Gulf Montessori Nurseries have a special child-centred approach which will feed
children’s developing skill and interests at the right times, and help them to
become confident, capable and in control of their world.
This area of our curriculum establishes a link between the home and nursery.
The various activities carried out by the children teach them how to care for
their environment and to contribute towards the cultural and social life of the
classroom. Everyday living activities aid the children's intellectual growth and
develop their co-ordination in movement, balance and grace. The activities of
everyday living offer the child the opportunity to perfect skills needed for
everyday life, for example, pouring drinks, tying laces and laying the table.
Many of these activities may also be done at home. As well as helping the child
develop his/her physical co-ordination and fine motor movement in preparation
for reading or writing, there is the added advantage that the child learns to
focus attention for the entirety of an activity thus developing concentration
The Montessori classroom emphasises and encourages spoken language as the
foundation for linguistic expression. The children hears, learn and use specific
vocabulary in all activities in their immediate environment. Writing is
introduced thereafter, by starting with the physical preparation of the
hand/muscles. The skills in writing and reading are developed through the use
of sandpaper letters, alphabet games, and various presentations allowing
children to link sounds and letter symbols, and to express individual thoughts,
thus developing clear and articulate expression. The mixed-age- group
environment - a unique characteristic of Montessori pedagogy - helps in better
adjusting and expressing one-self in a social setup. This also leads to higher
confidence levels and better teamwork. In the Montessori Nursery, we try to
instill a real love of books and reading for pleasure. Sharing a story with a child
at any time of the day is a parent's special gift. A powerful message can be
given about the value of reading, if one makes time to read their own book
alongside the children or child from time to time.
Education of the senses
Children’s first learning experiences are achieved through their senses. The
sensorial materials provide opportunities to use these senses. They develop
the children's levels of observation and discrimination. In the sensorial area of
the Montessori classroom, children develop and internalise concepts of
quantity, similarity, mass, colour, shape and sound. The didactic materials are
specially designed to strengthen the child’s ability to recognise patterns. This
provides a natural progression to language, mathematics and music.
The Montessori mathematics materials are aesthetically appealing, precise, and
simple. Through active hands-on manipulation, children explore numbers,
develop problem solving skills, and grasp complex mathematical concepts.
Within each Montessori prepared environment, the children are introduced to
pre-maths concepts such as sorting, matching and counting. Parents should
avoid passing on their own dislike of mathematics at school, because the
children will not have the same difficulties at a Montessori Nursery, as the
method is fun and interesting for the children.
Drawing is important for helping the children strengthen their "pencil grip" in
preparation for writing skills as well as for developing "free expression". Plenty
of accessible paper, crayons, paint and pencils should be provided and children
should be encouraged to draw freely, without any interference from the adult
as this could stifle their creativity. The children are also encouraged to share
their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music,
movement, dance, sports, and role play.
Knowledge and understanding of the world
This area of development offers opportunities for the children to explore a wide
range of topics through activities and materials based on real-life experiences.
They are able to make sense of their physical world and their community by
further exploration and investigation during our many educational trips and
visitors with special skills. Children’s natural curiosity about their world is fully
unleashed as they experiment with magnets, simple machines and properties
of matter and explore the seasons, plant and animal life and how things work.
Children are also introduced to the wide diversity of geography and national
customs that make up our world, as well as the history of the universe through
the use of puzzle maps and countless artifacts and models.
The Outdoor Environment
The doors of the garden are kept open for the majority of the morning,
allowing the children to move freely between the indoor and outdoor
environments. The outdoor environment invites the children to connect with
the world of nature and to practice their developing gross motor skills.
Concepts explored with classroom materials are applied to the wider outdoor
environment. Nature and its fascination for the young child are brought into
the classroom from outside. A range of exciting outdoor play equipment fosters