Montessori in Lusaka, Zambia
- A conducive learning environment
- Low child to teacher ratio
- Focuses on key development stages
Pupils are taught to master the motor skills necessary to handle scissors, pencils, crayons, paint brushes, etc. Their knowledgeable teachers encourage them to plan, set up, actively create, and clean up each project. The pupils are free to construct their own creations. Care is taken to allow many avenues of expression using various media.
The young child’s introduction to geography begins with the multi-sensory approach. Pupil’s satisfy their curiosity about the people of the world through a variety of globes, maps, picture cards, photographs, toys, and books that centre on various cultures.
The language area is designed to help the children enrich and refine their ability to express themselves and understand the expression of others. The phonetic reading and writing program provides the phonetic foundation preparing the Montessori child to spell and read.
Principles are acquired through multi-sensory exercises to help pupils form a solid foundation for understanding basis Math concepts. Children will touch, manipulate, and count. These types of concrete experiences become the first steps in developing an understanding of abstract mathematics.
The early childhood years are a sensitive period for music to children, they develop the skills of listening and communication that are essential in the mastery of both music and language. The Montessori classroom’s approach to music combines singing, playing, listening, moving to rhythm, creating a steady progression towards musicality.
These activities form a bridge between the home and school environments and they are the foundation for all other areas in the Montessori classroom. The practical life area focuses on the child developing a sense of order and on increasing the child’s concentration span. These exercises foster growth in thinking and organizational skills, which promote the logical, sequential thinking necessary for language and mathematical studies.
At primary level science stimulates the child’s curiosity, encourages active observation, and builds scientific vocabulary. Materials evolve sequentially from inorganic to the organic. The younger child experiments and the older child is able to verbalize what happened and why.
The sensorial area provides training to expand the child’s sensory perceptions and knowledge of the world. Children learn on how to sort, differentiate and sequence colors, dimensions, weights, forms, textures, sounds, odors and tastes. Having mastered these skills children are ready to move on to language, math, geography, and science areas.