School Information: Squirrels Leap Play School
A large part of our teaching choices and principles are Montessori based, this leads to a system of education which is both a philosophy of child development and a motivation for guiding such growth. It is based on two important developmental needs of children:
The need for freedom within limits.
A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.
This system of education is designed to take full advantage of the child's desire to learn and use his or her unique ability to develop their own capabilities. Our learning environment will help the child to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Children choose their activities from open shelves with self-correcting materials and work in distinct work areas - on tables or on rugs on the floor. The practical life exercises enhance the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and refinement of physical movement. The sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation, length, width, temperature, mass and colour.
The Montessori maths materials, through concrete manipulative lessons, allow the child to grasp the concepts of numbers, symbols, sequence, operations and memorizing basic facts.
The language work includes oral language development, written expression, reading, and the study of grammar, creative dramatics and children's literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters (loose alphabet letters) and various presentations, allowing children to effortlessly link sounds and symbols and to express their thoughts in writing and drawing.
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