Rumi Montessori school opened in August 2018 and currently runs one pre-school class for children aged 3-6 years. The classroom has been set up as a model Montessori classroom and training center with all the materials and facilities required to provide a fully authentic Montessori environment for the children to experience.
Our classroom is multilingual, offering the children the opportunity to communicate in Malay, Arabic and English.
Our Montessori Curriculum
At Rumi Montessori school children are welcomed into a carefully designed and well equipped Montessori classroom that specifically meets the developmental needs of all children. During the session children have the freedom to choose activities that interest them from the environment and initiate their own learning. Children also have the opportunity to work individually with a skilled Montessori teacher who presents them with activities that are suitable for their unique stage of development. The Montessori classroom for 3-6 years is divided into six main areas, with the addition of Islamic Studies, Arabic and Quran.
The practical life curriculum is the starting point for all children entering our Montessori pre-school and lays the foundation for all other learning to come. Through the practical life curriculum, the child begins to develop the ability to focus and concentrate in order to complete a task, which support the child in becoming both physically and mentally independent and responsible. These activities also develop coordination, muscle control, problem-solving and one to one correspondence. The child is also indirectly exposed to mathematical and language concepts. For example, activities such as pouring beans provide the child with the direct aims of independence of pouring a drink without spilling, but also allows them to develop focus, motor skills and indirectly introduces addition and subtraction.
Montessori recognised that the development of the senses plays an important role in the overall development of the child. She refers to the period between 3-6 years as a time to refine the senses and thus, she developed a unique curriculum, which caters for this need. Through the sensorial curriculum the child will, become more aware of the differences in his surroundings, be able to acquire clear conscious information, start to develop organisational skills and learn to classify objects within his environment. Each one is a fundamental prerequisite for learning in all other areas. For example, while using the pink tower (pictured above) the child will refine their sense of sight as they distinguish between the sizes of the cubes. The sense of weight is also engaged as the child manipulates each cube experiencing the increase or decrease in weight.
At Rumi Montessori school we recognise the importance of young children having exposure to classical Arabic since this is the age at which they acquire language with ease. We endeavour to provide the children with exposure to Arabic language in a living form through a skilled, native Arabic teacher who only speaks to the children in classical Arabic. In order to enhance the children’s spoken Arabic, our curriculum prioritises the acquisition of conversational language and vocabulary. As the children progress in their understanding of the Arabic language they are presented to the written form following the steps of our Montessori based Arabic curriculum.
The Cultural curriculum encompasses Geography, Zoology, Botany, Biology and Science. Through the activities, children gain an in depth understanding of the world around them as well as develop an awareness that they are part of a unified universe and connected to each and everything around them. Through this the children develop love and a sense of respect for all that surrounds them.
Islamic Studies & Seerah
Islamic education is at the heart of our curriculum. The Islamic atmosphere at Rumi Montessori ensures children are constantly absorbing Islamic teachings and develop praise worthy characters inline with the guidance of the prophet. Children work with hands on materials for Islamic studies, dua and seerah, creating a love for Allah and the prophet.
Quran recitation is a daily part of our classrooms. All children have the opportunity to memorise Quran with our Ustaz. For the younger children our Quran syllabus focuses on memorising surat al -fatiha and the shorter surahs of Juz Ammah.
It is through art that a child can observe the world, exploring shape, form, texture and balance. To participate in artwork is to appreciate the sheer complexity and beauty of creation, thus witnessing the Artistry and Perfection of the true Artist. Our pre-school has a dedicated art area where the children have many opportunities to use a wide variety of materials and experiment with different art forms.
The Montessori environment is set up as a language arts laboratory in which the child is able to acquire clear and concise language in all aspects and areas of the classroom. Due to this rich environment, all children in our Montessori environment develop an interest in written language and are then supported through the rigorous curriculum, which systematically supports them along the path of reading and writing. Rumi Montessori school is a tri-lingual pre-school, providing children with the opportunity to develop Bahasa Melayu, Arabic and English languages.
The Montessori mathematics curriculum provides children with concrete materials, which allow them to acquire precise mathematical knowledge. Through the use of these concrete materials, the child develops a firm foundation of the decimal system and the four operations. As the child masters basic mathematical skills he is naturally drawn to abstraction which will enable him to perform mental arithmetic with ease and joy.
Our Pre-school Schedule
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 12.30pm.
At the start of the day, the children begin with a collective dua and recitation of Quran. This is followed on by a short lesson on Islamic grace and courtesy.
3 hour Montessori Work cycle
This is a time when children will have free access to all Montessori curriculum areas; practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language (Arabic, English and Malay), Islamic studies, cultural and creative.
During the work cycle, children usually work individually on their chosen tasks. The Montessori teacher will attentively observe each child and present new lessons according to the individual child’s needs and development. Small groups will come together to practice duas, recite quran, listen to a story or join small group activities.
A fresh and healthy snack is freely available for the children throughout the work cycle.
|12.00 – 12.30||Garden Time|