Montessori education involves a particular environment set up to meet the needs of the children. Materials are provided that they can manipulate, which is of great benefit to the children. But how does this occur?
PRACTICAL LIFE: Activities which provide the materials that we find in daily life. The children take care of their basic needs which provide confidence, self-esteem and independence. This confidence allows them to feel safe in exploring further activities.
SENSORIAL: Activities which allows them to fulfill their inner desires to feel and touch the items in the world around them. Through the manipulation of rods, shapes and cylinders, the children find order about size and space. The necessary muscular development for writing is provided through the use of these various shaped knobs and cylinders.
LANGUAGE: Language is developed through the use of the Moveable Alphabet, listening to sounds and tracing sandpaper letters. Children are often excited to continue through the lessons that encourage reading and writing.
MATHEMATICS: Math is brought to life through the Bank game, use of the Hundred Board and various math materials that promote basic math skills up to and including the concepts of square roots and cubing.
Montessori also includes lessons in PEACE: how to handle conflicts; GEOGRAPHY: the people and lands around us, and GRACE and COURTESY: respect, manners and love for others.
TMMP also includes dramatic play, construction play, arts and crafts, and rest times. Snacks and outdoor play are also an essential part of our program.
TMMP prides itself on insuring that our students are fully ready and capable of entering kindergarten with the skills necessary to be a highly-functioning student.