Children of this age have a great interest in the structure of language and need to express themselves through creative writing. Independent and group reading, comprehension exercises, creative composition and research writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting are daily activities. In addition to English, Hindi and Kannada are also taught in the Montessori way.
The desire to learn more about numbers and numerical realtionships motivates the child to develop computation skills as well as an understanding of money, time, measurement, geometry and algebra. Further study of the combinations and special laws of the decimal system leads to exploration of other base systems. Students then progress to more abstract problem solving.
Beginning with simple identification of landforms, bodies of water, continents, countries and capitals, students progress to map reading and discussion of geopolitical concepts.
Research projects, timelines and discussions bring to life prehistoric eras, the evolution of early people and achievements of different cultures. The goal is an understanding of the relationships between history and contemporary society.
school & community service
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the importance of responsibility for oneself, one's neighbours and the environment. Head Start is committed to the importance of self-respect and acknowledging our responsibilities to one another. Children take part in the upkeep of the environment, sweeping, dusting and learning how to take care of plants and animals. Periodic Field Trips are organized, connected to project/class work. A variety of enrichment classes (e.g. cooking, special talks by resource persons/guest speakers) are conducted.
Starting with the classifications of plant and animal life, children move on to the more complex concepts of structure, function and interrelationships of living organisms. Studies of plants and animals and physical sciences are integrated with the study of the solar system and the earth’s place within it. Simple experiments demonstrate electricity, magnetism, gravity, light and other principles of physics and chemistry.
Drawing and painting are an essential part of Montessori classroom work for all children. Often words and writing go hand-in-hand with drawing. Music and dramatics are also a vital part of the programme.
Physical Education begins in the primary years. Motor co-ordination, body awareness and control, physical fitness and team participation are stressed.