- The real-life activities of the Practical Life area lay the critical foundation for a lifetime of learning. Whether cleaning a mirror, separating compost from trash or spooning beads into a bowl, children learn to care for themselves and their environment in the Practical Life area. Working with the various practical life materials, children gain control over their movements, develop focus and concentration and feel a sense of pride in their growing competence and independence.
- With the materials of the Sensorial area, children sharpen all of their senses to observe, broaden and refine the information coming to them from the environment. They develop their powers of discrimination and their intellects, learning concepts and vocabulary for comparing, contrasting, ordering and classifying.
- The Language and Math areas contain rich, multi-sensory materials and a multiplicity of activities and explorations for developing reading, writing and math literacies. While many materials are designed to build literacy and math skills, our focus is always on developing thinking and insuring understanding.
- In the Science and Social Studies areas, teachers place intriguing materials for exploring our human and natural worlds. Units of study rotate throughout the child’s three years in the preprimary, exposing children to cultures and environments, geography and experimentation.
- The Art area offers materials for creative exploration and expression, as well as opportunities for developing skills that facilitate the production of art.
Montessori classrooms empower our youngest children to develop themselves as individuals while learning to be kind and thoughtful members of a community.
Ancona’s diverse and inclusive classrooms are places of profound respect for each child; learning from the rich variety of backgrounds, abilities and beliefs prepares students for life in our increasingly global world.