Programs at Benmont Montessori
Exercises of Practical Life: Application of Daily Life Activities
Exercises of Practical Life are the first activities presented to the child when he comes to the Children’s House. Children want to do what they see the adults around them doing and so we give them an opportunity to work with the items of everyday life. The materials provided to the children are proportionate to their size allowing them to work independently. The Practical Life Activities such as washing hands, flower arrangement, pouring water into a glass, buttoning, polishing etc. help the child build his concentration, refine his motor skills, create a sense of order and inculcate dignity of labour. Attention parents!!! Don’t be surprised if you walk in to see your little one busy scrubbing the table or sweeping the garden. Through these Exercises of Practical Life, the child gains independence in caring for himself as well as his environment and this in turn, develops his confidence. He begins to feel like a part of his society. It also strengthens his sense of coordination and increases his attention span. The Exercises of Practical Life indirectly prepare the child for writing and his mind for mathematics and logical thinking. The Grace and Courtesy activities such as greeting, offering and receiving things, showing gratitude, excusing oneself and respecting others personal space, develop the child’s social skills and the child learns to live as a member of his society.
Sensorial: Exploring the World using one's senses
“Our five senses connect the inner life of humans with the physical outside world" - Dr.Maria Montessori “The child since birth is a Sensorial Explorer” – i.e. The child utilizes all his senses to explore and discover the world around him. Therefore in a Montessori Environment, sensorial materials play a key role in the child’s development. As the name suggests “The Sensorial” Area consists of scientifically designed materials that stimulate and refine the child's senses. The aesthetically designed materials attract the child to work with them repeatedly till he perfects his skills. Its unique characteristics and precision help the child take in sensorial impressions of the world . Besides the five regular senses that we are aware of, the Montessori way of learning also includes thermic, baric, stereognostic and kinesthetic senses. In simple words “Since we cannot bring the entire world into a classroom, we give the child sensorial materials for him to explore the world, refine his senses & get the opportunity to discriminate, distinguish, categorize objects according to their properties” this not only gives him an insight into the elements that make the world but it also helps build inner peace, order and a power to discriminate between wrong and right.
Language: Expressing oneself through oral & written communication
Since birth, children are extremely sensitive to sounds & language used around them. To groom and refine the children’s language skills we surround them with beautiful, enriching & precise terminology. Realistic Stories, poems, I Spy Games etc. enable the child to acquire rich vocabulary. With activities such as Show & Tell we encourage the child to express himself which helps develop the child's confidence & conversational skills. Language starts with introducing the child to phonetics, followed by association of sounds & letters, which then leads to writing & eventually reading. Our way of giving language to the child makes writing and reading a self-explored and enjoyable process.
Mathematics: Complex equations simplified.
The activities of Exercises of Practical Life & Sensorial have laid the foundation for Mathematics. Dr. Montessori believed in introducing the child to the big picture before moving to the small. Through the use of concrete and experiential materials, children are introduced to different mathematical concepts, which they are able to learn and grasp quickly and that end up staying with them for a life time. The child moves from understanding what numbers are, through simple number activities to slightly complex operations . The child is introduced to the Decimal System, fractions, Squares & Cubes, Concepts of equivalence etc. Math in Montessori is all about exploring with the senses. Children learn through exploring with their hands, manipulating materials, and using their senses. Combining the symbolic with the concrete unites the two halves of brain function, the surest means of helping children avoid "math phobia".
Culture: Sciences and the world around us
At Benmont, we introduce the child to the fascinating worlds of science, geography, history and culture. Children are introduced to the concepts of a continent, country, state, city and area. They are taught the names of many countries around the world. We use colored maps and globes to make children explore the world along with introducing them to and making them appreciate different cultures, foods and festivals. Children are also made to explore the different land and water formations. We also introduce the child to the fascinating world of plants and animals. Children are curious and we give them a chance to explore the animal kingdom, life cycles of plants and animals and make them touch, hear, see and expose themselves to the beautiful world of science. Children are taken back in time with history and are taught about significant happenings in the world with the help of time lines. We talk about & make the children experience the work of world famous artists, musicians and dancers.
Gardening: Being one with Nature
“Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.” - Dr. Maria Montessori. Gardening activities are an important part of the Benmont culture. Much like their indoor work, the children work outdoors with child-sized tools amidst nature. They learn about different flowers, trees, plants, soils, leaves, fruits, insects, birds and observe sun and shade. They listen to different sounds and identify colours. They reflect on nature to experience an inner quiet and peace.
Cooking: Masterchef's at work
Cooking is one of the most enjoyed activities by the children. The little boys and girls turn into master chefs as they try their hands at flame less cooking. Keeping with the spirit of Montessori, the children cut their own vegetables, often prepare their own snacks and even bake cakes for each other's birthdays! At Benmont, we encourage our children to lay the table, serve one another, feed themselves using a fork and spoon and clear up once done.
Art: Tapping each child's creativity
Children are introduced and guided through various activities such as paper cutting & sticking, stamping, coloring, painting etc. in which they use various objects on papers of different textures.
Music: Introduction to World Music & Artists
At Benmont Montessori, musical activities are included in the daily life of the class and respected at the same level as any other form of learning. We believe in the power of music and expose children to international music with the help of different songs and musical instruments. The children will be introduced to music appreciation and world musicians.
My experience with Benmont was for a short duration but it seemed like a year has gone by... My son was a little short of reaching his 2 year milestone when he started his journey with Benmont. He instantly loved the atmosphere and the lovely teachers. Apart from a few days initially he was always excited to go to school. When he joined he was barely saying a few single words but just in 3 months I have seen a remarkable difference in him... He says complete sentences with correct grammar, almost always... I am amazed at his progress and give most of the credit to his teachers at Benmont. Benafsha, the principal is such a soft spoken and dedicated person, caring and loving towards her class children and I have always seen her smiling... It was such a great experience being a part of Benmont and look forward to spend the rest of my son's initial years at this school. Thanks Benafsha for everything
Totally loved the Montessori environment here! Highly recommended by this Montessori mom
Benmont Montessori has given my child a new direction. He has learnt so many new skills like making a ball with dough, sea animals and so on. The system of reporting daily activities of the child is something I thoroughly love because it helps me stay updated of the daily progress my child is making. He gets on to one personal attention and I am very happy with his overall progress. Thank you tecahers for your efforts!!
I am very happy and satisfied with Benmont Montessori because my son has improved a lot. he has started speaking words and recognizing numbers and enjoys being at school. At Benmont, equal time and attention is given to extracurricular activities such as sports and music. What I truly appreciate about the school is that it sends home a daily report of the student's development. The best thing about the school is its teachers, well qualified, dedicated and passionate about their work.
Benmont Montessori is a great new concept in imparting the right education to children in Pune. For our child, this has been a great experience. We have seen a completely new and creative side of hers, especially in her painting skills and clay moulding. For us, Benmont has been the perfect choice as the first school for our child.
Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child
Everything you say to your child is absorbed, catalogued and remembered
Imitation is the first instinct of an awakening mind
Within the child lies the fate of the future
Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school but for life
The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything
The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist'
Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms.
Our five senses connect the inner life of humans with the physical outside world.