Our Curriculum

Practical Life

  • What are the building blocks of self-care?
  • How can children interact with the world with a sense of confidence and independence?
  • How do we want people to treat us and how do we want to treat others?

In the practical life area of the classroom children work with a variety of real life materials that help develop independence, concentration, order and coordination. Many of the works found in this area are based on items and scenarios that are familiar to the child and commonly found in everyday life. By using works that use zippering, buttoning, tying, pouring, scooping, threading, tweezing, cleaning, gardening, cutting with scissors, gluing, mopping, sponging, sewing, etc, children learn to care for themselves, others, and their environment. Children also learn to practice grace and courtesy during their interactions with others as a part of Montessori's peace curriculum.

The Curriculum at Fishtown Montessori School

Traditional Montessori Curriculum includes practical life, sensorial, language, math, and culture (history, science, geography, art, and cultural studies). The curriculum at Fishtown Montessori School addresses all of the main areas of a Montessori classroom and takes it a step further by adding additional child-centered and child-led curricula intended to address needs specific to the 21st century.