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  • Early Learning – Montessori

    At Golden Valley, children in their early years strive towards becoming self-assured, independent, and conscientious individuals.  The day-to-day experiences provided promote real-life and academic skills that will be put to the service of family, school, country and the world in general.

    The Early Learning Center offers a comprehensive educational program through educational strategies centered on five basic areas in the Montessori classroom:

    • Practical Life
    • Culture
    • Sensorial (geography, botany, music)
    • Language
    • Mathematics

    Our Montessori Early Learning program is recognized by the Ministry of Education and further strengthened by Golden Valley‘s institutional programs.

    Children develop skills through daily work, respect, and love. During their sessions with specialized materials, students put into practice the attitudes necessary to communicate, relate and interact with others, and adapt to different situations.

    Teacher and parent support is essential in the developmental, early learning stages to supervise and guide children as they experience their early years of school life.

    Although the age for entering preschool for the first time varies from school to school, children at Golden Valley Early Learning are a year and three months old or older.  The child uses material from the early years to help develop the concentration and work habits needed to perform more advanced exercises.
    Children continue in the Montessori and English classrooms starting at age 3, and enter preparatory at five and half years old.

    At Golden Valley School, education is based on the integration of human values and respect for the capacity of each individual at each stage of development.

    The Montessori classroom environment is designed for the comfort of the children. The materials are located on low shelves for easy access.

    Mathematics: The child develops logical-mathematical thinking through number concepts, relating number symbols to quantities, introduction to zero, linear counting, introduction to the decimal system and basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. All this is possible through preliminary exercises in other areas.

    Language: Through stories and pictures, children acquire language and enrich their vocabulary, serving as a tool to express feelings, communicate needs, and develop ideas.

    Culture: The child acknowledges, respects, and loves nature through dialogue, experiments, and exercises designed to help students approach their environment.

    Practical Life: Students carry out daily life exercises such as sweeping, dusting and washing. The purpose is to provide the opportunity of enhancing movement, order, independence, self-control and concentration in children.These exercises help develop visual and motor coordination, fine motor skills, social relations, as well as promote taking care of others and the environment.

    Sensory: Through the use of the senses, the child enhances his/her perceptions with images and sensations, developing greater appreciation for nature and art. Specific sensorial materials give the child an opportunity to explore his/her environment.