BRMCK’s Montessori Program is a carefully planned enrichment program to complement the BRMCK mainstream curriculum.
The program aims to help children lay a strong foundation for independent learning and to help them reach full potential in all areas of life.
The holistic curriculum covers five main Montessori subject areas which promote the development of physical coordination, cognitive preparation, emotional growth, as well as social skills in children. The five main areas are:
- Practical life exercises
- Sensorial activities
- Cultural Studies
- Language (English + Chinese)
Practical Life Exercises
Practical Life Exercises are the very essence of Montessori teaching activities that are performed in our daily lives. Children will find them very interesting and exciting.
The direct aims of practical life exercises are to help children do things for themselves so that they are able to imitate adults in a real way.
Children acquire control over their movements by constant repetitions which help to develop concentration, self-discipline, coordination and independence.
Sensorial Activities help the children to develop and refine their five senses to enable them to build a solid foundation for their intellectual activities. The materials are specially designed and are easily handled by the children.
The lessons are designed to enable the children to sort out and digest the large number of impressions they encounter and to assimilate additional ones thorough new experiences.
They also stimulate and refine the children’s power of observation preliminary to developing judgement and understanding.
Sensorial training is of great importance in learning the basics of arithmetic. Sensorial materials provide the children with experiences in more than one skill. Working with the materials, the children have a chance to deal with isolating the quantity of the materials and acquire an embodied sensibility of the ideal mathematical world.
Counting their fingers and toes is a good beginning. We can always make use of the environment to discuss numbers with them. The children will soon begin to count as they play, make one to one correspondence and move from the concrete to the abstract.
Eventually, children are able to progress to the arithmetic level.
Cultural Studies is not an academic discipline like others. It possesses neither a well-defined methodology nor a clearly demarcated field for investigation and includes the study of contemporary culture. It also covers biology (zoology and botany), geography, history and science.
The aims of Cultural Studies is to help children learn about the world they are living in and help them explore and find out what is contained in the earth. Cultural Studies offers children the opportunity to deepen their life experiences and to broaden their horizons.
There is a series of hands-on activities in this Montessori Language subject area. Children begin to learn phonics, letters and sounds, blending of sounds, and reading in phrases and sentences. These few activities help children to move forward and become keen in reading. As children progress in the program, they are introduced to decodable words with consonant digraphs, vowel diagraphs, and grammar. All these activities help children to eventually read and write independently.
BRMCK’s Montessori program is unique as it includes a customised series of hands-on activities in Montessori Language in Chinese. The Chinese curriculum aims to enrich young children’s language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. In this program, children also learn Chinese culture and traditional values through music and drama.
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