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Montessori Grammar – Nouns

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Montessori NAMC Curicullum/Albums – H2’s current stage

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been focusing so much on M and H these days, I feel H2 is neglected in terms of acquiring skills and learning. Well, he’s happily cycling the tricycle and doing lego, menggentel plasticine (like playdough), roleplaying/acting with his sisters, maybe it’s not all that bad. However, a lot can still be done.

So I went to the NAMC site, and identified that H2 is at the infant-toddler stage. Alhamdulillah, when looking at the TOC of the manuals for infants and toddlers, he seems to be acquiring and have acquired most of the skills he should have for his age. Below is the current checklist for H2. I don’t think I’ll be so rigid, and necessarily be doing all, but they are mostly good ideas. It’s a good list for mummies to do with their 2yo.

So I’ve put a ‘/’ to some of the activities that I think H2 has been exposed to. Once the activity is re-enforced, another ‘/’mark. I think maybe 3 slashes ‘///’ for me means thatH2 is suitably exposed. So there’s the plan!

Oh..added an Islamic Studies list at the end, still working on it.

The Table of Contents for the Infant and Toddler – Twos Manual B

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Identifying Pictures of Objects with Unusual or Complex Names
Activity 2: Naming Parts of the Human Body /
Activity 3: Naming Pictures Starting with the Same Phonetic Sound
Activity 4: Naming Objects Starting with the Same Phonetic Sound
Activity 5: Looking at Number Booklets /
Activity 6: Creating a Story from Pictures
Activity 7: Becoming Familiar with Letters and Their Sounds /
Activity 8: Listening to an Audio Book
Activity 9: Using “I Spy” to Practice Identifying
Activity 10: Matching Letters on an Alphabet Board

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Opening and Closing Doors Quietly /
Activity 2: Practicing “Please” and “Thank You” //
Activity 3: Pulling Together
Activity 4: Singing the “No” Song and the “Yes” Song
Activity 5: Making Group Art
Activity 6: Recognizing and Describing Emotions /
Activity 7: Planning a Trip
Activity 8: Imitating an Action Story /
Activity 9: Changing Partners
Activity 10: Making Butter Together

PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Fastening Clothes
Activity 2: Washing Kitchen Objects
Activity 3: Washing Napkins
Activity 4: Preparing Vegetables and Fruit for Cooking and Eating
Activity 5: Making Fruit Salad
Activity 6: Washing Windows and Other Large Objects
Activity 7: Sewing
Activity 8: Taking Apart and Putting Back Together
Activity 9: Polishing
Activity 10: Making Snacks

TWOS – MANUAL A

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Sorting Objects by Concept
Activity 2: Matching Pictures by Concept
Activity 3: Carrying Out a Two-day Project
Activity 4: Associating Objects and Numbers
Activity 5: Matching Three Basic Geometrical Shapes /
Activity 6: Transferring Equal Numbers of Objects
Activity 7: Matching Shapes to Outlines
Activity 8: Sorting Events by Sequence
Activity 9: Manipulating a Fraction Puzzle /
Activity 10: Matching Pictures of Parents and Babies

MOTOR ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Cutting with Scissors /
Activity 2: Throwing from a Distance /
Activity 3: Using a Hole Puncher
Activity 4: Clamping Clothes Pegs onto a Rim
Activity 5: Transferring Water Using Squeezing Implements
Activity 6: Stringing Objects Using a Cord
Activity 7: Making Building Blocks /
Activity 8: Walking the Line
Activity 9: Transferring Tiny Objects Using Grasping Implements
Activity 10: Transferring Using Spooning Implements /

SENSORY ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Matching Objects by Color /
Activity 2: Hunting for Treasure
Activity 3: Pairing Objects According to Color and Pattern
Activity 4: Discriminating between Sizes of Shapes
Activity 5: Painting /
Activity 6: Exploring a Texture Box
Activity 7: Observing Nature Close Up
Activity 8: Experiencing Smell Bags
Activity 9: Growing Plants Outside
Activity 10: Visiting the Bird Feeder /

ISLAMIC STUDIES

Adab
Assalamu`alaikum
Quiet when someone is Praying
Listen to the Qur’an

Dua
Before Eating //
After Eating
Before Sleeping /
After Sleeping
Before going to the Toilet
After going to the Toilet
Rabbana Aatina /

Qur’an
Basic Iqra’ / huruf
A’uudhubillah
Fatihah
Ikhlas
An-Naas

so..school/kindy browsing again..

August 4, 2010 18 comments

*these are my own personal thoughts of schools/kindies that I’ve found on the net/word of mouth, written for my own use, although I’ve made it public if for some remote reason it may benefit other parents searching for schools in the KV area, with focus on those Islamic and Montessori inclined and English medium*

I’m still not made up on doing the Montessori course, still pening with all the options and non-availability of AMI or other MAIN international Montessori courses locally. Well, there’s NAMC online maybe, and I see that the principal of Sri Ayesha is actually NAMC trained, well! I thought that they weren’t really seriously implementing Montessori but after looking at their site: Sri Ayesha’s blog, videos, and another blog, well got some montessori quotes and stuff…looks like the spirit is there,implementation have to go & see for myself.

I was actually looking for the islamic school in Shah Alam that was supposedly Montessori too, or at least partially, could it be this one: http://issa-primary.com/, I’m not so sure, and the school esp. the uniform, don’t look so appealing or as prim and properas ayesha’s very professional looking attire. I’m ashamed to say that the uniforms really affect my judgement of the school performance.. 😛 ok, i found out that this IISA is affiliated to ADNI, same curricullum but fees may be higher? oh here’s another: safinatun najah, but seems like only the kindy is montessori. For kindies, it seems like many claim to be montessori, some more islamic ones in shah alam: NUh’s Ark, principal is St. Nicholas trained.

Anyway, I have a better impression of Itqan now after this comment in a forum. Adding the fact that Aisha Z Abdullah told me that their teachers are regulars at her Montessori workshops, so teacher development, or at least refresher training is a good thing to my mind. The only gripe I have is why do they start with singapore syllabus but end with KBSR, and it says for sci & maths that they follow s’pore for stndrd1-3, then KBSR, how come? Then the headmistress welcome note is not really clear on this, and says that it’s S’pore up to stndrd 5, then follow KBSR. Confused a bit lah, anyway, the kindy is at Kota Damansara and is Montessori, and the headmistress is also head of IIS? I don’t know how much a Montessori it is, but I think I’ll be paying a visit to Sri Ayesha, Itqan kindy, maybe primary, but been there before, have to schedule at schooltime to see what’s up there and check out syllabus. Anyway, there’s another MOntessori kindy at Kota Damansara, littleCapers,but not islamic la. MAcam tu tadika dayana at ttdi is also montessori, as is the segi affiliated (?) one at DU, taska sri montessori I think. Have to visit Al-Hidayah, now relocated to Bangsar, have a friend who knows the principal, who already talked to her about my interest in Montessori, hmm..another visit/call due. Why am I doing all this? I need to network, not feel all alone, see what others have done, get advice on where to go on from here..also options for my younger non-schooling kids(don’t really want to move my eldest as she’s happy where she is..I think), so definitely sri ayesha and itqan is on my to visit list 🙂 but itqan so expensive meh!

other islamic schools..these are probably adni/musleh affiliated since i found this list in a presentation to musleh by an adni administrator:
ADNI ISLAMIC SCHOOL, KUALA LUMPUR
IIS KOTA DAMANSARA, K LUMPUR, not too keen on this one due to reviews
AT-TAMIMI INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC SCHOOL, SUBANG, MALAYSIA
IIS SHAH ALAM Fees are much cheaper than the above affiliates?

other Islamic schools:
Greenview (new school at UEP S.Jaya)
Khalifah Model School (love the concept, but in the middle of KL -Ampang and again my eyes berpina tengok uniform dia..hehheh…why can’t they have just plain uniforms with plain pastel colours..not bright yellow or purple (ISSA), actually I prefer no uniforms, but that’s too radical I guess for Malaysia)

One Malay medium Islamic School I just discovered:
Sek. Ren. Islam Pintar (SRIP) – sek JIM at Melawati, Malay medium

Malay Islamic schools memang banyak! Yg biasa:
Al-Amin GOmbak, Al-Amin Keramat, Al-Amin Bangi, Hira’ Batu Belah, Hira’ Tahfiz (MUSLEH Schools)
Integrasi SS18/19 S.ALam, INtegrasi As-Syakirin, SIMDE (S.Jaya)

ok, so my views, from just browsing, I like Sri Ayesha (since I’m smitten with the Montessori philosophy, but still open to other methods that work and in line with my philosophies, not so 100% montessori saja..). Only issue is that it’s too far, and English well, site has errors but not such a big thing for me as I teach my own kids English, the environment is priority…but I guess I do have this view that if the teachers can’t converse well in English baik tak payah..I’d prefer them to speak good Malay instead, apa bahasa pun asalkan bahasa yang baik, not like my rojak writing eh? 😛 At-tamimi seems OK, I like the extra-curricular activities, yearly visits to yemen, wow, could I afford that :), anyway, not so much so that I would move my child there, but sri ayesha is tempting enough for a move, except that it’s far!..after all the browsing, my dd1 is probably staying where she is..he..he..

other montessori kindies:
Blooming Tots (Iqra` for muslims)
Children’s Playhouse (the site’s not updated, there’s a kindy at the shoplot at Bukit Jelutong and a school -Sek. Sri Kayangan- adjoining the kindy that’s sort of a homeschooling centre, run by Pn. Aisha Z Abdullah, the MAM pres.)
Small Wonder

ni islamic kindies with montessori trained principal:
Genius Iman (Mikids etc.)
Salsabiila at Kelana Jaya (also use Mikids, partial Montessori up to 4 year olds, got tests for 6 yo)

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