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August and September Activities
SY 2014-15

August

4 – 7     2nd Quiz First Mid-Semester (Nursery)
            First Quarter (Kinder and Prep)

21        Ninoy Aquino Day (No class)

25        National Heroes Day (No class)

26 – 29 First Mid-Semester Exam (Nursery) 
            First Quarter Exam (Kinder and Prep)

September

8 – 10   Parent-Teacher’s Conference

15 – 18 1st Quiz First Semester (Nursery)
            Second Quarter (Kinder and Prep)

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Five Main Areas

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Five Main Areas in a Montessori Environment

Practical Life

Activities such as sweeping, pouring, sponging, polishing, washing, food preparation, etc., are designed to develop the child’s sense of order, focus, concentration, sequential memory, and an eye for detail. These are fundamental disciplines for further academic learning. Lessons in grace and courtesy are presented to develop social skills.

Sensorial

The senses play an important role in the child’s development at this early stage. The sensorial exercises and materials are designed to develop an awareness and refinement of these senses: visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory and gustatory senses. Sensory education helps the child acquire details and accurate knowledge leading towards a reasoning mind. It is a basis for future cognitive learning.

Language

Language development is an integral part of each learning area as well as special areas in and of itself. Montessori exposes the child to many materials and activities that will enable the development and refinement of vision, hearing and speech as a preparation for more formal learning of language. To develop readiness, the child prepares his/her hand for writing with equipment such as the pre-writing patterns. Through guidance in the way the letters feel, sound and eventually look, the child moves into the simple stages of his reading ability. This approach gives the child a total reading experience that enables him/her to do more than just identify words; it leads to an understanding of the ideas and feelings of the author. Parallel exercises enhance writing skills, both physical and creative.

Mathematics

Everyone is born with a mathematical mind, and we encounter mathematical concepts every day. By using manipulative materials to explore, first the concept of quantity and then its numerical symbol representation, the child develops a clear comprehension of the foundation of the decimal system and operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Eventually, he/she moves towards working with mathematics on a more abstract level.

Cultural Studies & Science

Cultural studies include art, music, history, geography, science and nature, cooking, and computers. These are taught in conjunction with other interests in order to give the child an appreciation of how the arts, sciences and humanities affect every day life.

FAQs

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What is the Principal Purpose of a Montessori School?

Our primary aim is to assist in the total development of a child’s personality i.e. social, emotional, intellectual and physical, etc. This will allow the child to be better prepared to adapt to life and to adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.

Isn’t a Montessori School Primarily Concerned with Intellectual Development?

No. We are concerned with the child’s total development which, when accomplished, better equips the child for intellectual development.

Why Should a 3 to 6 Year Old be in a Montessori School Rather than at Home?

It would be difficult for most parents to provide a complete and well organized set of experiences as those available in a Montessori classroom. It would also be difficult for most parents to devote as much time to the child’s individual requirements.

Don’t the Children in a Montessori Classroom Miss out on Social Development?

Actually, they are in a more meaningful social situation that they are likely to find elsewhere. In going about their daily activities in the classroom, they meet and talk with one another, discuss common problems, correct each other’s mistakes, answer questions, borrow and lend, and help each other in many ways. Moreover, they often spontaneously form into groups to carry out a task together. Also, the older children are usually anxious to help out their younger classmates.

What is the Difference Between a Montessori School and a Nursery School?

Freedom is not undisciplined, unruly, selfish behaviour. Three basic rules guide the child’s “freedom” in a Montessori classroom:

  • Do not abuse the materials
  • Do not disturb the other children
  • Do not be disorderly or unruly


The children are free to move about and to select those materials which interest them (provided they have developed to the point of being ready for them), and they are free to use the materials as long as they wish (but they should return them to their places when finished).

Doesn’t the Set Way of Doing Things Stifle Creativity?

What is creativity? Isn’t it a re-ordering of knowledge and of one’s environment in a different and meaningful way? In order to do this, a person must have some backlog about their environment – which the sensorial and other materials in a Montessori classroom provide. Moreover, the primary intent of Montessori is to help the child in the most creative way possible – the shaping of themselves towards the type of adult they will become.

Why is a Montessori Classroom Non-Competitive?

Each child works at their own level of ability and interest, and their own pace. Competition isn’t relevant, and no two children’s needs arise at the same time or for the same length of time.

Isn’t Montessori Only for Bright Children?

No. Because the Montessori approach is concerned with the development of each child as an individual, most children will benefit from it. However, the Montessori classroom isn’t the answer for all children. For instance, a child whose personality has been too badly distorted needs more help than a Montessori classroom can offer, unless it is set up specifically for this purpose.

I Have Heard that Children Often Repeat the Same Activity Over and Over Again. Why?

The child derives pleasure from repetition because it answers one of the base inner needs of life, the desire to gain mastery over their movements, to refine and perfect them.

Won’t my Child Have Difficulty Adjusting to First Grade in Regular School after Attending a Montessori Classroom?

Generally speaking, if the child has developed all aspects of their personality, they should have far less problems than a child without the Montessori background. From our experiences (and those of other Montessori schools), most children adapt well. There is, of course, always a brief period of transition – as there is when going from kindergarten to first grade.

Can I Do Montessori at Home with My Child?

Only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education, using the specialized learning equipment of the Montessori “prepared environment”. Moreover, the social development that comes from being in an environment with other children is an integral part of Montessori education. However, you should reinforce the Montessori principles of child development at home to complement your child’s experiences in the Montessori classroom. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. “Help me do it by myself” is the theme of the preschooler. Can you find ways for your child to participate in meal preparations, cleaning, gardening, and caring for clothes, shoes and toys? Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child’s self-esteem.

Montessori Classrooms are so Structured. Why?

Although the directress is careful to make clear the specific purpose of each material and to present activities in a clear and step-by-step order, the child is free to choose from a vast array of activities and to discover new possibilities.

The Three-Year Cycle

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The Three-Year Cycle is an integral part of a Montessori program. Maria Montessori and other educational psychologists believe that the children pass through phases of development throughout their lives.


e.g. Birth to 3 years of age.

3 to 6

6 to 9

9 to 12

12 to 15

15 to 18 etc.


When a child enters a Montessori classroom at age three, he/she has just moved into a new phase of development. At 3, he/she is ready to explore and absorb new experiences outside the home. Just as in the 3 period, this 1stperiod (age 3) is a time to be introduced to new concepts and especially the names of these concepts.


At 4, the child is in the 2ndperiod of the 3-year cycle and just as in the 2ndperiod of a lesson, it is a time for repetition and practice. This is a very, very busy year. This 2ndyear is a very critical and important time as we now get a glimpse of the process occurring in the child. The teacher spends a lot of time observing the four year olds and sees what connections have been made and goes back to reinforce them so nothing slips through the cracks. We move onto the next year (3rdperiod) only when we are sure that the child will succeed. This can occur any time during the last year.


At age 5, the third year of the cycle, work of the first two years comes to fruition. The child is now mastering concepts and saying “Aha, so this is how it works”.

This is the period most adults want to get to. We can see very tangibly what the child knows. We want to test the child and move on to something else.


If you move too quickly, i.e. Skip the 3rdyear, you will be in correction mode.


Every time your child masters a skill or assimilates an idea, she is stronger and more competent and becomes an independent person open to learning. The knowledge the child acquires during the third year in a Montessori school is just the starting point for the child’s next learning adventure.


We want the child to say “I can do it”.



What Makes A Montessori Preschool?

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The surroundings …

  • Are ordinary and based in reality – i.e. no Disney or cartoon characters pasted on the wall
  • Include a spacious, clean and homely interior
  • Are not regimented (no strict timetable, no rows of desks facing a chalkboard)
  • Are equipped with child-size furniture, fixtures and fittings



The materials …


  • Are arranged neatly on low shelves
  • Are in good condition
  • Are regularly rotated
  • Are regularly cleaned



The children …


  • Are a mixture of three-, four-, five-year-olds engaged in spontaneous , industrious activity
  • Move around freely and interact casually, yet with respect for one another



The director …


  • Is formally qualified and/or well-trained
  • Exhibits a genuine love for the children
  • Communicates comfortably with the children, talks to them at eye level, and shares meals with them
  • Is observant and patient
  • Is confident and cheerful

Who is Maria Montessori?

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Profile: Maria Montessori

     Maria Montessori is regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in early childhood education. Her ideas have become known and recognized throughout the world and have significantly influenced traditional education.
 
     She became interested in education after having worked with children in her medical practice. She soon abandoned her medical practice and dedicated herself to the study of human development. The basis of her studies – as most scientists – was observation. She observed for more than 50 years in Europe, America, and Asia, children of all races, cultures and social environments. She found that they developed according to the same rules, and had the same needs and behaviour, at the same time in their life. From this extensive study, a complex educational philosophy grew that we know today as the Montessori method.
    

Application

Bring the following requirements:

Casa 1 (2.10 – 4 years old)
Casa 2 (4 – 5 years old)
Casa 3 (5 – 6 years old)

  • Photocopy of Birth & Baptismal Certificate 
  • 4 recent photos (white background) – 2 pcs. 2×2 and 2 pcs. 1×1
  • For transferees: 
    • Recommendation Letter
    • Good moral
    • Original and Photocopy of Report Card
  • Initial Payment

Enrollment

Procedure

 Old Students

  1. Go to our office to confirm a slot for your child.
  2. Furnish a copy of Registration Form 1B (see Downloads) and submit it with the requirements.
  3. Pay the initial fees at our Office.

New Students

  1.  Submit Registration Form (see Downloads) with requirements.
  2. Pay Assessment fee to secure a schedule for your child.
  3. After assessment, pay the initial fees at our Office.

Fees

Tuition Fees are according to the level of the student. We have three options – Annual, Semestral and Monthly Basis. You may email or call us to request for a copy of our Payment Plan. Parents may also visit us from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.