Our Kindergarten school uses the Montessori Method which is characterized by providing a prepared environment: tidy, pleasing in appearance, simple and real, where each element exists for a reason in order to help in the development of the child.
NIBIIS PrePrimary Montessori classroom integrates children of mixed ages that are grouped in periods of 3 years ( Play group , kindy and Kindy B) This promotes socialization, respect and solidarity among them naturally this allows children to live in harmony with others in the small society they belong to in the classroom.
The role of teacher is an observer and a guide: he/she helps and stimulates the child with all his/her effort. This allows children to act, want and think by themselves, and helps them to develop confidence and inner discipline.
The Montessori Curriculum in NIBIIS Pre-Primary.
Our curriculum in NIBIIS pre- Primary children from 3 to 6 years old is divided into four working areas:
- Practical Life These are activities that aim to the care of the person, of others and of the physical environment where they live in. These activities include tasks that are familiar to the child: washing, polishing, setting the table, arraging flowers, etc. They also include activities of "grace and courtesy", which are part of all civilized people. Through these and other activities, children achieve coordination and control of movement and exploration of his/her surroundings. Children learn to complete a task from beginning to end, they develop their will, self-discipline, the capacity of concentration and self-confidence.
- Sensorial Children at this age learn through senses more than through their intellect. The sensorial materials are tools for children to refine each of their senses. Each material isolates a specific quality: smell, size, weight, texture, flavour, colour, etc. In this preschool age, when children are "bombarded" with sensorial information, these materials allow them to find order and meaning to the world, raising his/her capacity of perception, favouring observation and a sense of admiration for everything that surrounds him/her.
- Language When the child enters an environment at age 3, they enrich the language that they had already acquired. They are capable of using it intelligently with precision and beauty, slowly realizing its properties. They learn to write, starting with their senses (hearing and touching), and as a natural consecquence they learn to read. As an extension of language activities, children learn about geography, history, art and music. These areas help the child to know his/her surroundings and to realize the place the child occupies in this world. They teach him to respect and love for his/her environment, and they create a sense of solidarity with all humanity and his/her habitat.
- Mathematics The materials help the child to learn and understand mathematical concepts when working with concrete materials that lead him/her intuitively to abstract concepts. They offer him/her sensorial impressions of the numbers and set the foundations for algebra and geometry.
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE MONTESSORI METHOD
- Individual approaches to learning
- combination of academic and sosial education
- cultivating a child's curiosity, and they are encouraged to dare to explore
- abstract concepts are presented in real terms
- the skills and routines taught at school will be applied by children in their daily lives to adulthood