Work Areas

There are five work areas in the Montessori Environment:


  1. Practical Life
    These materials provide the link between home and school. They develop co-ordination, concentration and independence. These materials provide activities such as Polishing, Washing, Pouring, Dressing and Social skills.


  1. Sensorial
    Sensorial materials are designed to help children become more perceptive, to understand concepts and focus on the details of the world around them, sensorial activities involve grading, pairing, matching shapes, touch, taste, colour and sound.


  1. Language
    The language materials increase vocabulary, explore the sounds and syntax of the English language and help the children to read and write. The teaching of language begins with stories, speaking and drama games, through to working with the Sandpaper Letters, building words using the Large Movable Alphabets and then onto reading.


  1. Mathematics
    All mathematical concepts are taught first in the concrete. Hands-on materials create an enjoyable introduction to the basic concepts; learn about fractions, through to completing mathematical problems, such as addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, with an understanding of the decimal system. From this firm base children have no difficulty moving into abstraction.


  1. Culture
    This area of the environment provides children with an introduction to History, Geography, Natural Science, Art, Music and Drama. The concrete materials include globes, puzzle maps for Geography, and simple Science experiments.