Curriculum

A pupil at (AlS) School obtains a world standard, first class education which fosters a firm foundation for future learning. Top priority is placed on seeing children learn right things, the right way in the right environment.

The school uses a well-prepared School Curriculum for laying a solid academic foundation for children ages 18 months to eleven years. .

 

Montessori Method There are five areas of the Montessori curriculum. Each preschool classroom is well equipped with materials that aid learning in these areas. The curricula areas are:

 

Practical Life: This area of the curriculum is designed to invite the young learner to act and work on real life tasks that foster independence, coordination, order and concentration. It is in a sense the doorway to the Montessori curriculum. This is the area where the child may first choose independent work.

 

Sensorial: Dr Montessori saw the senses as the "doorway to the mind." She considered sensory and manipulation not only as an aid to the development of maturing sense organs but a starting point for the intellectual growth. This exercise makes children better prepared for future learning in math, language, and science and making sense of life's experiences and information in general.

 

Mathematics: The central purpose of the Math materials in the early years is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition to abstract thinking. Montessori students use hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clear and concise.

 

Language: Development is a concern of the entire Montessori classroom. In the language area we will find a large variety of reading readiness materials, including materials for phonetic analysis, word attack skills and reading, as well as materials for the refinement of motor control for writing.

In the Montessori Method, writing precedes reading, as the children explore with drawing and forming letters. The process of learning how to read should be as painless and simple as learning how to speak. The child begins by exploring the sounds that compose words and by relating them to the letters of the alphabet. He can soon produce words and sentences free of all other mechanical difficulties. In the meantime he trains his hand to become precise and sure for the writing movements. Reading is prepared indirectly from writing. The child starts from what he knows about the letters and the sounds. Then we give him the key to read all the words he can encounter. Reading skills normally develop so smoothly in Montessori classrooms that students tend to exhibit a sudden "reading explosion" which leaves the children and their families beaming with pride. Dr Montessori research confirmed what observant parents have always known: children learn best by touch and manipulation, not by repeating what they are told.

 

Cultural Work: Science is an integral element of the Montessori curriculum. Among other things, it represents a way of life: a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving. The scope of the Montessori science curriculum includes a sound introduction to botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. The Montessori approach to science cultivates children's fascination with the universe and helps them develop a lifelong interest in observing nature and discovering more about the world in which we live.

Our teachers introduce history and geography as early as age three. The youngest students work with specially designed maps and begin to learn the names of the world's continents and countries. They learn to treasure the richness of their own cultural heritage and those of their friends. Music and movement education will also be important parts of the curriculum as well as the Arts. They offer children ways to express themselves, their feelings, experiences and ideas. Montessori schools are very interesting