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Why Ajyaal Montessori Pre School?

At Ajyaal, we strive to create a place of excellence, of unsurpassed standards for the provision of quality childcare, where beauty is abudndant most notably in the hearts and souls of the people who work here.

What does Montessori mean?

The Montessori Method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman doctor in Italy, who devoted her adult life to the observation and study of children. Rather than "teaching" a child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate the child's interest and facilitate his understanding and learning with little or no adult intervention. In this environment, the child is an active participant in his learning process rather than a passive recipient of information.

Why should I send my child to preschool?

Most educators and psychologists today agree that the single most important period in the development of a person's intelligence occurs between birth and age six. A child's mind is extremely absorbent and his curiosity is at a peak during these early years. When properly nourished and stimulated, the child's mind forms patterns for learning that serve him well throughout his life. The Montessori system of preschool education is one of the most effective methods to guide a child through these critical years.

What is in a Montessori classroom?

To a child, the world can be overwhelming, big, complex, and confusing. The Montessori classroom is an environment that is carefully prepared enticing the child to proceed at his own pace from simple activities to more complex ones. Through this process, the child's natural curiosity is satisfied and he begins to experience the joy of discovering the world around him.

What is a typical day in a Montessori classroom?

Children come into the school, greet the teachers, put away their school bags, and begin their day. They move about the classroom from activity to activity, unrolling a small rug for work on the floor or sitting at a table, talking or working with a friend or choosing to work alone. The materials in the classroom are grouped into the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Art, and Cultural. Throughout the day teachers give individual presentations of the activities in these areas.
Towards the end of the morning, the children gather in a circle to hear a story read aloud, share news and sing songs. Each day ample time is spent playing outside.

What is Ajyaal's approach regarding snacks?

The food children eat has a direct link with all aspects of their development - from their general health and well being, to their ability to concentrate, behave appropriately, understand and learn.

At Ajyaal, we encourage good eating habits to ensure that our children enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle and in so doing, get the most of their school day. Each parent receives a "Lunch Box Ideas Leaflet" on our Orientation Day at the beginning of the year.

We also strongly urge parents to ensure that all children have a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast before coming to school.

What is the Montessori teacher trained to do?

The Montessori teacher is trained to understand the development of the children in her care. She is experienced in observing children and using those observations to plan for each individual child in her class. She aids the child in exploring every area of the classroom and works through the plan during the week, ensuring that each child receives presentations of all the activities planned. The observations also aid the teachers to set up the classroom in such a way that every child's interests and needs are met. All the teachers at Ajyaal are trained in First Aid and receive continuous in house training covering all areas of early childhood education.

With all the freedom, isn't there confusion?

The concept of freedom in the classroom is a freedom within limits. A child is allowed to work freely so long as he does not disturb others. Children who have the freedom to follow their interests are generally happy and busily involved in their work.

What is the best age to enroll a child in Montessori?

Maria Montessori outlined various periods of "sensitivity." During these times, a child is capable of and interested in learning specific concepts. Between the ages of 2 to 3, a special sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence begins to emerge. This time is ideal to enroll a child in a Montessori preschool as he is at the perfect period to build a strong foundation for future learning.