【特色课程】A Montessori Approach Towards English 蒙台梭利英语教学法
The Montessori method is an educational approach developed by an Italian physician names Maria Montessori. The approach focuses on independence, hands-on learning, and a thoughtfully prepared environment that also for the child to grow in all main development areas like fine motor, gross motor, physical, emotional, etc.
There are seven main points of the Montessori Method that are key to program. They are:蒙台梭利方法的七个关键要点。他们是：
1.Play is Work玩就是工作
Play is serious. Play is how children express themselves.
2.A Prepared Environment有准备的环境
The environment should be open to allowing the children to move freely and act independently.
Adults in their life should observe the children’s behavior and adjust to their interests accordingly within the environment.
4.Freedom Within Limits有限制的自由
Students are able to choose and express themselves within the realms of the being respectful to others, the environment, and the rules.
Each individual is different and therefore we respect the needs of each child.
Children learn best from experience.
The environment should encourage children to take responsibility for himself, the environment, and learning.
After school, from 16:15-17:00 our students can participate in Elective Classes. An elective class is a class that allows students to explore specialized areas of need or interest not extensively covered in Core Classes. It also supplements and reinforces Core Classes in specific skill areas that students want or need to strengthen. And finally, it introduces an element of student choice, empowerment, and personalization into the overall academic program.
During the second semester, an English Montessori Elective Class was offered to the students in Grades 1 and 2. The goal of this Elective Class was to strengthen the students’ basic English understanding which would in turn, further their current learning habits.
The students in the English Montessori Elective Classes explored basic English concepts to further their understanding and comprehension of the English language. Students were able to explore these concepts through play and hands on experiences, as well as materials, and games that sparked their creativity and interest.
One such activity was counting. The students practiced counting by 1’s to 100. Then practiced counting by 10’s. They then went outside and practiced writing with chalk on the cement squares outside. Some students, like Raymon, counted and wrote by 10’s all the way to 2,000 and Albert counted and wrote by 1’s all the way to 250.
Another activity was practicing basic alphabet and phonemic sounds. We played an out of order alphabet phonemic game and then students got busy making and rolling out their alphabet letters with clay.
Students also practiced writing lowercase and uppercase alphabet letters that matched the magnetic letters give to them. Students put the out of order letters in alphabetical order. Then, the students used a white board marker to write the letters below the magnetic letters.
The students in the English Elective experienced different hands-on activities that supplemented and reinforced what they have learned in their English Classes in Grade One and Grade two through fun and play!