only teach the child to calculate, but they provide a deep understanding of how numbers function.
The child is attracted to activities that give him/her independence and control of his/her own life. A most important need of the young child is to develop his muscles and coordinate his movement through such practical life exercises as sweeping, polishing, carrying water, pouring and washing a table. Special Montessori materials enable him to tie, button, snap and use many other fastening devices. The purpose of these exercises is to develop concentration, to pay attention to details as the child follows a regular sequence of actions and to learn good working habits. These activities provide the very foundation on which the child approaches more intricate academic exercises.
Children are free to work at their own pace. They share what they have learned which reinforces their own knowledge.
Golden Harvest Montessori School is an enriched environment in which children can grow to fulfill their individual potential. We believe in the "whole child" approach to development. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for young children.
We have four Preschool Rooms:
Butterfly and Blue Jay Rooms