Practical life exercises allow a child to develop in his or her environment. These exercises consist of tasks performed daily by adults at home such as pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, transferring, lacing etc. Several exercises in this area serve as direct and indirect preparations for math and language. In order for a child to be successful in other areas, practical life has to been given a lot of importance. Grace and courtesy exercises are also introduced where children learn mannerism and how and when to use polite words.
Exploration of Sensorial materials work to refine and develop children’s senses. Children learn to order and classify impressions by using their senses and exploring the physical properties of their environment. The materials in this area have a control of error where the child is able to reason and draw distinctions. The child is able to self correct even when it’s not apparent to the senses. Activities in this area also correlate to math and language.
Three aspects are covered in the language area: Spoken language, written and reading. Language is prevalent throughout the environment but introduced formally as spoken language through conversations, stories and poetry. Sandpaper letters are one of many activities in the language area we find beneficial. Through means of tracing, children learn to identify sounds in words and connect the sounds to symbols by means of visual, auditory and muscular memory. Sandpaper letters prepare children for writing and reading. Other activities such as moveable alphabets and phonetic object boxes also prepare the child for reading and writing.
Children gain an understanding of basic mathematical principles by using the various math materials. Children are introduced to numbers 1-10, geometric shapes, the decimal system and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
Geography and Biology
The first activity children are introduced to in this area is the sandpaper globe, where the terms land and water are introduced followed with a coloured globe introducing the terms continent and ocean. Children work with puzzle maps of the Continents, Canada and individual continents. Country flags are also presented. Biology is introduced through botany where children learn the names of leaves, plants and flowers. Human biology is also introduced where children learn about parts of the body.
Music and Art
Music classes are included in tuition fees. Classes are provided once a week for both morning and afternoon classes. Children get an opportunity to use their imagination and work with a variety of instruments including guitars and xylophones. Art projects are introduced monthly.
Children go on Nature walks and also play at the playground. Improvisations are made during extreme weather conditions.