Our classroom offers space for movement, for individual play and for large group activities. There are quiet places to play and large tables where children can chat and share. Children are offered opportunities to learn about Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Geography through multi-sensory, sequential Montessori materials to facilitate this type of learning as well as other typical aspects of Early Learning including puzzles, blocks and other toy-like activities. Montessori materials are designed to intrigue children and encourage them to explore, discover and learn. Tasks/activities are designed so that each new step is built upon what a child has already mastered; a carefully planned series of successes builds and nurtures inner/self confidence.
The mixed ages and widely varied achievement levels of the children greatly minimize comparisons and competition. Our goal is not to ensure that a child will develop at a predetermined rate but to ensure that whatever they do, they do well and with pride and confidence. One key concept at BIMS is a child’s interest and readiness rather than age; most children will absorb a tremendous amount of information, understanding and skills at their ideal time through practice and experience instead of by rote and memorization.
Our classroom is a hub of activity and children are encouraged to move, making their own choices, following their distinctive interests. It is divided into centers or areas including Blocks and Puzzles, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Geography, Practical Life and Sensorial development.