PRACTICAL LIFE: In the Toddler and Primary classrooms, the exercises are appealing to children because they use real materials that children find at home and see adults using. Real life activities,like sweeping, pouring, food preparation, zipping and buckling and scrubbing to name a few, lead children to greater fine-motor coordination, concentration and independence. They learn lessons in care of the self, care of the environment and care of others.
SENSORIAL: In the Toddler and Primary classrooms, the sensorial exercises help the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions, thereby clarifying the varied impressions received by the senses. The work of the child helps to lay a foundation for later work in mathematics and language.
MATH: Using manipulative materials, the Primary child first gains a concrete knowledge of numbers 1-10, understanding concepts of symbol, number and sequence. Moving into the teens, decimal and mathematical operations, the child expands his experience and enjoyment of mathematics. In the Elementary classroom the child moves from the concrete use of materials into the abstract understanding of mathematics.
LANGUAGE: The language curriculum includes oral language development, writing, reading, grammar and literature. Using a phonetic, multi-sensory approach children learn to differentiate the sounds of words and identify their corresponding letters. Children come to write their own stories and learn to read simple books progressing to more complex chapter books. Various lessons bring them in touch with the function of words and grammar, leading to a greater appreciation of their language.
CULTURE: Cultural materials include geography, science, the arts, music and the cultures of the world. Children are excited by these studies as they bring their world to life, learning about the interconnectedness of the human experience.