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Children choose work from the beautiful and well-defined areas of the classroom. Beauty is a key component of the classrroom. Montessori believed that beauty and nature brought forth the most positive instincts in the child. The classrooms are purposefully designed using neutral colours as bright and colourful rooms tend to over stimulate a child, whereas the natural tones enhance peace, calm and a better opportunity to focus.
Our setting is distinguished by its bilingual programme. Both English and Arabic teachers work daily, side-by-side, in the same classroom, offering children maximum exposure to both languages. From the moment children are born until about the age of five years a child attains language with almost no direct teaching, absorbing the language in his environment without difficulty, no matter how complex the language is.
Working with the materials helps develop coordination, concentration, independence, and a sense of order. Order was strongly emphasized by Montessori not because it keeps a room tidy but because it helps the child to organise his mental and physical development.
Each classroom incorporates the following five areas:
Practical Life area:
activities include many of the tasks that children see as part of their daily routine, such as pouring liquids, preparing foods, washing hands, dusting, sweeping and taking care of the environment.This area enhances the development of eye-hand coordination, gross and fine motor control and independence.
materials are specially designed to help children learn accurate information about physical properties of the environment. Each piece of sensorial material isolates one quality such as dimension, colour, weight, smell, or sound.This area also enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass and colour.
this area makes use of concrete manipulative materials to promote the child's innate mathematical ability in his early years.These materials enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, quantity, sequence, and operations.
: this area includes the development of spoken and written expression, reading, grammar, creative story telling, and children's literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet, and various activities that aid children to link sounds with letter symbols effortlessly.
activities in this area expose the child to basics in geography, history, and sciences. Art and music and movement are also part of the integrated cultural curriculum.
In a Montessori classroom children are always on the move, carrying activities from the shelves to the tables or rugs to work, wiping up a spill or washing windows. All these activities aid children in refining their large and small motor skills. Games, music and movement activities are played daily indoors and children enjoy the freedom to run and play outdoors as well.
A sense of community is developed within the class as children learn how to live well together. Older children are responsive to the needs of the younger children. Children can choose to work alone or with others. This balance between the freedom of the individual and the needs of the group is fundamental to all Montessori environments.
Ajyaal Montessori Pre-School