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Grace Montessori Combo Classes Program
Early Childhood Classroom - Three to six years old

The Montessori classroom is a "living room" for children. Children choose their activities from open shelves with self correcting materials and work in distinct work areas, on tables or on rugs on the floor. Over a period of time, the children develop into a "normalized community", working with high concentration and few interruptions. The classroom includes the following components:

Practical Life:
The practical life exercises enhance the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of environment, exercises of grace and courtesy and refinement of physical movement and coordination. 

Sensorial:
The sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify, seriate and describe sensory impressions in relation, length, width, temperature, mass, color, etc.. 

Math:
The Montessori math materials, through concrete manipulative materials, allows the child to internalize the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.

Language:
The language work includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of  grammar, creative dramatics and children's literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters (loose alphabet letters) and various presentations allowing children to effortlessly links sounds and symbols and to express their thoughts in writing.

The child is also presented with geography, history, life sciences, music, art and movement education.

Virtually every environment will also have an elliptical line on the floor. This generally used for "walking on the line" activities that help children develop gracefulness and fro the "silence game" where children can practice sitting without making a sound. The line is also frequently used for a large group meeting area, where the class meets as a whole. Often a class will have one or two large group meetings each day. One will usually serve as an opening meeting and precede a more individualized work period and another will serve as a closing or transitional group time preceding the next activity (i.e., time out doors, lunch, dismissal, etc.). The group meetings may be used for large group presentations of materials, 
movement, music activities, group celebrations, snacks, games and discussions.

Children enrolling in the Combo A, Combo B and Kindergarten classes must be fully toilet trained as we do not have
        the proper  facilities for changing diapers in those classrooms




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