Encouraging Independent learning through Environmental Engagement
Shamaar leads the Montessori way of life for the children of tomorrow in Dubai
Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator developed this curriculum based on the philosophy that children are naturally curious, capable of self-directed learning, and have an innate desire to explore and engage with their environment. The Montessori curriculum focuses on fostering independence, holistic development, and a love for lifelong learning.
The classroom is carefully designed to be a prepared environment that promotes independence and active learning. It features child-sized furniture, Montessori materials, and organized learning areas that allow children to freely choose activities based on their interests.
Montessori classrooms typically have mixed-age groups, such as 3-6 years or 6-9 years, which encourages collaboration, peer learning, and the development of social skills. Younger children learn from older ones, and older children reinforce their knowledge by teaching younger peers.
The curriculum utilizes a wide range of hands-on learning materials that are specifically designed to promote sensorial exploration, refine fine motor skills, develop mathematical understanding, and enhance language and literacy skills. These materials are self-correcting, allowing children to learn independently and at their own pace.
Practical Life Skills
Practical life activities such as pouring, dressing, cleaning, and food preparation are an essential part of the curriculum. These activities help develop fine and gross motor skills, concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of responsibility.
Sensorial materials in the Montessori curriculum focus on refining the senses and building cognitive abilities. Through activities with materials such as color tablets, geometric solids, and sound cylinders, children develop skills in discrimination, sequencing, categorization, and problem-solving.
Language and Literacy
Montessori emphasizes language development through a phonetic approach, where children learn letter sounds before moving on to blending and reading words. Reading is complemented by a rich language environment, including storytelling, poetry, and conversation. Writing skills are nurtured through activities such as sandpaper letters and moveable alphabets. As a Montessori based in Dubai, we ensure that are students are well versed in languages like Arabic and French.
Montessori mathematics materials and activities introduce concepts using concrete manipulatives, progressing to abstract understanding. Children learn numeration, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and geometry through hands-on exploration.
Cultural and Enrichment Subjects
The Montessori curriculum includes cultural subjects like geography, history, biology, and science. Children explore different cultures, learn about the natural world, and develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of various subjects. As residents of Dubai, we live in a culturally diverse country and as guides to children at Shamaar we offer them access to this diverse thought process in our curriculum.
Freedom and Guidance
Montessori educators act as guides, observing and supporting each child’s individual progress. They provide lessons and encourage children to explore their interests while maintaining order, respect, and a sense of community within the classroom.
Emphasis on Peace and Character Education
The Montessori curriculum places a strong emphasis on promoting peace, empathy, and character development. Children are taught conflict resolution, grace and courtesy, and respect for themselves, others, and the environment. UAE has been a true example of Peace in the new world. As a Dubai based montessori, it our duty to extend the same teaching to our students as well.