The first plane (ages 3–6) involves basic personality formation and learning through physical senses. The second plane of development (6–12) involves learning through abstract reasoning, developing through a sensitivity for imagination and social interaction with others.  Five-year-old will be reading and perform mathematical computation, and 12-year-olds write "significantly more creative" essays using more sophisticated sentence structures.

 

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Practical Life

​Buttoning, zipping, bow tying, and lacing pouring, scooping and sorting activities, as well as washing a table and food preparation to develop hand-eye coordination polite manners, such as folding hands, sitting in a chair, walking in line.

Sensorial

To experience the natural order of the physical environment pink tower (series of ten sequential cubes, varying in volume); knobbed cylinders (wooden blocks with 10 depressions to fit variable sized cylinders); broad stairs (ten wooden blocks, sequentially varying in two dimensions); color tablets (colored objects for matching pairs or grading shapes of color.

Language

The central purpose of Language education is to provide a basis for children to be able to communicate and to prepare them for social-intellectual functions of language, which is without the excessive effort on his/her part. Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook that “Early childhood is, in fact, the age in which
language is formed, and in which the sounds of a foreign language can be perfectly learned.”

Mathematics

The central purpose of mathematical education is to provide building block of knowledge that allows children to organize and categorize information.to experience the natural order of the physical environment. The curriculum offers activities in several areas including developing pre-math concepts, from zero to ten, place value, and fundamental operations, which include addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. The Montessori math materials have several aspects that allow the child to gain the best understanding of the subject. The materials are three dimensional, real, and have multi- sensory objects instead of flat two-dimensional pictures.

Cultural Subjects

The central purpose of mathematical education is to provide building block of knowledge that allows children to organize and categorize information.to experience the natural order of the physical environment. The curriculum offers activities in several areas including developing pre-math concepts, from zero to ten, place value, and fundamental operations, which include addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. The Montessori math materials have several aspects that allow the child to gain the best understanding of the subject. The materials are three dimensional, real, and have multi- sensory objects instead of flat two-dimensional pictures.

 

THE AMI MONTESSORI 6-12 CLASSROOM GUIDE

Language Arts

We all appreciate how fundamental language is to communication. For children, the ability to speak opens doors; the ability to read opens minds. Our Language Arts program builds on the foundation laid in preschool, which sets the stage for the children to master tasks such as: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Dictionary Skills, Poetry, Novel Studies, Penmanship & Handwriting, Parts of Speech and the Junior Great Books. Each skill builds on another and forms a solid base, which leads to ease of integration with other subjects. Writing a research project on whales or explaining how a math equation is worked out is easily achieved as a result. In addition the children learn to value reading for pleasure as is evidenced by how much they enjoy the Junior Great Books.

Matter and Astronomy

Supernovas, stars, asteroids, meteors, satellites and galaxies! Students discover the wonder and power of a tiny atom, and all its potential. This comprehensive curriculum provides plenty of activities to explore the mysteries of the universe, to discover many answers to why and how things exist and behave, and to seek further answers to questions that inevitably arise.

MONTESSORI CURRICULUM

Guide Academy uses the Montessori Educational System based on AMI, IAPM or AMS Montessori method for Pre-school to 6th Grade.  This method: 

  • Focuses on personal development rather than exams

  • Produces more mature, creative and socially adept children

  • Displays a greater sense of "justice and fairness", and less likely to engage in "rough play" during break times.

  • Has ranges of physical objects that are organized to stimulate their natural instincts and interests

  • Promotes individual liberty of children to choose their own activities to follow their inner guidance for self-directed learning

  • Involves indirect teaching to control the environment, not the child, contrasts sharply with the ordinary teacher's role of implementing a pre-determined curriculum

  • Allows the teacher resolving misbehavior by refocusing the child to some positive activity, rather than rewards and punishments

  • Contains five basic categories for 3-6 year olds is practical life, sensorial, math, language, and culture

Botany

Plants are one of the key components that sustain animal life on earth. In our Botany manual we teach the plant anatomy, plant physiology, plant geography, plant industries and horticulture. Colorful illustrations augment each lesson.

Zoology

Animals have inhabited the Earth for millions of years, growing from simple one-celled organisms to the diverse variety we see today. Our Zoology manual encompasses an overview of the animal kingdom and classification suitable for the Elementary classroom. We also explore animal needs and how they are met.

Math 1 & 2

Being able to apply mathematics skills in other areas, such as language arts and music is most beneficial. The four operations are taught in detail building on skills learned in preschool. A fair portion of the curriculum is devoted to Geometry and related lessons including use of the Geometry Cabinet, Constructive Triangles, sticks and nomenclatures and multiplication and division. Rounding it off is the introduction to fractions and factors & multiples.

Introduction to Health Sciences, Art

Build imaginative, artistic projects into their curriculum and to inspire children to explore their own creativity as a means of expression. Our world needs to continue to encourage creative problem-solvers and craftspeople who strive for a harmonious balance between progress and beauty. Dive in, have fun with the children, and see the spark of imagination and artistry ignite!

Advanced Practical Life

Children entering the Elementary level of their Montessori education have already had fairly unlimited access to basic Practical Life activities. As these children mature, the teacher plays a more active role in selecting certain tasks, which may suit a particular child or situation. The children do not have as much "free" unstructured time in which to select any activity they choose but rather are guided to hone the skills needed for success in later subjects and life in general. The activities taught in the Advanced Practical Life portion of the curriculum are simpler versions of many of those that the adults in their lives engage in. The module encompasses topics such as cooking, gardening, sewing, and basic etiquette that will help a child develop a high level of concentration and improve fine motor skills while evoking a sense of respect for others and the environment.

History

Review the origin of the universe, explore the concept of time and visit in capsule form how the ancient civilizations evolved. Intertwined with this is a study of the common needs of people and how they apply to each time period. The history classes will engage students into the Islamic history specially focusing on the life of the Holly infallibles, and Quarnic tales to emphasize the learning lessons and not repeating the mistakes of the past.

Science Experiments

Use of activities and experimentation to enhance learning, encouraging students to concentrate, observe, analyze, conclude and come up with logical problem solving issues. This will be applied to all age children to emphasize concept of critical thinking and problem solving through the school settings.

The MYP (Middle Years Program) 7th through 10th grades

  • Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being

  • Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity, and take responsible action for the future

  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups

  • Requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others

  • Empowers students to participate in service with the community

  • Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning

A. Digital Age Literacy - Today's Basics

Basic, Scientific, and Technological Literacies

Visual (graphics) and Information Literacy (Advances such as digital cameras, graphics packages, streaming video, and common imagery)

Cultural Literacy and Global Awareness (knowing, understanding and appreciating other cultures)

B. Inventive Thinking - Intellectual Capital

Adaptability/Managing Complexity and Self-Direction Curiosity,

Creativity and Risk-taking

 

Higher Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning

C. Interactive Communication—Social and Personal Skills

Teaming and Collaboration

 

Personal and Social Responsibility (Emerging technologies of today often present ethical and values dilemmas. As the technical complexity increases, our society needs to advance ethics and values to guide the application of science and technology in society—to manage the use of these powerful tools at the personal, community, and governmental levels. It will be important for students to grasp this responsibility and contribute as informed citizens at all levels)

D. Quality, State-of-the-Art Results

How well students do on current tests in no way correlates to how productive they will be in the workforce.

 

High productivity, on the other hand, though currently not a high stakes focus of schools, often determines whether a person succeeds or fails in the workforce.

 

High Quality Results with Real-World Application (Researchers are finding learning benefits for students who build authentic products with tools—whether they be sand castles, computer programs, documents, graphs, LEGO construction ,etc)

JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

International Baccalaureate (Candidacy in September 2020)

The School’s educational system understands and embraces the following 21st century skills within the context of rigorous academic standards: from (http://www.metiri.com/21st%20Century%20Skills/PDFtwentyfirst%20century%20skills.pdf)

 

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