Practical Life Exercises
The Exercises of Practical Life, which are the
foundation of a Montessori environment, provide a sane and wholesome
range of activities which allow your child to develop control and
coordination of movement, awareness of his/her environment, good work
habits, responsibility, concentration, attention, independence, order
and positive self image which can be attained by spontaneous and
Children learn through five senses.The primary purpose
of sensorial exercises is to further refine his/her senses of touch,
smell, sight and hearing. The materials used in the sensorial
exercises will be unlike anything else that your child has ever
encountered in the way of play things. Your child will be able to
perceive sizes, shape, colours, sounds, textures, odours etc. The
sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry,
Geography, Botany, Art and Music.
A multi-sensory approach that combines phonics, stories
and language experiences to bring meaning to the learning of reading
and writing. In our system, your child does not learn by heart, but
utilises all his/her senses to help him/her read and write with proper
understanding. Discovering becomes interesting, fun and creative
through activities in the Pink, Blue and Green Montessori language
series. Grammar will be taught to enhance the child’s attention to and
use of words in every day speaking.
An activity-based programme that allows your child to
have hands-on experience in learning mathematical concepts. Montessori
arithmetic is taught through the manipulation of concrete objects.
Your child will be taught addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, fractions, reading of clock, the decimal system, number
bonds, length, weight, calendar, capacity, graph, money and problem
To encourage children to express themselves,
interesting and fun activities such as drawing, painting, collage work
and handicraft will be planned for them. Through these guided
activities, our children are able to experience success and this, in
turn, will help boost your child’s self-esteem.
The Montessori cultural subjects cover:
- Nature study
It includes the study of living and non-living things. Children will
have the opportunity to explore and understand their environment.
- Botany and Zoology
Children are exposed to the study of plants and animals. They will
be taught to classify impressions into clear and simple categories.
To launch the child’s exploration of the world’s physical
environment, children are introduced to various continents,
countries, states, land and water forms and the solar system.
Through creative activities such as modeling, painting and collage,
children are taught to understand the distinction between past and
present and how past events have led to the present situation.
Types of Programmes
We offer the following Programs at MMI-PIK:
- Toddler Class (6 months
to 17 months)
Toddler Class which features a wall-to-wall soft play area room and
a two-hour program for both toddlers & their parents or caregiver.
The Toddler Class teacher is a fully-trained Montessori Directress
and Montessori materials are also used in class activities. Classes
are held everyday and students have the option of going to school
three times, four times or the full week.
- Playgroup (18mths to 2 1/2 years)
Children from 18 months to 2 1/2 years old will join our Playgroup.
As children of this age group emerge from babyhood, they require
both a stimulating and nourishing environment to develop their
mental skills. Practical Life activities and manipulative play help
to develop their motor skills, sense of order, independence,
concentration, responsibility of self and environment. As they learn
fastest through their senses, they will also be involved in
activities that stimulate their learning senses (eg, Sensorial
Activities). Early number concepts and language skills (e.g Phonics)
will be taught in a fun and engaging way.
- Nursery (2 1/2 years to 4 years)
As a continuation from early learning experience from the Playgroup,
children of this age group are able to work with more complex
exercises within the Practical Life and Sensorial Activities range.
Activities are mainly hands-on, fun and concrete at this stage and
this sets the basis for later/further development in abstract
concepts. Early mathematical concepts, word building skills and
early writing skills are taught in the Nursery stage. Foundation is
also laid at this stage for good work and social habits.
- Kindergarten 1 (4 to 5 years)
The Kindergarten group consists of children who are 4 -5 years. At
this stage children are ready to take on more complex exercises in a
more disciplined way. Mathematics, language, writing skills will be
further developed in fun and manipulative ways. They will also be
involved in early science and cultural activities (Botany, Zoology &
History), which introduces the child to the natural environment
- Kindergarten 2 (5 to 6 years)
This programme caters to children of 5-6 years in age. They will be
taught Mathematics, Chinese and English that will prepare them well
for formal primary schooling. At this stage, they will be able to
embark on elementary reading on their own. Educational quizzes and
games will be also be organised to challenge the children's brains
to encourage them to think deeper into a subject. At the end of the
year, a concert will be put up by the children for their graduation