Curriculum

Curriculum

"The objects surrounding the children should look solid and attractive to them, and the 'casa dei bambini' [children's house] should be lovely and pleasant in all its particulars. It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of their surroundings and the activity of the children; they will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one."

—Maria Montessori

The “TappyToes” nursery will be following a Montessori curriculum based on the Montessori Method and also taking inspiration from certain essential principles of early Years Foundation Stage (“EYFS”) Program. However the curriculum will be entirely a Montessori curriculum.

The curriculum “TappyToes” will be following has been designed keeping in mind how each child can learn best. It is built around the most recent evidence from child psychology, brain-based research and most importantly based on the actual guidelines laid by Maria Montessori herself.

The curriculum is aimed to take care of children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs. The curriculum is built around the key fields of learning as stated in the original work of Maria Montessori, Practical life skills, Sensory skills, language skills, math and cognitive skills. Physical, social and cultural skills and value formation and character educations.

Practical Life
The practical life curriculum aims at the development of task organization and cognitive order through self care, exercises of grace and courtesy, care of the environment and through the physical skills, coordination of physical movements and cognitive skills to achieve a task enables the child to prepare for development in subsequent activities in other fields of learning such as socialization, mathematics and language.

Sensorial area
Along with practical life curriculum activities aimed at increasing the sensitivity and perception of the world through their senses enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, colour, pitch, etc and understand the world around it.

Mathematics
Where our activities will be designed to introduce the concept of numbers, shapes, sizes , patterns, and space through exploration & practice enabling the child to develop its logical thought that arises based on the ability to organize and categorize, without just teaching math facts the activities will be aimed at making the child understand the core ideas through manipulation experimentation and invention, it is also designed to prepare the child for abstract study for the next subsequent levels of learning.

Language Arts
To aid the children to prepare themselves for language study by introducing them to the practical life and sensorial area with materials to refine their sensorial and motor skills which are vital for writing and reading in later stages of learning and efficient communication.

Library
As a part of the curriculum libraries will be given as much importance as possible to make books a part of a child’s life, to make it understand and learn about the world through books. Essential skills like treating a book, knowing the contents of a book, perceiving and understanding the illustrations and connecting them with the story read to them, having a responsibility for books and understanding courtesy and manners to be followed in a library will be taught in this curriculum through an extensive variety of books of diverse topics. Cultural Activities will be designed to expose the child to basics in history, geography, local flora and fauna. Traditional Music & art of the emirates, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.

ACTIVITIES

LIST OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES

PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES

GRACE, COURTESY, ETIQUETTE
Greeting Someone "Please" and "Thank you" Addressing elders & Use of Language Shaking hands

INDEPENDENCE

Care of person Dressing frame Large button frame Combing hair Washing hands Health and safety Healthy food Sensorial Colored Tablets Match colors Sound board Naming Objects with Colors Rough and Smooth Boards Touch, Observation, and Experimentation Stirring Powder into a Liquid Dressing frames Cubes arrangement Discs arrangement Mirror and reflection Name body parts and using the Body

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Pouring a drink: to develop fine motor skills Hang a cloth Using a clip: fine motor skills One foot hopping Jumping with two feet Balancing like a statue Jump in and out of a Hoola hoop Touch and Feel (Rough and smooth surface/ wood sandpaper) Lift the weight (Lift two weights and compare, block and feather etc) Dance to a music LEGO blocks Play an instrument (to play small musical instruments and learn the sounds) Ring a bell (Ring a bell and student to say where the sound is from) Taste and Say (to taste /smell a item and find it in the bottles) Scribble pad (Buddha board) Role play with toys provided

LANGUAGE
Identify the letters (Flashcards) Identify the letters (Sandpaper) Rhymes : verbal and listening exercises Identify the rhyme: identify the rhyme played on a music player Act a Rhyme: role play , each kid takes a role of a character in the rhyme and acts accordingly Identify and name the action (Flashcards) Writing with moveable alphabets Montessori reading (Board Books): Using Books to Build Language Skills Talk back activities Naming Objects New Words & Objects Movable Alphabet Box Project Stirring Powder into a Liquid Library Fairy tales Dr. Seuss Roald Dhal Board books Animals Transport Body parts

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT ARTS
Rhymes Dance Classical music session

FIELD TRIPS

Park Zoos Museum Dinosaur day Farm day Restaurant visit Shopping mall Beach day Picnic

ELEMENTARY MOVEMENTS

Pulling out a chair, carrying a tray Silence game Walking the line Squeezing a sponge Sweeping the floor Pouring grains and water Buttoning/Unbuttoning shirts (Kit) Rolling a rug, Using tools such as hammers and screwdrivers Opening and closing bottle lids Opening and closing latches Using a strainer, beater, whisk Scrubbing a shell, rock, doll Nuts & Bolts Washing Cups Sweeping Useful Supplies Indoor and outdoor games Spooning Dusting Sweeping Napkin Folding Mixing Colors Making Bubbles Folding Laundry Hanging Clothes Using A Screwdriver Locks And Keys Screws And Bolts

MATHS

Counting activities (1-10) Number songs Counting fingers Counting animals Counting children Counting objects in the room Egg Carton Counting Shapes and Sizes Sandpaper numerals Numeral sandbox tracing Concept of Time Periods of the day (morning, afternoon, evening) Seasons Numerals and Counters Matching and Sorting Folding – Using Practical Life Skills Practical Life: Holiday Activities Abacus

PLAY TIME

Play time will be designed based on the following six principles Pick up new ideas Solve problems Figure out how things work Build muscle control & strength Learn to cooperate with others Use their imagination

Do you take children out? Any extra activities?

Yes, we take them out on field trips to parks, beach, zoo, museum. We also show them live pets. We make them do activities like planting seeds, role playing, mending things as part of the curriculum.

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