Life’s journey of learning and discovery starts from the moment of conception. In the secure environment of his or her mother’s womb the child is already sensing, feeling, growing and responding. After birth, by the end of the first year, it is almost like a miracle has happened! The child can control the movements of his/her whole body, eager to explore the space around; stretching and crawling, grasping and releasing objects, sharing our laughter and emotions; ready to widen the range of activity by standing or walking.
Ages 15 months to 3 years old
9 am to 12 noon – Monday to Friday
Children join Early Years Montessori around the age of 15 months and remain there until they are ready to graduate to our Pre Primary programme at Head Start Montessori House of Children, Koramangala. This is an automatic transition and happens between 2½ to 3 years of age.
EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM
The Early Years curriculum is designed around the developmental needs of children from 15 months to 3 years old based on the Montessori Method. There are a wide range of activities covering different aspects of this development.
Exercises of Practical Life
“The Exercises of Practical Life are formative activities, a work of adaptation to the environment. Such adaptation to the environment and efficient functioning therein is the very essence of a useful education.” – Maria Montessori
- Care of self: Children, however young, love to be busy and fruitfully occupied. Activities to help with care of self, such as dressing frames, washing hands, eating independently and learning to use the toilet on their own are some examples.
- Care of the environment: Children learn to take care of their environment easily if it is part of their daily lives. Various activities and experiences prepare them to take care of their surroundings like caring for plants, sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing. They take great joy in such work.
- Grace and courtesy: It is the simple graces that come together to strengthen and enable good inter-personal relationships … learning how to say please and thank you, how to wait ones turn, how not to disturb another child while working and how to be a constructive and helpful member of a community. The Exercises of Practical Life help with co-ordination, concentration, orderly work habits, responsibility, social relations and independence.
These activities help the child to refine his or her movements, both large and fine. The materials offered are designed to assist the development of co-ordination, independence and self-esteem. The large movements include walking, running, jumping, climbing, and various whole hand movements. The finer movements include wrist and finger movements, strengthening the pincer grip and activities for eye-hand co-ordination. All these activities for both large and fine movements indirectly help cognitive skills and logical reasoning. Children explore, manipulate and arrive at conclusions.
Language and Communication
Young children ‘absorb’ language effortlessly and must be given opportunities to develop and expand their vocabularies, visual acuity, listening and conversational skills. This happens through a collaborative effort in a stimulating and nurturing environment, with the exchanging of ideas and thoughts through various activities such as naming, matching, sorting, painting, singing, music and both one on one and group interaction.