Practical Life is the foundation for any kind of academics as it provides a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.
Initially in the Montessori school experience, Practical Life forms the core of the child's play, especially for the youngest children. This area is designed to aid the child's development in caring for people and the environment, controlling his/her movements, and forming social relations.
Language is learned by absorption. It consists of verbal skills, visual perception, and small muscle coordination.
Language training provides the children with the understanding that separate sounds can be blended together to form words. In addition, children are taught to read by incorporating such movements as tracing of sandpaper letters or forming words with a movable alphabet.
Geography and Science
Bring the world into the children's house. Maps, flags, models, songs, foods, photographs, cards… a variety of appealing materials answer the many questions the older preschoolers has about the world. What are the names of the continents, the countries, the oceans, the animals, plants, rocks and minerals? The Montessori experience leads the child to knowledge and appreciation of the world and its human family, with all their rich variety.
The Book Corner
Developing a love of reading is just as important in a child's growth as developing the skill of reading. Our classrooms are equipped with a variety of children's books designed to appeal to their innate curiosity and interests. The children can look at picture books, read stories, and learn about such their favorite things. Thus, the love of reading is cultivated, and will grow into their most important key to future learning.
The Sensorial materials help the children refine their senses and power of observation. The development of a child's physical senses enhances his/her readiness for greater intellectual work. The materials are designed to develop and train the delicate senses of touch, smell, taste, sound and visual perception.
Montessori Math: Introducing Math Early!
The Montessori Mathematics curriculum is an amazing system that is highly successful and incredibly built. This curriculum consists of incredible hands-on learning materials, detailed lessons, one-on-one instruction, life application and deep levels of understanding process, not memorizing products.
Montessori introduces Math to very young children for many reasons. One of the most basic reasons is because these young children are in a sensitive period for order - and the study of math helps to satisfy the needs and interests that go along with this developmental stage. Children are exposed to materials with which they can explore mathematical principles as early as 2 ½ or 3 years of age, and the curriculum follows them as they develop skills and understanding.
Music with Miss Tasha
Tasha Smith Godinez is a performer, composer and music teacher based in San Diego, California. Ms. Smith Godinez holds both a BM and MM in music performance from San Diego State University as well as a performance diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot in Paris, France.
An experienced music teacher of over 20 years, Tasha is the director of the San Diego Harp Academy where she instructs students ages 4 + in harp, violin and piano. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at both the University of San Diego and Palomar College.
As a performer and recording artist Tasha has reached international acclaim for her modern and creative approach to harp playing. Her most recent projects include two recordings released in 2022: Metamorphoses (Centaur Records) and Out of the Garden (Ennanga Records).
When not making music, Tasha enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons.