Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The kindergarten curriculum, which has recently been enriched with a generous range of Montessori activities and materials, is organized into five main curricular areas: Practical Life, Sensorial Life, Language, Mathematics, and Science/Culture. In addition, Religion, Music, English, Artistic Education, and Physical Education, some of them delivered by specialty teachers, are also an integral part of the program. Placed on low shelves to be easily accessible, the materials are designed to stimulate the child’s logical abilities and taste for discovery. Apart from conveying basic educational information, they develop the child’s senses and movement coordination in preparation for writing, reading, and calculating. The child learns at his/her own pace through practice with concrete materials that are presented by the teacher. These concrete experiences lead to a thorough understanding of each step of a process, building a solid foundation for more abstract future work. 

Practical Life
Life exercises assist the children in learning to care for themselves, for the environment, and for others. Through activities such as pouring, transferring grains, preparing food, (un)zipping, (un)buttoning, washing a table, and cleaning up and putting away “work,” children develop discipline, coordination, concentration, and good work habits. Their self-confidence and autonomy increase with each accomplishment.
Language
Language permeates the program, paving the way to reading, literature, grammar, creative writing and handwriting, enriched vocabulary, and enhanced self-expression. The language of instruction is French. The child progresses from learning the form and sounds of letters to making phonetic words with a moveable alphabet, then non-phonetic words, then to writing words and sentences. Eventually, s/he will be able to combine these skills, to read (and possibly write) stories.
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Cultural Subjects
include botany, zoology, science, and geography. To the child’s curious and inquisitive mind, such activities as cloud observation or the life cycles of a frog are fascinating areas for exploration. Real-life and outdoor activities are able to complete and enhance the impact of in-class Montessori cultural materials, adding a good deal of excitement and enthusiasm to the experience of learning.
Sensorial activities
help children to develop and enhance their sensory abilities of smelling, tasting, feeling, seeing, and hearing, in order to better distinguish and classify their perceptions. For example, through the manipulation of rectangular prisms of various sizes, or through fitting cylinders of different sizes into holes, the children begin to order their spatial perceptions of size, quantity, and shape.
Mathematics
offers a concrete exploration of patterns and numerical concepts. The materials introduce the concept of quantity and the symbols for the numbers from 1 to 10. Using a diversity of beads and symbol cards, the child becomes familiar with the numbers as a decimal system. Later on, s/he gets hands-on experience with the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Because of the concrete nature of the materials, the child acquires a concrete understanding of how numbers function, before moving towards abstract mathematical concepts.
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