VPK READING/LANGUAGE

 

Learning to read begins during the infant and toddler years when young children learn to understand the spoken or signed language; it does not occur spontaneously or naturally. Adults must show children various purposes for written material such as story books, letters, menus, shopping lists, etc.; identifying functional purposes with these materials increases a child’s motivation to learn to read. Research has shown that children learn to read more easily and earlier when they are read to often.
There are many learning-to-read activities throughout the Montessori VPK curriculum. These are grouped into categories called exposure to language, phonemic awareness, phonics development, phonological awareness, word identification, word study, comprehension, composition, and fluency.
Reading/Language lessons continue throughout the Montessori VPK student’s day in all curriculum areas and in all activities.  By the end of their VPK year, our students know the sounds of the alphabet, blends sounds into three (or more) letter words, reads three letter word books, and writes a sentence with the moveable alphabet. They are exposed to Montessori Language Materials such as: Sandpaper Letters, Language Cards, Sound Games, Moveable Alphabet, Metal Insets, Word Cards, Puzzle Words, etc.  Our VPK program has a 100% Kindergarten Reading Readiness Rate.
Object Game: This reading activity uses small objects with names containing long and short vowel sounds. The child matches the object with the name of the object

 

VPK MATH
Montessori Math materials graphically show what is taking place in a given mathematical process making it much easier for the Montessori VPK student to really understand and put their skills to use in everyday life. Our VPK students use hands-on, concrete educational materials that make abstract concepts clear; they can literally see and explore what is going on, offering a logical strategy for helping students understand and develop a sound foundation in Mathematics.
By the end of the school year, our VPK students have learned the foundation for working with the decimal system, adds and subtracts up to thousands, counts by 1’s to 100, and has learned the basics of multiplication and division. By using our Montessori Math materials such as: The Red and Blue Rods, Spindle Boxes, Numeral Cards, Cards and Counters, Golden Beads, Short Bead Stair, Teens and Tens Boards, The Hundred Board, Fraction Circles, The Stamp Game, etc., Rockledge Montessori VPK students are well-prepared to enter Kindergarten and beyond.
Cards and Counters: Individual number cards to arrange in order and individual discs to count demonstrate that the child recognizes the number 1-10, knows the order of the  numbers, understands one-to-one correspondence, and can relate the proper quantity to the numbers.
One Hundred Board: A square board with a 10×10 grid pattern holds tiles numbered 1-100 for linear counting practice and reinforcement of number recognition in the tens.
Stamp Game:  An abstract representation of the decimal system. Wooden squares, or “stamps”, of identical size represent the different decimal categories with colors and numbers. The children work at a table instead of a floor mat, using four digits problems written by the teacher.
VPK GEOGRAPHY
Montessori’s integrated thematic curriculum allows a broad scope of study in the areas of Geography, History and International culture. The children study the emergence of human beings during the old and new stone ages, the development of the first civilizations, and the universal needs common to all humanity. The Geography activities present facts and nomenclature of physical geography, i.e., the physical characteristics of the earth, and political geography, i.e., the countries and cultures of the world.
VPK students at Montessori Bilingual Academy of Rockledge love to work with the Puzzle maps which help them to learn the names of the continents and identify the many countries, states and provinces. VPK children can also identify land and water on a Globe and using the Land and Water Forms they learn to identify and name the largest lakes and islands etc., VPK children also enjoy working with the flags of the world and identifying the parts of a flag.
Puzzle Maps: A set of 8 maps which teaches the children to recognize and name each continent, the countries of each continent, and the states of the United States. Labels for each puzzle piece extend reading skills; map making activities extend writing skills. Outlined paper maps of each puzzle to color and label provide extended practice of the names and recognition of the continents and their respective countries.
Land and Water Forms: Individual three-dimensional models of the 8 major land and water formations on the earth introduce the study of physical geography. Water is poured in and around these molds to represent formations of a lake, bay, strait, gulf, island, cape, isthmus or a peninsula. The lesson includes names and definitions of the land and water formations.
VPK SENSORIAL
Children receive impressions through their senses from the moment of birth. They look, listen, touch, taste, pick up, manipulate and smell almost anything that comes into their grasp. Designed to isolate and categorize qualities of the environment perceived through the senses, the Sensorial activities focus on the development of sensory perception. Our VPK program offers a multi-sensory approach to learning, encouraging the children to use the optimum combination of senses for learning.
Our Sensorial curriculum is designed to help children focus their attention more carefully on the physical world, exploring with each of their senses the subtle variations in the properties of objects. We use Montessori Materials such as: The Pink Tower, Red Rods, Geometric Cabinet, Color Tablets and Knobless Cylinders, to name a few.
The Pink Tower: Ten graduated wooden cubes, usually painted pink, stack in sequence to form the Pink Tower; students identify incremental decrease in size in three dimensions.
The Geometric Cabinet: Wooden cabinet containing six shallow drawers of geometric figures cut out of wooden squares. Matching exercises that introduce the concept of equivalencies also provide various memory-reinforcing games. Exploring which inset can fit into a different shapes’ frame further develops aptitude for Geometry.

VPK Schedule:

11:15 to 11:30      Arrival An important transition period from home to school environment – Teachers greet students, students reacquaint with friends, play and prepare for the day’s activities.
11:30 to 2:00  Montessori Work Cycle PRACTICAL LIFE * SENSORIAL * MATH * LANGUAGE * SCIENCE * GEOGRAPHY
Students choose exercises in the various areas of the Montessori classroom – they learn a sense of order in working with the materials, in placing their work on mats and in returning their work to its proper place on the shelves. Teachers assist the child in guiding and directing their activities and offering assistance when necessary but allowing the child to make as many independent choices as possible.
2:00 to 2:30    Playtime Physical Exercise and Development of Social Skills through Peer Interaction – Large muscle group exercises in climbing, jumping, crawling, running, etc., Children practice taking turns, sharing & helping each other
2:30    Dismissal