THE MONTESSORI METHOD
Children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using concrete materials to perform the different operations. The hands on materials allows them to gain a real understanding of what each operation means. Math is taught using a variety of materials. Students learn how to solve problems using the appropriate materials and they learn to record their results. Repetition is very important, and students will be able to use a variety of materials for similar operations.
Reading starts with the Sandpaper Letters. The phonetic sound of the letters is taught before they learn the name of the letters. The sounds are given first because these are the sounds they hear in words that they will need to read.
Writing starts the movable alphabet letters. Children learn one, two, and three syllable words by doing multiple exercises presented in a variety of lessons that allows for the necessary repetition.
Grammar is taught with specific colorful geometric shaped symbols that will help imprint the grammar concepts in a concrete way. The different parts of speech concepts are presented in dramatic key lessons, students learn the function of each part of speech in a fun and memorable way.
Word study and mechanics is taught using the Montessori Skyscraper. Word study is done with different activities using labeled cards that students can match to create compound words, suffix and prefix words, and also matching activities for antonyms and synonyms, homophones and homographs.
Mechanics is learned through activities with labeled cards students learn when to use capitals, periods, apostrophes, commas and quotations. Students will be able to practice alphabetization and classification, how to use guide words for research, how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus.