Our Curriculum

At Lil Ones our core curriculum are widely based on Montessori Principles and Approach with attention towards contemporary research and early child hood understanding

Our curriculum provides learning experiences that help the children become self motivated and independent learners. Children are able to learn about themselves and their world within an atmosphere of caring and positive support.

Dr. Montessori suggested that we “follow the child” and allow our children to show us how to facilitate the development of their human potential.

“An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori suggested that we “follow the child” and allow our children to show us how to facilitate the development of their human potential.

Practical life

One of the first goals is to develop in the

very young child a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. This area of the curriculum focuses on a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to assist the child in developing

  • A high level of concentration
  • A sense of order
  • Pride in a job well done
  • An increasing sense of independence by learning to care for himself and the environment
  • Respect for the environment, classmates, and teachers
  • fine motor skills

These activities aim to provide a solid humanistic foundation for life.

Sensorial

The ultimate goal of the Sensorial exercises is intellectual growth. This area concentrates on training the child's senses and contains materials that help the child refine his or her experience of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. It is with these materials that a child will learn to compare, contrast, and differentiate various sense impressions. It is the beginning of a child’s “conscious knowledge” of his environment. Doing these activities that use the fine motor skills assists the child in discovering that perseverance produces positive results. The improved dexterity strengthens concentration and assists in character building during the learning process and provides groundwork for development of other skills such as music, math and language.

Language

The purpose of this area is to give the child an awareness of the power of language and an appreciation of the beauty language can express. The ability to acquire language is innate. The Montessori materials are designed to give order and form to the experiences necessary for language acquisition, both in reading and writing. The language materials include objects and pictures to be named, matched, labeled, and classified to aid vocabulary development.

Mathematics

Math is a concrete experience in the Montessori classroom. The Math area allows the child to develop his thinking, reasoning, and problem solving powers. The direct aim of the Math materials is to help the child work toward more abstract thinking. The materials are designed with such precision that they allow the child to work with the concrete until he internalizes the process through tactile and visual contact and can work independently in his mind. The awareness of details gained in the Practical Life area and the decision-making skills learned in the Sensorial area help the child refine his use of the Math materials.

Culture Awareness & Science

At around three years old, children begin to ask “why?” Why is a worm wiggly, why does a flower grow, why do I have to be quiet? Ultimately culture awareness and science allows us to label, define and explain the processes and elements of life around us. It expands the young child’s vocabulary and enhances his vision of the world and all its life, and shows her that she can have an impact on her environment. It is an integral element of the Montessori curriculum. Among other things, it represents a way of life: a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving.

Art and Music

The Montessori curriculum seeks to arouse children’s natural interest in art and music. They offer children ways to express themselves, their feelings, experiences and aid the development of creativities and ideas.

Mandarin

Mandarin as a second language is also incorporated to give children
an early exposure to the language. This helps to cultivate interest and develop a strong foundation necessary to master the required standards before entering kindergarten.

Our Enrichment Programmes

Apart from the Montessori curriculum, Lil’ Ones also offers a range of enrichment programmes as we believe that children should be widely exposed to different fields and subjects. This exposure is likened to the laying of different railway tracks where one of it might just take off spectacularly.

“The period of infancy is undoubtedly the richest. It should be utilized by education in every possible and conceivable way. The waste of this period of life can never be compensated. Instead of ignoring the early years, it is our duty to cultivate them with the utmost care”
- Dr. Maria Montessori


Note: To facilitate the ease of reading, the pronouns he/she or his/her can be taken to mean any child regardless of gender.

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