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The objective of the transition is to guide the children in developing independence, coordination, concentration and order. The transition environment is for the child who is ready for our Pre Primary Program but one who needs more time (race against time meaning) in an environment with a lower teacher/student ratio. In order for the child to progress at his/her own pace, the transition classroom also contains many materials found in a Pre Primary class.
Like the Primary Classroom the curriculum is grouped into five different general areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, language, Math and Cultural. With gentle guiding of the teachers, the children make independent choices in areas that are of the greatest to them.
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The Practical Life exercises help the children care for themselves independently and be responsible for maintaining their environment. Children concentrate on developing daily skills, such as spooning, pouring, sweeping and helping themselves to the snack table. Just beneath the surface are the development of skills that are less tangible-concentration, coordination, independence and sense of order. These of course, are the foundation of a child’s work habits.
The Sensorial activities aid the child in the development of their senses-sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Children develop a tactile discrimination, using materials designed to stimulate the senses, such as smelling jars with candles, shaking blocks with similar sounds, comparing weights and fabric/texture matching. Also, included is the Montessori favorite, the “pink tower.” Emphasis is placed on textures, shapes, sizes, colors, smells and sounds of objects.
The Language Curriculum develops a child’s visual, kinesthetic and phonetic skills. The child is first provided a sensorial impression of a letter and then moves into writing and reading through prepared steps. Writing is developed by not only forming letters but also by working on the formation of shapes that eventually turn into letters. Puzzle pieces in formations that are in our alphabet, such as squares, ovals or ellipses are traced over and over again to develop a child’s understanding of a letters impression.
The Math Materials provide the child with a concrete impression of the quantity being taught, along with symbols. Children are encouraged to explore quantities not only with their eyes but also with their hands. Focusing on numbers 1-10 allows the child to master simple mathematical processes after experiencing hands-on representations of the concept.
The Cultural Program will teach the children about geography and the exploration of cultures, They will have exposure to maps, and will learn about the different traditions of their friends. Classifying plants and animals (living) and exposure to non-living will be discussed during circle time as a group.
Art Materials for handwork–such as drawing, coloring, painting, and clay molding–helped develop motor coordination and encourage self-expression. Group art is encouraged and children are free to be creative and talkative to their peers within this area. Hole punching, line drawing and tracing are also highlighted in this area.
The emphasis at Woodlands Montessori is on individualized learning, but in the transition room there are daily opportunities for group projects and social interactions. The child’s birthday celebration is unique and the family is encouraged to share the child’s special birthday circle.
- Fully Potty Trained
- Pulling up or down their underpants Wiping themselves
- Flushing Toilet
- Washing own hands
- Clearly stating their needs for using the bathroom
- Ability to move about the classroom independently
- Ability to choose own work Ability to complete the work cycle
- Ability to stay on circle for a longer period of time without wandering
- Demonstrates self-help skills during lunch time
- Verbalizes wants and needs
- Course content designed by considering current software testing technology and the job market.
- Practical assignments at the end of every session.
- Practical learning experience with live project work and examples.