Children's House Montessori School of Rancho Carrillo
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The Montessori Method is structured around, and promotes, a child's natural, self-initiated impulse to become absorbed in an environment and to learn from it. Based on her observations, Dr. Montessori developed specific materials, techniques and curriculum areas that assist each child in reaching his or her full potential. These areas are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Cultural. You will find brief descriptions and photos of each classroom area below.

Practical Life Area
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Practical Life Area and Materials

The Practical Life area has activities that are drawn from daily chores around the house of adult life. Children at this age like to imitate adults around them. What we call “chores” are fun and exciting activities for them. Practical Life activities help children grow in independence in the following ways:

  1. Taking care of themselves
  2. Looking after their environment
  3. Grace and courtesy
  4. Perfecting control and refinement of movement

Practical Life develops a child’s confidence, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and concentration.

Sensorial Area
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Sensorial Area and Materials

The Sensorial area helps children collect random sensorial impressions from the environment that they have received in their early life and then put them in order carefully. This helps them to contrast, compare and discriminate the things they see, hear, feel, smell and taste. These activities lay the foundation for a Mathematical mind as well as develop descriptive language.

Language Area
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Language Area and Materials

The Language area is where children learn reading through phonics, and writing through working with different activities, which helps to develop their fine motor skills. The children are taken through a sequence of fun activities to master phonics. They start spelling out words before they start reading.



Math Area
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Mathematics Area and Materials

The Math area focuses on the thorough understanding of quantity and number symbols. The decimal system and the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are understood in a concrete manner through use of the math materials.

Cultural Area
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Cultural Area and Materials

The Cultural area has materials that help children become aware of their surroundings as well as appreciate the gift of nature around us through fun activities and hands on materials.




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Children's House Montessori School of Rancho Carrillo