Syringa Classroom

Curriculum

SERVING CHILDREN AGES 6 WEEKS TO 3 YEARS OF AGE

Practical Life and Motor

  • Practical Life and Motor activities help the child refine fine and gross motor skills while helping him/her develop eye-hand coordination, visual acuity and manual dexterity.

  • These activities assist the child’s coordination of large muscles and help with the strengthening finger and hand muscles. 

  • The lessons help the child gain an understanding of object permanence and allow him/her to practice the ability of spatial organization. 

  • Lessons in these avenues help increase the child’s ability to concentrate and to follow sequential steps.

  • The child begins to develop a routine for self-care skills and to care for his/her environment. 

Sensory 

  • Sensory activities include indoor and outdoor lessons and present the child with experiences to use all of his/her senses.

  • These lessons offer an exploration of the child’s creativity and provide him/her with the opportunity to name, identify and match colors; match objects by color, pattern, and texture; and identify objects by using the five senses. 

  • The lessons also provide the child an opportunity to explore size, shape and form with hands on materials. 

  • A refinement of the child’s senses helps him/her to understand the impressions within his/her immediate environment. 

Language

  • Language activities support the child’s natural development of language. 

  • These activities use touch, facial expressions and singing as other means of communication. 

  • They help the child develop and expand his/her vocabulary, name colors, familiar objects and pictures, organize information and practice listening skills. 

  • Through practice and repetition, the child is exposed to rhyming, the beginning, ending and middle sounds of words, and the phonetic sounds of the alphabet.

  • These skills help prepare the child for learning to read. 

Social

  • Social activities provide the child with opportunities to practice routines and behaviors that are mindful of others. 

  • Daily lessons in this area help the child recognize and describe emotions in themselves and others. 

  • This avenue promotes peaceful ways of solving problems and conflict. 

  • Social activities help the child understand and follow instructions, share materials, and expand his/her social skills.    

Cognitive

  • Cognitive activities offer experiences for the child to expand his/her ability to focus, think and concentrate.

  • These lessons encourage and feed the child’s natural curiosity and introduce problems that the child can learn to solve on his/her own.

  • These activities help the child develop logic and to plan and carry out a project. 

Cultural

  • Cultural activities come through exploration of the natural environment and the increased awareness of time as it is lived throughout the year with changing seasons and cultural celebrations. 

  • Life is lived in the Montessori environment and it is shared with plants and animals that are studied and cared for by the children. 

Art, Music, and Motion

  • Art, Music, and Motion are daily activities that occur in the Montessori classroom.

  • They are effective ways to introduce and reinforce such concepts as fellowship, fun, discovery and expression.