Learning Areas

The Prepared Environment

Identifying sounds, to refine hearing and heighten sensitivity to the environment, designed to simulate each child's curiosity and provide an optimum learning experience.

Within the Prepared Environment are three learning areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, and Academic. Children work at their own pace, alone or in groups, and choose activities that interest them the most. Older children share their knowledge and generate excitement for learning among the younger children. The Prepared Environment also helps develop the social skills so important throughout a lifetime of learning.

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SENSORIAL

Focuses on the refinement of all senses.

Stereognostic

Feeling objects and making recognitions; attributed to a special, sixth sense, or “muscular memory,: that recalls previous movements

Auditory

Identifying sounds, to refine hearing and heighten sensitivity to the environment

Tactile

Activities focus and engage through the sense of touch

Visual

Learning to discriminate between similar and differing objects

Olfactory and Gustatory

Exercises through smell and taste

Thermic

Exercises to help refine one’s sense of temperature

Baric

Feeling differences in pressure or weight of objects, heightened through the use of a blindfold or just closing one’s eyes

PRACTICAL LIFE

Focuses on basic movements, fine motorskills, and independence. Development ofchild’s intellect and concentration will also help develop an orderly way of thinking.

Preliminary Applications

Basic life movements

  • sorting
  • pouring
  • folding
  • carrying

Applied Applications

Care and maintenance in everyday life

  • care of the person (washing hands)
  • care of the environments (dusting a  table or outdoor sweeping)

Grace and Courtesy

People-to-people interaction

  • conversation and greetings
  • expressing yourself

Control of Movement

How to refine coordination
  • walking in a line
  • 'creating' silence

ACADEMIC

Encompasses six sections of specific learning.

Language

Using movable alphabets and sandpaper letters

Music

Singing, bells, rhythm concepts

Art

Various activities across various media (drawing, coloring, painting, printing, rubbing, modeling, collage, etc

Math

Concrete materials (number rods, beads,spindle boxes) explain math concepts

Geography

Puzzle maps, land and water clay models

Science

Experiments and explorations to help understand and appreciate harmony and interdependence of all things existing on Earth (physical sciences botany zoology)

Learning Areas

The Prepared Environment

Identifying sounds, to refine hearing and heighten sensitivity to the environment, designed to simulate each child's curiosity and provide an optimum learning experience. Within the Prepared Environment are three learning areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, and Academic. Children work at their own pace, alone or in groups, and choose activities that interest them the most. Older children share their knowledge and generate excitement for learning among the younger children. The Prepared Environment also helps develop the social skills so important throughout a lifetime of learning.

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