MONTESSORI TO MATIC & ‘O’ LEVEL “44th YEAR OF ACADEMIC EXECELLENCE”

Pre-Primary educationis an important stage which lays foundation for life-long learning and whole person development, and serves as the starting point of formal education.We offer early childhood education system to children ranging from the ages of two to six in the form of Play Group, Reception, Beginners Level I and Beginners Level II. Especially designed environments are built at Little Folks Paradise Cambridge School, together with approved curriculum to enhance the vocabulary and language skills of children, stimulate their interest in learning and foster a balanced development in ethical, intellectual and social aspects .

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Cognitive and Language Development

All kind of learning include the three key elements, namely “knowledge”, “skills” and “attitudes”, and these are also emphasized in our pre-primary curriculum. Children are born with innate powers of communication. Before they acquire language skills, they use body language or facial expressions to communicate with parents or caretakers. Cognitive development is the process by which children learn to reason, solve problems and think consciously. It allows preschool-age children to develop their own questions about the world around them Early childhood is the golden period for language learning. Thus, a pre-primary language curriculum should aim at creating a language-rich learning environment, in which children can develop their language proficiency through try-outs, exploration and interpersonal interaction.

knowledge of the world through physical activity and sensory experience. The sensory-perceptual ability of children, as well as the use of language and symbols, marks the beginning of the preliminary stage of children’s learning. These abilities enable children to construct knowledge and develop their intelligence through real-life situations and experiences.

Auditory preparation

  • Verbal communication
  • Identifying discriminating sounds through Phonics
  • Sequencing
  • Repetition
  • Poetry
  • Listening skills

Visual preparation

  • Recognizing patterns and common words those they encounter in different learning using Pattern Cards and Classification cards
  • Matching cards and labeling cards develop skills to match visually Reading on word level
  • Phonics by using 3 and 4 Letters Phonic cards
  • Reading in context
  • Master preliminary reading techniques by using Sand Paper Letters
  • Develop interest in reading and form reading habits

Correct expression

  • Vocabulary of objects, attributes and actions
  • Informal discussion

Function of words

  • Beginning writing
  • Introduction of noun Identification
  • Introduction of verb Identification

Mathematics (Pre-Number Concept)

Development of pre-mathematic skill. Skills related to comparison, sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting.

Numbers system

Establish numbers 1 to 50 for understand quantity and sequence of the numbers using manipulative. Establish recognition of numerical symbols. Learn relationship of quantity to symbols.

  • Number rods and cards
  • Set baskets
  • Spindle boxes
  • Sand paper numbers
  • Cards and counters

ecimal system

Understand the concept of base ten. Learn composition of numbers, including place value and equivalencies.

  • Introduction tray
  • Tray of nine
  • Numeral
  • Number fetching

Linear counting

Develop ability to recognize and count any number. Learn skip counting

  • 100 board
  • 100 chains

Geometry

  • Geometric solids
  • Geometric cabinet
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Polygon
  • Pentagon
  • Curved figures

Physical Development (Gross and fine motor)

Strong physical fitness and good habits are the foundation of healthy growth. Children grow healthily by participating in activities structured in line with their physical and mental developmental needs, and by learning to maintain healthy practices throughout their lifetime. Physical activities enable children to experience the capabilities of their body and develop a sense of space. Sensory experiences help children understand the relationship between themselves and the environment. We provide appropriate training in the indoor and outdoor environmrnt that helps children develop gross and fine motor skills and effectively develop their concentration and observation abilities. Most of all, their self-confidence is enhanced.

Physical Skills

  • Elementary movements pulling out a chair, carrying a tray
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Use of activities that promote concentration and coordination and independence

Motor Preparation

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Strengthen of the handwriting
  • Self-help skills (hanging up bags, using the things independently)

Personal, Social and Moral Development

Children learn to work, play, cooperate and function in a group.The necessity of making choice and using coordinated movements to accomplish a task leads the child toward self-regulation and independence.

Respect and care of environment

  • Indoor and outdoor
  • Recycling

Grace and courtesy

  • Courtesy, self-discipline, respect and responsibility
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Peace table

Independence

  • Health and safety
  • Nutrition and food preparation

Excersices for Practical life (EPL)

  • Pouring activities to build strength in thumb and fingers for writing, development of carefulness in movements and concentration
  • Washing (tables, floor, hands, windows, etc.) for development of concentration and control of movement, following sequence of directions, preparation for writing.
  • Polishing (silver, shoe, glass, etc.) Care of self and environment, muscular control, following set pattern to obtain desired results
  • Dressing frames for independent care of Person Knowledge and Understanding of the World (Basics of Science, Geography and History) Understanding their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world. Foundations for historical, geographical and scientific learning will be a part of their learning. Continent, US, and World maps Learn to recognize continents, countries, and states
  • Geography :Continent globe (color-coded) Introduction to earth as land and water Continent globe (color-coded) Introduction to vocabulary and concept of “continent” . Also Land & water 3-part cards to recognize and identify different land forms
  • Science: Living/non-living comparison, Parts of the animals 3-part cards , Parts of the person 3- part cards
  • Art and craft
  • Environmental studies
  • Islamic studies
  • Physical studies

Sensorial Work

The sensorial curriculum is the key to knowledge in the Montessori classroom. It’s builds on the foundation of the child and prepares the way for the child to progress into academic work through development of observation and problem skills. For sensory development the sensorial material are designed so that the students are able to

  • Identify the functions of the five senses, i.e. sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, and know more about their body;
  • Concentrate, observe and co-ordinate their sensory functions in enhancing their sensitivity to the environment; and
  • use their sensory ability to explore and appreciate the environment.

This is the beginning of conscious knowledge. Students learn to distinguish and differentiate physical properties through:

Auditory Learning

  • Sound

Visual Learning Using Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, Red rods, knobbed Cylindrical Blocks

  • Color
  • Size
  • Shape

Tactile Learning

  • Texture
  • Weight

Library

All the students visit the library on a twice a monthly basis. During their visits, they are guided properly to select books of their level and read them by their teache’s or a librarian’s help. Athey can take books for home to read books under parental supervision. Skills develop of students are as follows:

Skills

  • How to treat a book open, close and carry properly
  • Have the responsibility for return library books
  • Understand the role of the author and the illustrator
  • Grace and courtesy in the library
  • The role of the librarian
  • Knowing the location of picture books, beginner readers, animal and nature books, stories books, cartoon books and dictionaries

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

LFPCS students are exposed to the computer in their classrooms and begin to understand its function. They hear their teachers identify the most basic parts of the computer monitor, mouse, monitor, CPU and keyboard. The students may choose to use a simple program and print a page of their work. They are guided how to play games and communicate using computers.

Strategies

Activity based learning will be the predominant way of induction for the children to learn and gain the various objectives outlined above. The activities are to be designed in such a way that they are developmentally appropriate with methods like informal and Activity-based programs.

Health & Medical Checkups

General physicians and Doctors are to be invited periodically for a checkup and a physical and mental record should be maintained for each child.

Field Trip

We strive to explore the world outside the classroom through field trips. All trips are selected on the basis of combining fun activities with learning experiences.

We engage with each child, ignite their imagination, focus on their development and strive for them to feel included and worthwhile. We foster positive terminology. Play group, Junior and Senior are significant steps in your child's educational journey and our goal is to develop positive attitudes and inspire a further love of learning.

The teaching aims to nurture the all-round development of your child as well as assisting your child’s readiness for more formal schooling.

Expected Outcome

Children’s basic skills can be developed through learning activities and experiences in different learning areas. Development of reading readiness, writing readiness and pre-number concepts and promotion of knowledge and understanding skills, personal and social skills and values relevant to the age group will be the focus.

They help children acquire and construct knowledge and can be applied in problem-solving.

The years from 2 to 6 are very special in terms of physical and mental growth of children. It is an established fact that 80 percent of the brain develops by the time the child is four years and ready in transition.

  • From clumsy coordination to more refined skills;
  • From body talk to verbal communication;
  • From strong reliance on outer controls to developing inner controls;
  • From personal awareness to growing social concern;
  • From the here and now to a wider intellectual awareness and curiosity;
  • From acquiring isolated facts to conceptualizing and developing a deepening interest in symbols.