This area of the classroom allows our talented teachers to really distinguish themselves as the cultural area has the least amount of prescribed materials. Teachers are able to explore a wide range of topics in biology, geography and history.
Activities focus on real experiences that give children the chance to observe, explore and investigate such things as trees, plants, flowers, seasons, calendars, festivities, animals etc. Within our secure private play area, children have an opportunity to nurture plants and flowers in the garden section. In the natural sciences such as botany and
zoology, observation and familiarity are the method adopted.
For Geography however, a different approach and perspective is practiced embracing the whole solar system and exploring the natural aspects of global physical geography before focusing on continents and the countries where we live.
History is explored through timelines and natural cycles that help children understand the passage of time, a concept alien to most children. This is seen as preparation for later and more systematic study of natural history from an evolutionary perspective.
The exploration of continents and their countries also gives our teachers an opportunity to explore similarities and differences in the lives of children and their families across cultures around the world.
Dr Maria Montessori saw these activities as important learning tools for nurturing children’s understanding of respect for all humanity as a foundation toward peaceful co-existence.
The concept of peace permeates much of her work and represents her commitment to introducing children to spiritual life.