Welcome to Chase Ranch Montessori School
There are four basic learning areas in the Montessori Classroom
Practical Life encourages independence of the person, respect for the environment, and grace and courtesy. The
demonstrations convey sequence and separation of component parts. Practical life develops "OCCI":
Sensorial exercises are designed to develop an awareness of visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory
senses. Sensory education helps the child acquire details and accurate knowledge. It is a basis for future cognitive
Montessori work in the sensorial area includes grading and sorting of sizes, shapes, smells, sounds, taste, and
manipulating these materials with the hands.
Language and its development is an integral part of each learning area, as well as a special area in and of itself.
The classroom exposes the child to many materials and activities that will enable him to develop and refine his
vision, hearing and speech as a preparation for more formal learning of language. In general readiness, the child
prepares his hand for writing with equipment such as the metal insets. A sensorial and cognitive impression of the
phonic sound is important before writing begins.
Mathematics introduces quantity, symbol, and the decimal system, preparing a solid foundation for work in basic
equations and abstracts. The material isolates the idea to be taught . . . the child cannot get ahead of himself. The
red and blue rods teach cardinal, rather than original function.
Chase Ranch Montessori School