The program at MCHL is designed to meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of each child. Children are encouraged to develop good work habits and share in the responsibility of their learning. They work at their own pace and on their own level with gentle guidance from dedicated teachers. The Montessori materials are designed to appeal to the child’s natural desire to learn. They are divided into the following areas:
Activities in this area are designed to give children opportunities to practice the skills necessary for everyday life. Children get great satisfaction in the simple tasks that allow them to pour, spoon, scrub and sweep. Not only is the child working toward independence, but the activities help in developing coordination and a sense of order. Children are taught how to care for their own environment and are given lessons in grace and courtesy
The sensorial materials provide the children with opportunities to explore colors, shapes, smells and sounds. Children learn best when allowed to touch, feel, hold, smell, listen and taste. The sensorial materials are designed to refine the senses while also preparing the child for further learning in math and language.
The verbal skills of the young child are stimulated every moment at MCHL through conversation and exposure to high quality children’s books. Reading and writing are intimately connected and integrated strategies are offered to ensure success. The tracing of a sandpaper letter provides the tactile, phonetic foundation for later reading. A variety of fun and enriching activities are available to facilitate the child’s emerging writing skills, beginning with the early scribbling stage to keeping a daily journal.
A basic tenet of Montessori education is that understanding is often a matter of seeing and touching. Special equipment helps the child to absorb abstract concepts through the use of concrete materials. A broad spectrum of activities in the room allows one child to count sets of five or six buttons while next to him a child is adding four digit numbers, through the use of manipulatives.
Art and Music activities are an integral part of the curriculum and available to children every day.