Practical life

This is where it all begins for the 2½-year-old child. It involves day-to-day activities such as pouring, spooning, polishing and food preparation, all of which develop hand dexterity. The children also learn how to care for both themselves and their environment. Practical life serves as preparation for later maths and language.



Language skills involve listening, speaking, reading and writing and, therefore a comprehensive framework has been worded out suggesting a systematic approach to assist development in these areas. When a child shows they are ready, the letter sound are introduced, leading to many reading and writing exercises. The children begin language work early in a Montessori environment. The first stages of word building involve introducing the children to the idea that words are made up of sounds.



These materials teach the children how to discriminate between dimensional differences, colours, shapes, and textures and to them verbalise this.



Our basic interest is to consider the possibilities of providing sound foundations at nursery school level for the later development of mathematical concepts. The equipment covers grouping and learning numbers from 1 – 9999 and early work is done with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.



An introduction at an early age through specific equipment and through theme work. Subject areas cover geography, simple biology, history, science and art.