Our Curriculum

ASPEN CURRICULUM

The use of prepared environments and the role of the teacher in the classroom distinguish Montessori from other educational approaches.  The design of the classroom (prepared environment) enables children to perform various tasks that foster the formation of social, emotional, and intellectual relationships. The prepared environment also offers practical occasions for introducing social relationships through free interaction.  Every aspect of the curriculum involves creative invention and careful, thoughtful analysis.  In viewing learning outcomes at each Montessori level, it must be emphasized that why and how students arrive at the learning process is just as important as what they know.   

In the Montessori classroom, five distinct areas constitute the prepared environment:

Practical Life enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of  self, care of environment, exercises of grace and courtesy and coordination of physical movement.  

The sensorial area enables the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.                                                                                      

Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.                                                  

Language includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics and children’s literature.                                                                                                     

Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history and life sciences.  Music, art and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.