- Finnish Curriculum (National curriculum)
- Montessori Curriculum (School curriculum)
- Theme areas (Montessori themes /Preschool education)
We also incorporate into our learning program, the 5 learning areas in the New Finnish curriculum which includes :
- Rich language environment
- Many modes of Self expression
- Me and my community
- Exploring and experimenting with the local environment
- Growth and development
With the combination of the Montessori program and the Finnish curriculum, our Kindergarten is regarded as one of the competitive day cares with its unique way of educating children.
1. Practical life includes life skills to help develop independence, coordination, concentration, self-control, self-awareness, confidence and it as well includes:
- Care of Self (food preparation, dressing, washing),
- Care of Environment (cleaning, gardening, care of pets, environmentalism),
- Grace and Courtesy (greetings, manners, social interactions),
- Control of Movement (refining movements, walking the line, moving quietly).
2. Sensorial activities allows the child to refine each of their senses:
- Sight (visual),
- Touch (tactile),
- Smell (olfactory),
- Taste (gustatory)
- Sound (auditory)
- Stereognostic (kinaesthetic).
This includes the manipulation of specifically designed materials that isolates qualities. Refines fine motor skills, visual and auditory senses and develops coordination and the ability to order and classify. Materials include Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, Knobbed Cylinders, Colour Tablets.
3. Language is based on phonetic awareness. Children work through specific hands-on and tactile language materials such as the sandpaper letters to the moveable alphabet. Language is not an isolated topic but runs through the curriculum. The spoken language is the foundation for writing and then reading.
4. Mathematics is developed with the use of concrete learning materials. The sensorial area is the preparation for mathematics. Hands-on materials are used such as number rods, sandpaper numbers, number boards, spindle box, number tiles, beads, and games. Each exercise builds upon another and the child gradually moves to and from concrete to abstract areas such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.
5. Culture allows the child to explore the natural world around them and it includes:
- Geography (continents, landforms, earth layers, solar system),
- Zoology (classification, physiology of animals),
- Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants),
- History (time lines, using a calendar),
Art and music could be considered cultural activities, however, creativity is encouraged across all curriculum areas. The cultural area is clearly identifiable by globes, puzzle maps, flags and perhaps images or materials from other cultures.
The structure of our rooms have been divided according to the montessori learning areas and age groups. However, we do organise lots of activities which allows children to be part of all the Montessori allocated areas in the room and explore with all those learning areas.
The classroom set up has been themed according to the groups thus:
- Green group : Practical life
- Blue group : Sensorial
- Pink group : Language, Maths and culture
We have additional educational services for our preschoolers. We offer education and experimental sessions with the children on :
*Computers and programing
(Our montessori teacher who is responsible for the preschool group is a qualified montessori educator and has been working with our kindergarten for several years.)