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Deployed means

Cap Montessori curriculum is implemented in a fitting environment, suited to learning and a great variety of material developed by Maria Montessori is provided to children in the classrooms.

Montessori teachers observe and guide the child who discovers and learns happily.

Parents have an important role to play : they accompany their children and contribute to the smooth running of the school.

A fitting environment

Children have their own development seeds within themselves and learn by absorbing that which surrounds them. Cap Montessori offers a pleasant school setting, neat, adapted to the morphology and needs of children in order to favour the “absorption” experience. In the classrooms the children can do their own activities and evolve freely according to their own needs. In this way, they learn to become autonomous, responsible (taking care of the material and putting it back in its place after each usage), self-disciplined - making sure not to infringe on the freedom of others and discover the limits imposed by their social environment.

In order to ensure a smooth operation and allow the children to progress at their own rhythm, there is a voluntarily limited number of pupils in each classroom.

The learning materials

Maria Montessori observed moments when the child is most responsive or attentive, key moments when the child has a predisposition or sensitivity to learning a specific skill (period of sensitivity to order, movement, social sense, language……..). The materials she designed allow the child to respond to its needs during these sensitive periods.

Practical life materials
Practical life items  promote the children's freedom to make spontaneous choices, concentration and tuning of motor skills. 

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Sensorial Materials
The Montessori Sensorial materials help to train and sharpen the children'senses (touch, vision, hearing …..) and are an indirect preparation to future learning such as reading, writing and geometry.

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Language materials
The Montessori Language materials firstly help the child to analyse sounds. This leads first to writing, then to reading. Grammar is proposed to the child, early on, to help with reading and comprehension.

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Maths materials
The Montessori Maths materials develop a solid understanding of mathematics from concrete to abstract, help the child to grasp the decimal system, the four basic operations and fractions. Geometry, introduced as of the age of 6, also requires specific materials which prepare, inter alia, for mathematical reasoning and an approach to theorems and their proof.

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Geography, History, Botany, Zoology materials
These make the children aware of the world around them. develop inquisitive minds and stimulate their natural curiosity.

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Materials designed by Maria Montessori meet several objectives :

they are aesthetic, thereby attracting the child to the activity ;
they are designed for self-education : error checking is in the materials themselves and encourage the child to develop the skills to correct the error by repetition ;
they highlight a specific difficulty which the child has to discover and  overcome ;
there is only one piece of a specific material per classroom, which develops  social sense and teaches the child patience and respect for others' work.

The Teachers

The teachers who coach the children have proven hands-on experience with children.
They are trained for the Montessori Teaching Method and are, or will be, aware of nonviolent communication and cooperative teaching.

The teachers observe, accompany and guide the children’s learning process with regard to acquisition of fundamental knowledge as well as “living together”.
Activities are presented individually with regard to the rhythm of each child.

Learning assessment

In a Montessori school, the teacher observes the capacity of each child, but there is no common assessment of learning. The absence of marks reduces competition for the benefit of self-help aid and cooperation. The child is lead to self-assessment of his/her own skills and, in discussion with the teacher, can plan the use of materials he/she needs to practice and perfect his/her skills in certain areas.

Active parents

The commitment and participation of each parent sustains the project from within and creates the density required by the principle of cooperation. 
By enrolling a child at the Cap Montessori school, parents undertake to accompany them and contribute to the smooth running of the school.

On the one hand parents, who so wish, can propose activities to the teaching team, be they physical or artistic, DIY (do-it-yourself), handicrafts, cookery, gardening, relaxation techniques or nonviolent communication.
All parental participation is prepared and approved beforehand by the teaching team.
This assumes that the parent is conscious of the adult role in a Montessori environment and respects the working rules.
On the other hand, in order to reduce costs and make the school accessible to a greater number, it is necessary for the parents to take an active part in the daily running of the school by participating in, for example :
canteen supervision and recreation time supervision (11h30 – 13h30)
school building cleaning (every evening)
help in creating or fabricating objects, odd jobs and various activities (school holiday workshops) 
after-school club (or care group)
school outings

Any initiative aimed at contributing to the smooth running of the school and the embellishment of the children's living environment will be appreciated and encouraged.

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