Curriculum

Sugar Mill MontessoriOur school offers Montessori private school programs in Sugar Land for infants to kindergartners.  We have a growing library for both our students and parents to enjoy. We provide books for all ages and parent resources for checkout. Our four different outdoor environments provide daily opportunities for play and social interaction. Our beautiful garden area is comprised of a butterfly garden, herb garden, vegetables and flower garden. Our students with the help from parents maintain and care for the garden, which offers varied experiences to study, explore, and get in touch with nature. In order to ensure a well-rounded program, all our primary classrooms are equipped with computers; we also offer classes in music, Spanish, physical education and extracurricular activities.

Language

  • To assist the child’s adaptation to culture
  • To encourage self-expression and independence
  • To give opportunities for participation in work with small groups
  • To develop the appreciation of spoken language
  • To assist the student in putting his/ her thoughts into words
  • To reach the ultimate goal of reading, writing, and comprehension

The Montessori language curriculum is a well-rounded program. It enables children to effortlessly master the complex task of reading and writing, by encouraging the natural desire to read, write and communicate. An environment rich in vocabulary exposes them to familiar and unfamiliar terminology. Matching, sorting, categorizing, and patterning exercises develop visual discrimination and spatial skills.

Math

  • To inculcate logic, order, and exactitude
  • To introduce the child to abstract mathematical concepts
  • To develop association of quantity and symbol (name and number recognition)
  • To develop the concept of sequence of number – cardinal and ordinal
  • To concretely experience the formation of complex numbers (1-9000)
  • Through multi-sensory approach, experience the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Application of mathematical concepts in daily life
  • To introduce concepts of geometry, measurement, and logic

The Montessori math materials are aesthetically appealing, precise, and simple. Through active hands-on manipulation, complex mathematical concepts, exploration of numbers, and problem solving skills are developed. The practical life and sensorial areas lay the foundation for mathematical concepts by providing numerous opportunities to experience association and 1:1 correspondence.  Not only does a child learn name and number recognition, but can actually build and count the numbers with the materials. Students explore the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students also learn geometry, fractions, measurement, and graphing skills. Analyzing data and complex problem solving strategies are an integral part of this innovative math curriculum.

Cultural Studies

  • To bring about an appreciation of nature and the environment
  • To develop trust and confidence in living creatures
  • To develop the concept of the different branches of science – life sciences, physical sciences, and earth sciences
  • To show that all living and non-living beings in the universe are
interdependent and interrelated to each other
  • To expand our horizons and bring about cultural literacy
  • To inculcate an awareness of the world around us

With the help of the geography materials, distant lands, diverse cultures, and people become a reality. Sensorial explorations of directionality, body awareness, weather, and calendar lay the foundation for geography. Young children are innate explorers, possessing a natural curiosity for the known and the unknown. The study of nature includes the concept of living and non-living and an introduction to the plant and animal kingdom. Science experiments, research, and field trips assist students in pursuing their own interest in the cultural subjects.

Sensorial

  • To refine sensory perceptions
  • To aid the child in classifying sensorial qualities
  • To continue the process of self-control through refined movements
  • To work toward abstract thinking and reasoning
  • To work toward an extended memory
  • To build an extended vocabulary
  • To be a fundamental preparation for all further work in the prepared environment, such as:
    • Extending work cycle
    • Encouraging work in small groups
    • Preparing indirectly for mathematics, language, and writing

Activities in this area sharpen the five senses and help the child become a trained observer. The sensorial materials develop visual and tactile discrimination of different dimensions, color, shape, and form. The most important aspect of this area is the indirect preparation for more advanced skills and concepts in language, math, and science.

Practical Life

  • Assists a child’s development intellectually, physically, and socially
  • Assists the child’s adaptation to his/ her culture
  • Encourages eye-hand co-ordination, graceful movement of the body (gross motor), and refines fine motor skills (pincer grasp)
  • Assists the integration of body and mind
  • Allows a child to experience and develop the concept of a work cycle
  • Encourages harmony between mind and body
  • Leads toward independent functioning through the care of self and environment
  • Is a necessary basis for all creative art, higher learning, effective human relationships, and productive actions
  • Encourages and develops independence, organization, orderliness, and coordination
  • Enhances responsibility and problem solving skills
  • Practical Life is a fundamental preparation for all further work in math, language, science, and geography in the following ways:
    • Following a sequence of activity
    • Developing and gradually expanding concentration and attention span
    • Practicing self-control, self-discipline, and self-confidence

The exercises of Practical Life hold the key to the success of the Montessori program. These simple exercises with attractive and brightly colored objects invite the child to explore and play with them. While actively interacting with the materials, a child refines his/ her fine motor skills, concentration and coordination increases, and a sense of order and independence develops. This area is also a bridge between home and school; it is a preparation for life. Exercises in pouring, hand washing, polishing, table setting etc. develops skills in self-care and care of the environment.