REDMOND CHILDREN'S ACADEMY
                 (Montessori preschool at Redmond ridge)

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Redmond Ridge Montessori Children Academy's Blog

What is Montessori?

Montessori is an individualized approach to education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and is based on scientific observations of children's learning processes.

Montessori materials help the child in understanding concepts by allowing him/her to see, hold and use the materrials, which help the child to learn and retain the concepts and information in a more natural way.
Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education. Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Even the materials used in Montessori for sensorial, math, science, and language and cultural materials (metal insets, sandpaper letters, puzzle maps, bells, for example) are all professionally manufactured according to traditional standards that have been tested over many years.

Math

Montessori Math at Redmond Ridge Montessori Childrens Academy 

Math Montessori materials help the child in understanding the number concepts by allowing him/her to see, hold and use the math manipulatives, which help the child to learn and retain the concepts and information in a more natural way. Concrete materials help understand the value of quantity, the decimal system, and mathematical operations. Montessori material is supplemented with the traditional math material (work sheets) to help bring the Montessori knowledge to real life examples.
Language
Language at our Montessori Preschool
Language and speech development areas are designed to help the child reach the 3rd period of consciousness by helping him/her understand that sound and words have meaning and that the symbols are used in writing. Montessori materials provided for this purpose help the child develop communication, expression, and development of thought. Phonics are introduced to the child and help them master the concepts by introducing their relation to the beginning, middle and ending letters of the word.
Science at Redmond Ridge Montessori Childrens Academy 
Montessori materials and guidance is provided to help the child investigate and quench their thirst for observing and absorbing information about the world around them. While the Montessori approach introduces them to more abstract concepts like taking care of the plants, learning different parts of the leaves or plants or animals, landforms like islands, peninsula, etc… the more traditional class material helps them understand and provide basic concepts related to our universe and the solar system and how they function together. Botany and Zoology will be introduced as part of the Science curriculum through seed sowing, watering plants in the environment, and teaching of differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. This will be supplemented by the Botany puzzle cabinet and Zoology puzzle cabinet and by the Art work through making of collages with flowers and leaves.
Science

Sensorial

Sensorial activities

The purpose of this work is to help the child in his/her efforts to sort out the many varied impressions given by the senses and help the child develop discrimination, order, classification, and refinement of the senses. The sensorial materials are designed with a built in feedback to show the student when mistakes are made and this helps the child develop personal incentive to improve and capable of comprehending abstract concepts. Montessori materials help the child develop every quality perceived by the senses such as size, shape, weight, texture, composition, visualization, etc…
Practical Life
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This part of the curriculum will help refine small and large muscle skills and help develop your child’s hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, concentration and attention to detail. It also helps the child gain independence and adapt to society, analyze difficulties and solve problems at hand, and learn about the care and maintenance of everyday life with the help of Montessori materials.