LITTLE LEARNERS
MONTESSORI SCHOOL

73 Center Circle
Sulphur, LA 70663
(337) 625-9357


Hours: M-F
7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Curriculum

Montessori is not a method of teaching, but a philosophy of life. It is faith in each child as a potential new beginning for humanity. We see the child as creator of the man he will become. Each child has an inner force for his own development that can be observed in his spontaneous activities. We respect his natural interests that make learning one of his basic needs. We appreciate his relentless explorations through all his senses and movements that make his environment his natural school.

It is our purpose to observe the child’s natural interests and activities and provide for him an environment in which he can develop and learn.

Within the structured order of the Montessori class, the child is free to choose his own projects through the hours of each day. Dr. Montessori believed that self-motivation is the only valid impulse to learning. As each child follows his own inner direction, he works out for himself a personal pattern of learning which fits his needs and abilities. This results in a joy of learning and satisfaction in work.

In the Montessori classroom, it is the child who is active rather than the teacher. He is active in his own self-development rather than being trained by an adult. The children are directed toward independence in social adjustments. They are encouraged to work out their own social problems and come to their own moral conclusions. Responsibility to one another is emphasized and adult authority is only a background for free development. Understanding and personal feelings are the vital forces we encourage the children to develop for self-discipline.

The preschool and kindergarten child works in the five major areas to learn about his or her world: Practical Life & Art, Cultural, Sensorial, Math and Language.

Practical Life & Art:

For young children, there is something special about tasks which an adult considers ordinary - washing dishes, paring vegetables, polishing shoes, etc. These activities are exciting to children because they allow them to imitate adults. Imitation is one of the strongest urges during children’s early years.

In this area of the classroom, children perfect their coordination and become absorbed in activity. They gradually lengthen their span of concentration. They also learn to pay attention to details as they follow a regular sequence of actions. Finally, the child learns good working habits as they finish each task and put away all the materials before beginning another activity.

Art in the primary environment strives to maintain the great joy the child finds in creating something of his or her own. The children have the freedom to explore their imaginations in a variety of mediums used for expression. The importance of the process is stressed at this time, not the end product.

Cultural:

The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. This helps to raise their consciousness about other people, to gain an understanding and tolerance and, therefore, compassion for all the people in the world.

Sensorial:

The Sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom help children to distinguish, to categorize and to relate new information to what they already know. Dr. Montessori believed that this process is the beginning of conscious knowledge. It is brought about by the child working in a concentrated way on the impressions given by the senses.

Math:

Dr. Montessori demonstrated that if children have access to mathematical equipment in their early years, they can easily and joyfully assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic. On the other hand, theses same facts and skills may require long hours of drudgery and drill if they are introduced to the child later in the abstract (pencil and paper) form. Dr. Montessori designed concrete materials to represent all types of quantities, after she observed that children who became interested in counting like to touch or move the items as they enumerate them. By combining this equipment, separating it, sharing it, counting it, comparing it, they can demonstrate to themselves the basic operations of math - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Language:

In a Montessori classroom, children learn the phonetic sounds of the letters before they can learn the alphabetical names in a sequence. The phonetic sounds are given first because these are the sounds they hear in words that they need to be able to read. The children first become aware of these phonetic sounds when the teacher introduces the consonants with the Sandpaper Letters.

The individual presentation of language materials in a Montessori classroom allows the teacher to take advantage of each child’s greatest periods of interest. Reading instruction begins on the day when the children want to know what a word says or when they show interest in using the Sandpaper Letters. Writing - or the construction of words with the Moveable Alphabet letters - nearly always precedes reading in a Montessori environment.

Gradually the children learn the irregular or sight words, and words with two and three syllables, by doing many reading exercises that offer variety rather than monotonous repetition. Also available in the Montessori classroom are many attractive books using a large number of phonetic words. Proceeding at their own pace, children are encouraged to read about things that interest them. Their skills in phonetics gives them the means of attacking almost any new word, so that they are not limited to a specific number of words which they have been trained to recognize by sight.

The children’s interest in reading is never stifled by monotony. Rather, it is cultivated as their most important key to future learning. They are encouraged to explore books for answers to their questions, whether they are about frogs, rockets, stars or fire engines.

In a Montessori class, the children are introduced to grammar by games that show them that nouns are the names of things, adjectives describe nouns and verbs are action words. The activity becomes most enjoyable.

Extracurricular Classes:

Little Learners Montessori School offers Music classes once a week on Thursdays. There are additional costs for these classes.

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