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HPMS Curriculum

The Curriculum at HPMS is a Montessori approach to education. Harbour Pointe Montessori School is often a child’s first experience with a formal educational setting. It is essential that this experience be positive, nurturing and allow for the child’s sense of wonder to emerge. Everything in the school is designed with the children’s specific development in mind. The materials are all inter-related to allow variations and progressions for each child’s abilities and developmental needs thus being a “developmentally appropriate” curriculum. Our focus is one of following the child. Through carefully prepared activities and classrooms the children are able to explore and discover.

Our curriculum is constantly evolving as the needs of the children grow and change. The materials are divided into six main areas. Each area has materials that are displayed sequentially. As the children choose and master one piece of material they are free to move on to the next. Our Montessori approach to learning supports the development of independence, coordination, self-discipline and increased concentration while developing the whole child; academically, socially, emotionally,
physically and culturally.

Practical Life exercises instill care for self, for others, and for the environment. Activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their home, such as preparing food and washing dishes, along with the exercises of grace and courtesy. Through these tasks, the children develop refined motor coordination, increased attention span and personal independence.

Sensorial materials serve as tools to stimulate and refine the senses. Children learn to order and classify impressions by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening and exploring their physical environment. Patterning, grading and sequencing exercises serve as direct preparation for Math
and Language.

Language is vital to human interaction. Each child is exposed to many varied activities in preparation for reading. The activities include verbal self-expression, classifying and sequencing, phonetic, sounds and blends, word building and vocabulary, stories, poetry, listening games and writing.

Mathematic materials help the children learn the concepts of math by manipulating concrete Montessori materials. Once the concrete introduction is internalized the child moves into abstract reasoning and problem solving.

Science, Life Science; Botany and Zoology; Physical Science, Experiments, and Earth Sciences. All are presented as extensions of the sensorial and language activities. Our lessons and experiences with nature such as gardening, animal care, forest and wetlands exploration inspire reverence for all life.

Geography & Cultural Activities are not only limited to the study of the Earth’s physical Geography and the cultures of its’ diverse peoples but also to the arts, music and foods. Children learn about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family. As we discuss the customs and holidays of many cultures we are also teaching Peace Education, teaching care for the earth and also care for the earth’s diverse people.