The Montessori Approach

The Montessori approach involves advancing children's early development through several key areas, including learning practical life skills, working with sensorial materials, developing language skills, engaging with mathematical concepts, working with specially designed materials, and partaking in outdoor physical activities.

Our Philosophy

At Graham Montessori School, we cultivate a natural desire for lifelong learning among children. Our integrated Montessori program addresses all aspects of your child's development, from the intellectual to the physical, and from the emotional to the social.

We believe that early childhood education (ECE) equips children with the tools and skills necessary to meet the challenges of a complex world. Our program is designed to assist children in building a comprehensive foundation for their school years, and for life.

We support our students' freedom by allowing them to learn at their own pace and offering them choice. At the same time, we provide them with a stimulating, nurturing, and structured environment. We focus on developing humanitarian values and a sense of autonomy, integrity, harmony, and spirituality among our students.

Graham Montessori's unique approach includes elements of all of the recognized teaching philosophies in use today. After studying these ECE practices, we have incorporated the best of each into our full Montessori curriculum, striking the ideal balance between creative exploration and structured learning.

Each child's achievement is our top priority, and our program is designed to ensure each student's success. Our unique program surrounds children with a rich and stimulating environment that encourages creative learning and provides the best that early learning education has to offer today.

Curriculum

Graham Montessori School offers a curriculum that addresses all aspects of a child’s development—physical, intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and aesthetic. Our exclusive curriculum, developed by the Principal and staff of the school, consists of a full Montessori curriculum combined with the best elements of early childhood education (ECE).

All of our programs include the following components, in addition to further services customized to each of our four locations.

A Full Montessori Curriculum

Practical Life Exercises

Daily life activities become a learning experience as children are introduced to tasks such as washing dishes, arranging flowers, folding clothes, rolling mats, tidying up, pouring and spooning exercises.

Sensorial Exercises

Children learn to order and classify impressions by engaging in activities that involve touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring.

Mathematics

Hands-on materials help children to learn abstract mathematical concepts in an embodied way, including numbers and counting, place value, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Language

The visual and tactile learning aids of the Montessori environment foster a rich and precise language development for children.

Additional Curricular Activities

Letter Land Program

A unique phonics program from the UK

Language and Literature

Reading, reciting poems, and enriching vocabulary during the circle time

Reading and Writing

Individual approach, depending on the needs of your child

Science

Exploration through exciting experiments

Geography

Continents, countries, customs, and traditions

French

Vocabulary, grammar, spoken French, songs, and poems taught by a native french speaker

Music

Singing, rhythm, and melody sing back taught by a professional musician

Dancing

Choreography, rhythm, and movement

Outdoor Play

Physical activities on spacious and safely equipped playgrounds

Presentation of the Materials

Children are carefully introduced to our classroom materials through “presentations.” A presentation is a time when the teacher slowly and precisely uses the material in its intended way while a child or a small group of children observe.

During a presentation, actions are broken into clear steps. This allows the child to have an increased understanding and chance of success when they then use the materials. The child then engages in repeated concentrated work with the material, under observation by the teacher, who may then show variations or extensions to help the child learn terminology associated with the material.

Practical Life

Practical life exercises instill care for oneself, others, and the environment. These activities include many of the tasks children encounter in their daily lives, such as washing dishes, arranging flowers, folding clothes, rolling mats, and maintaining order (i.e., by promptly putting things where they belong after interacting with them).

Moreover, elements of human sociability are introduced with exercises of grace and courtesy. Through these sorts of activities, children develop muscle coordination, fine motor skills, wrist control, and eye-hand coordination.

Children learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and develop their will (defined by Dr. Maria Montessori as the "intelligent direction of movement"), self-discipline, and capacity for total concentration.

Sensorial

Sensorial materials are tools for development. Children build cognitive capability and they learn to order and classify impressions. They do this by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening to, and exploring the physical properties of their environment through the mediation of specially designed materials.

Mathematics

The Montessori approach to mathematics helps children learn and understand mathematical concepts through working with physical, hands-on materials. This approach provides the child with solid support for traditional mathematical principles such as number recognition, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc while providing a structured scope for abstract reasoning.

Language

Language is vital to a child's overall growth. The Montessori environment provides ample opportunity for rich and precise language development. Children are given the opportunity to enrich their language abilities and use them intelligently with precision and beauty.

The child is exposed to accurate and appropriate ways of communicating with adults and their classmates. In essence, language is used to socialize children. The child will progress in writing and reading to a proficient level appropriate to their age.

Cultural Extension

Geography, science, visual art, and music are presented as extensions of sensorial and language activities. Children learn about cultures of both the past and the present, and this allows their respect and love for their environment to flourish, creating a sense of pride with the global community. Experience with nature in conjunction with the materials in the environment inspires a passion and desire for all life.

Movement

Movement educational activities are introduced to the child in their early years, with emphasis on developing fine and gross motor muscle coordination. Many of the activities in the classroom encourage the use of precise movement with awareness of self in relation to one’s surroundings. The children are free to move about the classroom and engage in activity while not distracting others.

In addition, our programs include movement during circle time, gymnastics, dancing and outdoor activities.

Physical Activity

Physical activities explore large muscle movement. This includes activities such as walking to the nearby park or around the school as well as enjoying free time to explore and utilize the climbing structures and play equipment outdoors.