Practical Life exercise are everyday activities that form a link between home and school. They include exercises such as dusting, sweeping, washing windows, buttoning, zipping, lacing, and weaving. These activities assist children in their development of independence, controlled and coordinated movement, order, activity completion, confidence and self-discipline.
Young children have a special sensitivity to language which enables them to absorb the language of his family unit and expand his vocabulary incredibly without conscious effort. In order to assist our students in their development of a rich, full vocabulary, language work begins on the first day a child enters the class and continues daily throughout his stay. By broadening his vocabulary, the child is able to better classify his world and lay a foundation for further study. Language training occurs daily and includes the whole spectrum of ways in which language can be used, including stories, poetry, songs and conversation.
Through the use of phonics, our children are given the key to early reading. As with all areas of our curriculum, reading instruction is individualized and begins when the child shows interest and readiness. Our goal is not just the teaching of the mechanics of reading (the decoding of words) but developing total reading (the ability to extract the thought expressed by the author).
Stop and think about our busy world and imagine all the impressions your child is absorbing. Wherever he goes, he sees colors and shapes, feels textures, hears sounds, and smells odors. Our sensorial materials each isolate one quality (texture, size, shape, color, sound, etc.) so the child’s full attention is focused on that quality. These materials are designed not to give the child sensorial experiences or impressions but rather assist the child’s ongoing process of classifying his environment.
Humans have a "mathematical mind," related to their tendencies to explore and to imagine. Yet all too often, we adults do not enjoy or excel at mathematics. At Marlowe, we seek to lay the foundation for the understanding and enjoyment of math. Practical Life and Sensorial exercises provide experience with order and sequencing. Special manipulative math equipment helps the child see and understand the basics of numbers. Imagine discovering what “nothing” is or what “one-half” looks like!
At Marlowe, we provide an environment that allows the child’s mind and muscle coordination to become integrated. Our spacious facilities allow the children to engage in vigorous physical activity right in the classroom. Rhythmic movements using streamers, hoops, and beanbags make fitness fun and assist the child by improving coordination and flexibility, by developing body awareness, and by fostering self-confidence.
Other Curriculum Areas
At The Marlowe School, the world of the young child is enriched through the special magic of music and art. Through the use of timelines, wooden maps, and nature study, our children are given a passport into the realm of science, history and geography. These activities assist the child in developing an appreciation for the arts and in encouraging curiosity and a budding interest for later study during the elementary years.