Our Classrooms

Practical Life Area

The skills developed in this area lay a foundation for work in the Montessori classroom. We introduce 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. Metal Insets are also available for tracing to improve the pencil grip.

Math Area

Children begin with the very concrete and move to the more abstract. Numbers are introduced to learn basic number concepts; place value is learned through manipulation of the golden beads. 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 month. Twice a year children enjoy a trip to one 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 musical staff 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.