The TMS Educational Program For Children's House
Ages 3 To 6 Years
Children Love To Learn!
The Children's House program establishes an excellent foundation for students to become confident, thoughtful and independent as they continue their journey towards becoming capable, lifelong learners.
Current educational research and over 100 years of Montessori instruction demonstrates that 3 to 6 year old children possess an extraordinary capacity to absorb information from their surroundings and an innate desire to learn.
Children's House Academics
Each Children's House classroom is equipped with a full complement of pristine Montessori educational materials that attract students' attention and engage their natural desire to learn. Our Montessori materials provide the students with the opportunity for hands-on learning with concrete representations of concepts which are essential for the development of a strong foundation of understanding. Each student learns in a calm and orderly environment that is prepared to meet the cognitive, physical, social and emotional needs of children from 3 to 6 years of age.
In keeping with our commitment to ensure the development of the whole person, we support each child's leaning in all areas. The young child is attracted to materials for inspired learning in five areas of the curriculum:
- Practical Life is the underlying foundation for success in all areas of the curriculum. Each task allows the child to gain independence and to develop a sense of order, concentration, responsibility and coordination of movement. Children gain enormous freedom and confidence to work successfully both independently and cooperatively. Exercises in this area encompass care of self, care of the environment - indoors and outdoors, and grace and courtesy.
- Sensorial: The education of the senses through the sensorial materials allows the child to discriminate and order the impressions that have entered through each of his/her senses. Scientifically designed materials isolate impressions for each sense and facilitate the development of the intellect through hands-on exploration. Through these materials the student is able to identify, refine and classify information, create order and increase understanding and awareness of the environment. Children learn to identify and internalize concepts such as size, shape, colour, taste and sound through the materials in our classrooms.
- Language exercises assist in the effective development of oral language skills, listening skills, writing and reading are provided to the Children's House students. Children discover that exploration is limitless with the acquisition of reading and writing. Children begin this journey expanding their vocabulary, learning the phonetic sounds of the letters of the alphabet, reading phonetically, acquiring a repertoire of phonograms and sight words and eventually expanding their reading abilities to enable them to read text and create wonderful stories. Our goal is to have students who are able to decode words and comprehend the meaning of text.
- Montessori Mathematic Materials enable the students to enjoy their mathematical journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and invention. The students develop a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts and operations. Using the math materials, children use their mathematical minds to count quantities, identify numerals, sequence numbers, and experience addition, multiplication, subtraction and division at a concrete level.
- Cultural activities provide students an opportunity to use the senses to discover ideas and concepts in geography, history, botany, zoology and the sciences. Children manipulate maps of the various continents of the world, learn to tell time on an analogue clock, and learn the proper terminology for the external parts of various plant and animal species.
In addition to these five areas of the curriculum, TMS Children's House students also receive French language instruction on a daily basis with French specialists. The acquisition of French vocabulary is a pleasurable experience for the students and this is observed through their spontaneous singing of French songs and using new vocabulary to describe objects in the world. After three years in the Children's House, the students are well prepared to use their knowledge of the French language in reading and writing during the Elementary years.