The Santa Monica Montessori School’s early childhood program emphasizes learning through all five senses not just through listening, watching, and reading. This is an environment where they learn at their own individual pace and with their own choice of activities from numerous possibilities.
This is a unique private school environment where learning is an exciting possibility of discovery leading to better concentration, motivation, self discipline, and most importantly a love of learning.
Children are encouraged to join in conversations, listen to stories, classify objects, and learn songs and poems. Children at three, four and five have a natural fascination for words both printed and spoken. This innate ability enables us to begin presenting the sounds of the alphabet at the pre-school level. Subliminal reading instruction begins on the day a child enters a Montessori classroom. The Montessori system bombards the intellect by using the senses to enter the brain through several avenues; touch (feel the sandpaper letters); sound (hear the teacher pronounce the letter); and sight (seeing the sandpaper cut-out letter). Muscular memory is employed when the child traces the letter with his fingers. The fact that the child traces the shape with his finger is an important step in learning to write. The repetition of the exercise fixes the path of each letter in the child’s memory.