1 Shippi Close - DTD 168
East cantonments - Accra
Ghana - West Africa
Tel: +233-302772827/0577386539

Curriculum

Academic Subjects Specials Specials
English Language Drama
French Language Music & Movement
Mathematics Arts & Crafts
Activities for Everyday Living Environmental Studies
Sensorial Exploration Yoga
Science, Geography & History French (Themed Circles)
Cultural
Sports (gross-motor skills development)

Our school is well aware of grade school skill requirements and prepares your child for them. In the Montessori curriculum the child has a three-hour work period in which he/she may choose times of concentration and rest. The Little Explorers Montessori Plus system offers a more structured schedule with set outdoor and indoor time.

Individual programmes are set for each child using his/her current interest. Activities, which are carried out under the gentle guidance of the teacher allow constant challenge and progress.

How does the organization of the classroom by subject matter facilitate the child’s learning?

Our classrooms are organized under the following headings:

Practical Life

Usually, the child is introduced first to this section. This is because it involves simple and precise movement, which the child has observed being done in his own home and therefore is keen to perform. All exercises appeal to the child’s intense urge to be independent. Dr Montessori proved that children are actually driven to be well-groomed, well-mannered and capable of maintaining a neat, clean environment. She found that when guided in an appropriate way to do this, the child’s feelings of self-worth and inner contentment flourish.

A. Fine Motor Skills B. Care of Self C. Care of Environment D. Grace and Courtesy
Threading Washing hands Setting and clearing table Courteous greeting
Transferring Dressing oneself Sweeping Interrupting
Pincer grip Pouring juice Watering plants Table manners

Little ones prefer to eat in company. At snack time, each table has its own monitor who is responsible to ensure that all participants benefit from this time. It is a fine period to demonstrate and practise dining etiquette and courtesy.

The Sensorial Materials (Exploration)

This area educates by refining the senses: those of taste, smell, touch, hearing, sight, and the one that Montessori defined as the stereognostic sense (muscle memory). This, however, is not so that the senses may function better (although it develops a very keen sense of observation), but to assist your child to train his mind to input the huge amount of new information he receives every day in an orderly manner.

EXAMPLES: Grading blocks in order to make an ascending or descending tower.
Placing colored tiles in shades of the same color in order of color intensity. Pairing shapes, textures, scents, sounds, weights, sensations or colors.

The Cultural Materials

This part of our classroom reflects most the motto of our school; here, your child is surrounded by evidence of an infinite and inspiring world of diversity. This section is divided into three categories: Geography, History, and Science.

 

 

 

Geography:

Here, your child is exposed to different countries, their customs, foods, clothes and habitats. He/she will learn to view him/herself as a citizen of the world. We begin by examining a Land and Water globe, the surface representing land is rough sand, and the water is smooth and blue.

We explore the differences between them. It is only when this concept is absorbed that we are introduced to another globe, where each continent is in a different color. This color is a code that leads to a basket full of pictures and artifacts from the corresponding continent.

Soon we begin to trace and label our own world map. It is in this same systematic way that each topic is covered: be it the solar system, volcano or land forms.

History:

Little ones find it very easy to understand a new concept when it begins with something that they already recognize. The exploration of the passing of time begins with a child’s own life, talking about his/her birth, accomplishments and daily life, and making time lines with beautiful pictures of growing older. Later this method is used to study the story of our world and its ever-changing physical and cultural attributes.

 

Science:

This portion of the curriculum involves the exploration of the diversity of the living world as well as the physical one. A stream of experiments discussed in a group is set up. Throughout the day an experiment that allows plenty of independent exploration and discovery. Dr. Montessori constantly emphasized the importance of learning through immediate interaction with the environment. She insisted that Early Learners NEEDED to MOVE and TOUCH in order to truly learn ANYTHING. Here, they certainly get to wonder, discuss hypotheses, set up experiments, and make observations and conclusions like real mini scientists.

 

The Mathematics Materials:

When adults are first shown the Montessori math curriculum, the reaction is always the same − they always wish it had been their base for understanding Mathematics. The equipment leads your child (with the gentle guidance of the teacher) through foundation of fundamental mathematical concepts; from the known to the unknown; from the concrete to the abstract and the Simple to the Complex: from counting 1 to10 to divisions with the decimal system in a step-by-step, fun way.

 

The Literacy Materials:

Your child will spend portions of his/her day communicating both in French and in English. Both languages vibrate throughout the environment in song, active conversation, and daily group fun.In the Montessori Environment, there is constant one to one interaction between child and teacher. Here in the Montessori Plus Environment this highly effective method is simply applied in a second language. Each classroom contains members of staff who speak either French or English throughout the day and will encourage your child to do the same.

 

The school uses the Montessori Plus EAL (English as an additional language) programme to support little ones whose mother tongue is not English.

Parents are required to select either The Montessori Plus English or French Literacy programme.

Dr. Montessori introduced the concept that Early Learners have a kinesthetic memory, i.e. memories that brand themselves deep inside the mind, implanted through muscular movement. Therefore, for example, your child will absorb the shapes of letters in his mind by tracing sand-paper cut-outs. Later he will build words by placing wooden cut-outs in the correct order. In the School, this method is further enhanced through Language Games, songs, dialogues and discussions. Then, he/she will read and write to celebrate this enormous achievement. Early Grammar principles are practised in the most delightful way.

A comprehensive Book corner in every classroom holds books that are age-appropriate and realistic. These cater to a wide range of day-to-day topics as well as the topic of the week in both languages.

Art & Creativity:

In the Montessori Plus Environment our children are taught to celebrate and respect their unique potential in all aspects of school life. In addition, they are actively encouraged to nurture their own creativity by making use of the wide variety of art and craft materials on offer throughout the day.

Various techniques are demonstrated to the children to allow them to express themselves creatively. This area is in its entirety a child-led area.

 

Yoga:

The principle of Hatha yoga (yoga in physical movement) emphasizes the practice for muscle control and co-ordination. Not only has it been found to be beneficial to our bodies, but effective in the stimulation of concentration, co-ordination, and self-esteem.

Our children are guided through several sets of poses; their movements carefully monitored using a Montessori Plus programme that focuses strictly on physical movement.

There are no religious aspects to this programme!

Environmental Studies:

The school has a large, varied selection of plant life, this lends itself to our understanding of life in all its states and its needs.The children explore their power and responsibility to preserve the beauty of their world through various mediums and their role in their environmental future.

Outdoor activities:

In addition to the age–appropriate outdoor equipment, Little Explorers offers a Physical Development programme, where our little ones are constantly challenging the abilities of their bodies. Group games and races focus on individual abilities and goals only. These activities are also aimed to develop the children’s lateralization, coordination, concentration and focus.

 

 

 

 

Drama & Interactive Story-telling:

The joy and excitement created by an imaginative story, movie or play needs to be cultivated early. Here we use varied media to create stories that can be seen clearly in the mind's eye: Interactive Narrative, Felt-Board, Puppet-theater and Acts all stretch and enhance our children's ability to think abstractly. This is also a wonderful boost for self-esteem and confidence, both indispensible to the children's emotional and social development. This innovative programme has been designed to re-instate skills often lost in environments today.