Our Classes and Curricula

"Children can learn almost anything if they are dancing, tasting, touching, hearing, seeing and feeling information:” (Maria Montessori)

The Early Childhood Education in M.I.S. aims to cultivate the child's own natural desire to learn and absorb, while also having constant exposure to English language and its rythems during this sensitive period in which their speech is naturally being fixed. All this takes place in an evironment emphasising cooperation and sharing and the development of key social skills. The importance of enjoyment and multi-sensory and whole-bodied learning are other key factors informing our approach. Hence the use of music, dance, rhyme and mime as learning experiences.

In order to lay the foundation for successful development of numeracy skills, children are introduced to Mathematics through the use of special materials and toys, learning and matching the physical qualities of abstract sysmbols and generally working from the concrete to the abstract. Such toys and materials also allow the child to understand their environment through the stimulated development their senses. Each material has its own unique qualities, such as colour, weight, size, shape, texture, sound, smell. These materials are also didactic and allow the child to see their mistakes and correct them, which improves perseverance and a positive self-image and attitude towards mistakes.

In the area of practical life skills, children carry out familiar home activities, such as sweeping, polishing, dusting, pouring and preparation of food. These activities are designed to help the child achieve independence and confidence through meaningful activities with real life objects. They help develop coordination, concentration, independence, hand dexterity, care of one’s self and environment, patience, grace and courtesy.

In the area of science, the child learns about the real world around them. The science materials present certain aspects of this world in such a way that the child becomes a young scientist, able to observe, experiment, demonstrate and record what he has learned. They learn to classify, label and differentiate. This area teaches the children to discover things their own way by doing hands-on activities that involve investigation and observation. Nomenclature cards are also provided for easy identification of the different parts of the body, animals and plants.

Computer sessions help to both develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination and compliment the lessons a child is learning in other centers. It adds to the variety and fun of their learning experience. The software used is interactive and educational and can be 'played' through at the child's own pace.

Being in a class of mixed ages is also advantageous to both younger and older children as the younger children learn by observing the older children and the older children reinforce what they have already mastered when helping the younger children.