When a young child walks into a Primary classroom, we find they are naturally drawn to the Practical Life area. Besides developing the practical life skill, the materials also develop executive function skills necessary for math, reading, and language. The ability to follow logical and sequential steps, focus and concentrate on a given task, and have a sense of pride when completing the task are skills that translate well into academics. Practical life materials also help the child gain control of their movements, strengthen their coordination, and allow the child to develop a sense of independence.
Montessori education is known for its multi-sensory approach, which engages children in learning through various senses. At MSSA, children are encouraged to touch, feel, see, hear, and sometimes even taste to understand concepts. Students explore and manipulate objects through hands-on materials and activities, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of math, language, and science.
One trait of Montessori is the aspect of individual and small group lessons. It is extremely rare to walk into an MSSA elementary or Primary classroom and see a teacher standing in front of the whiteboard giving a whole group lesson. Instead, teachers sit with small groups or individuals for short demonstrations of the materials.