Belmont Montessori School - Inside Our School
Belmont Montessori School - Setting your child up for life
Inside our School
Practical Life Shelves
Practical life exercises are used in almost any setting – whether it’s just a few activities at home or just in the classroom. The reason practical life activities are so important is that they help your child develop order, concentration, coordination, and independence. By developing those  qualities, both the child and the learning environment are calmer and learning is easier.
Sensorial materials are special teaching materials for developing the senses and academic skills including: colour, shape, texture, weight, dimension, sound, music, taste, smell, temperature, stereoagnostics and geometry. These activities refine the children's sense of perception, which will increase their ability to differentiate and catalogue all later learning
Language Shelves
In the first plane of development (0–6), the Montessori language materials provide experiences to develop use of a writing instrument and the basic skills of reading a written language. For writing skill development, the metal insets provide essential exercises to guide the child’s hand in following different outline shapes while using a pencil. For reading, a set of individual letters, commonly known as sandpaper letters, provide the basic means for associating the individual letter symbols with their corresponding phonetic sounds. Displaying several letters, a lesson known as the ” three-period lesson” guides children to learn the letter sounds and the movements of their shape. When the child is proficient with the majority of the sounds, he can create words using moveable letters from the “moveable alphabet”. When their hand is strong enough from use with the Metal Insets and other materials, he may write words with a pencil using the shapes he learned from the sandpaper letters
The Montessori Maths Materials build sequentially on previous learning, introduce concrete learning before abstract learning, are self-correcting, and isolate the difficulty being learned. They are developmentally appropriate ways for the child to explore arithmetic. The child gets sensorial impressions of the mathematical concepts and movement supports the learning experience. The material begins with concrete experiences but moves the child towards the abstract. There is also a progression of difficulty. In the presentation of the material, a pattern is followed. It is used throughout the arithmetic Exercises. For the presentation of the mathematical concepts, the child is first introduced to quantity in isolation, and is given the name for it. Next, symbol is introduced in isolation and it is also named. The child is then given the opportunity to associate the quantity and symbol. Sequence is given incidentally in all of the work. Various Exercises call for the child to establish sequence. 
Culture & Geography
Montessori cultural activities typically include geography, history, general science, botany and zoology, music, and art. Culture and geography is the study of the life of man, the way humans live, and the way of life that has been established by a human society to sustain life. It is the study of the features of the earth, and the cultures that were developed in the various parts of the world by human beings. The needs of man are universal, but the way these needs have been met, differ. So we have many different peoples around the world who live differently, who have adapted differently to what the world has offered them in different locations.
Even the library imitates the Maria Montessori Philosophy of the child’s importance of self-choice. They must be given the freedom to develop physically, intellectually, and spiritually. The "Freedom Within Limits"atmosphere of a Montessori classroom provides an environment which nurtures a sense of order and self-discipline. Children can choose to visit the library where they can select a book of choice and sit and read at the library table.