(30 months to 6 years)
At Cherubs Cove we believe that each child is created with a unique set of talents and personality traits. It is our goal to find the individuality of each child and help them reach their greatest potential. Our ultimate goal is to build a solid academic foundation through Montessori and play and to instill in each child a love for learning. The right education in preschool is essential to building strong students at age 7, 8 and beyond.
Although it may seem life fun and games to preschoolers, the curriculum we follow is packed with educational elements. Montessori resources like Sandpaper Letters teach pre-reading skills like phonemic awareness and letter and sound recognition, basic Math concepts are learnt through Sandpaper Numbers, and Spindle Boxes, and hands on Science exploration and Culture. The Practical Life area is one of the four general areas in the prepared environment. Activities here build on the child’s natural interest and help develop good work habits, concentration, eye-hand coordination, a lengthened attention span and control of the body. Practical life exercises include pouring, sorting, care of self (hand washing, dressing oneself), care of the environment (table setting, sweeping) and grace and courtesy lessons (saying excuse me, please, thank you). Practical life activities build children’s concentration, coordination, order and independence. Sensorial curriculum promotes the development and refinement of the five senses. Children learn through their senses, e.g. touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing and hands-on manipulation, “nothing comes to the intellect that is not first in the senses.” (Montessori, Secret of Childhood, P.100). Sensorial learning activities are sorting objects, matching colors, matching same taste or same smells. A popular Sensorial activity is the Pink Tower where pink cubes are built from the largest at the bottom to the smallest cube at the top.
There are seven learning styles that we focus on: visual (spatial): using pictures, images, and spatial understanding, aural (auditory-musical): using sound and music, verbal (linguistic): using words, both in speech and writing, physical (kinesthetic): using your body, hands and sense of touch, logical (mathematical): using logic, reasoning and systems, social (interpersonal): learning in groups or with other people, solitary (intrapersonal): prefer to work alone and use self-study.
One of the most important aspects of early childhood education is a child’s social-emotional development. Preschool is the optimal age for a child to be taught social skills. We place a strong emphasis on confidence, cooperation, curiosity and communication. A structured play environment, allows a child to think, problem-solve and use their imagination-all key elements of life and work. Activities include dramatic play, block building and literature/music experiences. Our number one goal is to provide learning that is not only fun, but meaningful.
Physical fitness is imperative for educational success. Outdoor play time, complete with balls and other outdoor equipment is allotted in the children’s daily schedule in order for them to benefit from the fresh air and exercise that outdoor play provides.