What is a Montessori based Preschool Programme?
At Al-A'lã we use the Montessori philosophy and method of teaching and the Montessori materials in our classrooms. We also incorporate the "traditional" preschool methods of teaching. Your child will enjoy the best of both worlds. Some benefits of "traditional" preschool include teacher-directed, theme based lessons, and creative play. Benefits of the Montessori methods include classroom structure, independence, and self pace that Montessori has to offer. We provide this in an atmosphere where knowledge and Islamic values are reinforced.
Most educators and psychologists today agree that the single most important period in the development of a person's intelligence occurs between birth and age five. A child's mind is extremely absorbent and his curiosity is at a peak during these early years. When properly nourished and stimulated, the child's mind forms patterns for learning that serve him well throughout his life. The Montessori system of preschool education has proven to be one of the most effective and fastest growing methods to guide a child through these critical years.
The Montessori classroom is a child's sized world. Whatever is in the outside world can be incorporated meaningfully in the Montessori classroom. By careful selection of materials, an environment is set up that allows the child to explore life at a level he can understand. The materials or exercises are designed to stimulate independent exploration. This prepared environment entices the child to proceed at his own pace from simple activities to more complex ones. Through this process, the child's natural curiosity is satisfied and he begins to experience the joy of discovering the world around him.
There are 5 distinguishing areas of a Montessori classroom:
Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Culture
As children advance, so do their activities, preparing for abstract thinking and building a foundation for a lifetime of understanding. During their Kindergarten year, they internalize and reinforce their earlier experiences, they master more advanced math, reading, and writing skills.
As a result of being in preschool for three years, children have the unique opportunity to experience learning as both the littlest learners and as leaders. The confidence children feel as a result of this experience readies them for their next educational experiences.