The children’s house opened their first preschool in 1986 in Damansara Heights welcoming five children from Malaysia, France, Sweden, Denmark and England. Since then, The children’s house has become the longest running Montessori preschool in the country and has seen over 20,000 children happily pass through its doors.
Their iconic red and white houses are located throughout Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, offering programmes for children from the age of 2 months to 6 years. These programmes are divided into two groups – Montessori Playgroup and Montessori Junior.
This programme focuses on children aged 2 months to 2.5 years and comprises three different programmes according to age – infants, pre-toddlers and toddlers. The infant and pre-toddler stage is all about caregiving, play and attachment; while the toddlers begin learning about speech and language, courtesy, independence and strengthen fine motor skills.
This programme is divided into two phases – Nursery (2.6 to four years) and Preparatory (4 to 6 years). Each phase prepares children for the next level of learning. Nursery learners improve their language, mathematics, spatial learning, art and self-discovery which are incorporated in the Montessori learning approach. This continues in Preparatory classes where more in-depth concepts and exposures will be introduced in order to prepare them for formal schooling.
What happens in class
Practical life: Activities are based on real materials like bowls, spoons, ladles and tongs enabling the child to imitate practical physical tasks. This helps develop concentration, coordination and independence.
Language: The aim here is to teach a child to write and form the letters of the alphabet easily and learn phonetic sounds. This technique allows a child to read and write. Using the didactic materials, children develop pencil grip and learn letters forming as well as phonetic sounds. These techniques allow children to read and compose simple to complex sentences.
Sensorial materials: These are designed to refine a child’s senses – visual, auditory, tactile, chromatic, taste and temperature.
Culture: Activities and projects integrate music, art and craft, and revolve around different countries and their culture. Nature walks and talks are also part of this teaching element and children are encouraged to develop an affinity and understanding of their surrounds.
Number work: Mathematical concepts like association of quantities to numbers, counting, odd and even numbers and the found operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are introduced using the Montessori materials.
The children's house offers half-day, extended hours and full day programmes as well as Infant Care programme at specific centres. Get in touch and book a school tour to discover more about the Montessori Approach and its nurturing, non-competitive environment aimed at ensuring children learn and thrive.
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