The infant program admits babies 6 weeks to 12 months. Our trained caregivers are very gentle, loving and nurturing. They are trained to interact with the babies at all times . The infant room has lots of floor activities for the babies to explore their environment and develop their muscles.
This group is between the ages of 3 to 6 years. They are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the groundwork for reading and writing in the future. They learn to recognise and use numbers which eventually helps them to understand the decimal system with the most amazing concrete materials. They learn about land and water forms, geometric figures, and the political countries of the world. They also learn about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art at their own pace. It is during the end of the Pre-primary and Kindergarten program that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. When the child completes the Pre-primary/Kindergarten program, they most importantly feel confident that learning is exciting and boundless. They are now ready to continue to the next level of education in Primary classes either in a Public/Private School or in another Montessori School offering Primary programs.
The toddler program (12 months up to 3 years) encourages the child’s natural tendency toward sensory exploration, and practical life skills necessary for this phase of development. The children achieve control of their bodies, acquire social awareness, physical, intellectual and psychological skills and refinement of language. Language is one of the vital developmental areas; in this stage, they are acquiring new words, phrases to say at different situations, and are able to communicate and express thoughts and feelings. Expression through the arts helps the child to develop self-expression and satisfy the need for creativity.
Nurturing Confident and Respectful Minds
We, at Early Excellence Academy believe that education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life. Our main focus as such is not only to support the child’s intellectual abilities but also to teach them basic life skills such as grace and courtesy, respect for others, care of the environment, dressing up, taking turns, table manners, preparing meals and cleaning up after themselves.
At Early Excellence Academy, we merge biblical principles with a carefully prepared, fun and loving environment that encourages children to develop their inner selves as they learn individually at their own pace. Every child is respected as being unique and capable.
We believe in the principle that:
Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open
up himself to life
Dr. Maria Montessori
And that when you...
Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it
As such, the learning environment here is dynamic with a wealth of concrete, manipulative learning materials that encourage the child to discover and learn during the crucial early childhood years (0-6).
Our classes are multi-aged to encourage the older children of the environment to foster leadership skills. Both social and intellectual development is enhanced by this method of age grouping.</div
THE MONTESSORI METHOD
The Montessori education method was birthed by an Italian educator called Dr. Maria Montessori. Based on her observations on children’s development from the ages of 2 to 6, she discovered that providing the appropriate material within an environment where there is a diverse group of multi-age children with trained teachers facilitates the development of positive learning habits, self esteem and social and intellectual competence. The material is attractive and is placed on low shelves within easy reach of the children.
Thus, the Montessori Method in summary has three important parts:
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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
To meet the needs of working parents, we offer after school care (3:00pm – 6:00pm) year round for all of our preschoolers. We will also be offering after school care and transportation from surrounding schools for our elementary age students soon. These are nonacademic programs that provide extra curricular activities, supervised free time, and quiet time for relaxation and snacks. Homework time will also be made available for students in elementary schools.
Mrs Vivian Osei-Kissi is a UK trained educationist and American montessori certified instructor. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She later moved to the United States to specialize in Montessori method of education. She has over 10 years combined experience in early childhood education in both the US and UK. Prior to returning home to Ghana, her most recent engagement was with Breckinridge Montessori School in Dallas, Texas where she spent 5 years as a primary lead teacher. Before that she was employed at Heritage Montessori Academy, also in Dallas for 2.5 years as a toddler lead teacher. Prior to leaving for the US, she worked in various early childhood centres in the UK, notable amongst them was the Early Excellence Centre in Gamesley. Her natural tendency towards children has always enabled her establish very good rapport with her students.
A greater part of her teaching strategy includes involving parents in the development and education of their children. Vivian was also an active volunteer at the Potter’s House of North Dallas Children’s Ministry – a church founded by Bishop T. D. Jakes. She worked as a 5-8 year old Sunday School teacher for 6 years and later helped with classroom attendance and kids check-in. She used curriculums such as Orange and what’s in the bible in her weekly planning of activities for the children. Before she discovered her interest in early childhood education, Vivian started her professional career as a Journalist after completing her diploma in journalism at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1998.
Practical life activities enhance the child’s motor control and coordination, improve concentration and attention span, and ultimately develop a sense of responsibility. These activities provide purposeful activity and help the child grow in three main areas:
1) care of the person
2) care of the environment, and
3) grace and courtesy.
In this curriculum, the child develops skills in phonetics, written and oral expression, reading comprehension, and grammar. As Montessori educators, we assist the child in making fine distinctions between sounds based on the sound of his or her own speech. Additionally, the process of acquiring writing skills is emphasized before the child learns to read.
This is taught through the use of concrete materials in the years during which a child explores observation and manipulation of materials. The child gains an understanding of the concepts of number, symbol, operations, and sequence, and also learns to memorize basic mathematical rules and facts. Dr. Montessori has demonstrated that if a child has access to mathematical materials in early years, he or she can easily and joyfully assimilate many facts of arithmetic, from simple addition to complex decimal system and fractions.
The cultural and science area in the primary classroom covers various subjects such as geography, history, biology, art, music, zoology. We begin with a study of home culture, the culture in which the child lives in. We then expand to other cultures around the world to not only enlighten the child as to how he or she fits into society, but how he or she is an important member of the world. Models, pictures, and books are used to help the child grasp the various concepts. Art and music activities help the child to encourage self-expression and refine the senses.
The goal of sensorial materials is to allow the child to acquire clear and conscious information about the environment, and then be able to classify senseexperience such as size, shape, texture, loudness, and temperature. The child learns to explore and gradually refine his or her sense through exercises such as visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, and stereognostic sense exercises.