Academic Program

  • Blooming Day Montessori
    Montessori Program
     Academic Activities
    2020-21

    Blooming Day’s Preschool program includes the academic classroom learning process based on the Montessori teaching methodology in addition to the traditional childcare and developmental activities. In addition to the free play, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play activities, the Preschool program will include individual activities selected by children based on the concepts and basis of Montessori methodology.

    Following is a brief explanation of:

    1. What is Montessori?
    2. The Purpose of Montessori Education
    3. How Children Learn
    4. Importance of the Early years
    5. Sensitive Periods, and
    6. Age Appropriateness
    7. WHAT IS MONTESSORI: The Montessori system of learning is both a philosophy of child development and rationale for guiding such development. This system is based on the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), a world-renowned and famous educator and psychologist. The system is built on the child’s need for freedom of course within some limits. The classroom environment is prepared in such a way that the child moves naturally through a progression of activities and materials, which satisfy his or her emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs.
    8. THE PURPOSE OF MONTESSORI EDUCATION: Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A child continues to learn because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn.

    In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping him to perfect all his natural tools for learning so that his ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.

    1. HOW THE CHILDREN LEARN: The use of the materials is based on the young child’s unique aptitude for learning. Dr. Montessori frequently compared the young mind to a sponge. It literally absorbs information from the Since the child retains this ability to learn by absorbing until he is almost seven years old, Dr. Montessori reasoned that his experience could be enriched by a classroom where he could handle materials. In a Montessori classroom, the equipment invites him to do this at his own periods of interest and readiness. All the equipment in a Montessori classroom allows the child to reinforce his casual impressions by inviting him to use his hands for learning.
    2. IMPORTANCE OF THE EARLY YEARS: In The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori wrote, ” The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six…At no other age has the child greater need for intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving “

    Dr. Benjamin S. Bloom wrote in his research studies that “..From conception to age 4, the individual develops 50% of his mature intelligence; from age 4 to 8 he develops another 30%..This would suggest the very rapid growth of intelligence in the early years and the possible great influence of the early environment on his development.”

    1. SENSITIVE PERIODS: An observation of Dr. Montessori was the importance of the sensitive periods for early learning. These are periods of fascination for learning a particular skill such as going up and down steps, putting things in order, counting or reading The Montessori classroom takes advantage of this fact by allowing the child freedom to select individual activities, which correspond to his own periods of interest.
    2. AGE APPROPRIATENESS: A child can usually enter a Montessori classroom between the ages of two and one half and four years, depending on when he can be happy and comfortable in a classroom situation. The equipment a child uses will help him to develop concentration, coordination, and working habits for advanced activities.

    Parents should understand that a Montessori classroom is not a babysitting service. While the Childcare portion of the program will develop the child for traditional kindergarten, the Montessori classroom portion of the program is designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years of absorbing capabilities from an enriched environment.