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The Classroom

The Montessori Classroom consists of practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography and cultural areas. Activities in each lay the foundation for learning throughout Montessori children's lives.

Practical Life Area

The skills developed in this area lay a foundation for work in the Montessori classroom. Introduced are socialization skills, the work cycle, and develop fine and gross motor skills. The lessons teach responsibility for oneself, others, and the environment. They encourage independence and promote the development of a sense of order. Some examples are: spooning, pouring, scrubbing, polishing, sewing, vegetable and fruit cutting, and grace and courtesy lessons.

Sensorial Area

Children sharpen their senses through comparative and contrasting activities such as matching, grading, and sequencing objects. These activities taken together lay the foundation for mathematical, musical and scientific studies. Pairing sounds or smells, matching or grading colors, grading by size, and learning names of geometric solids are among exercises children do this in this phase of development. 

Math Area

Children begin with the very concrete and move to the more abstract. Numbers are introduced to learn basic number concepts. Examples include sandpaper numerals for learning the symbols 1-10, the spindle box for mastering the concept of 0, the Seguin boards for matching quantity and symbol, and the golden beads for understanding the decimal system and performing mathematical operations.

Language Area

Language materials are phonetically based and help your child develop the skills needed for verbal communication as well as reading and writing. Games that provide opportunities for speaking, sandpaper letters for learning the sounds of the alphabet, the movable alphabet for constructing words and sentences, as well as a large children's library all give children the opportunity to develop language skills pre-1.

Additional Areas

The core areas are augmented with additional areas of the classroom: geography; science; nature studies; and materials for the understanding of culture. In these areas of the classroom children learn to understand and appreciate the world around them.

Art Area

Art is integral part of the preschool's program. Children are free to draw or paint anytime in the morning. Group art projects are carried out once a week. Children enjoy trips to some of Vienna's world class museums - the Albertina, Belvedere or Kunsthistorisches Museum - to view works of art and participate in workshops there.

Group music lessons are taught once a week by a trained musical teacher with many years of experience. Children are introduced to musical concepts such as notes, instruments, the orchestra, melody and rhythm. Songs from all over the world are taught. Two performances are given each year by our pupils, one before Christmas and one at graduation.

Hours

Operating hours are from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. Drop off is from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Children prepare the environment, choose independent work from the shelves, browse books, draw, paint, water plants, etc.

8-11:30 a.m. Children spend time working on individual activities at a table or on a mat on the floor. Individual and group presentations are given to the children throughout the morning. Children work at their own pace and guidance is given as necessary.

9:30-10:00 a.m. Snack is provided by the preschool.

11:30 a.m. Circle time, usually with a theme for the week, includes roll call, singing, dancing, story-time and calendar.

12-12:30 p.m. Lunch. Two children are assigned each week as lunch helpers. Children are either on the hot-lunch program for the year or may bring bag lunches from home.

12:45-1:45 p.m. Afternoon activities
Monday Playtime
Tuesday: Science
Wednesday: Science or Arts and Crafts
Thursday: Music
Friday: Theater, storytelling or other improvisation

2-3:00 p.m. Outings to the park, weather permitting.

3:00 p.m. Dismissal and pick-up from the preschool