Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What is an Integrated Curriculum?

One of the hallmarks of the Montessori method is the integrated curriculum. We are all familiar with the approach of traditional education, where school is divided up into compartmentalized "subjects," such as reading, language arts, social studies, science, and math. Even preschool programs are often structured this way.

The Montessori preschool curriculum is different. Instead of compartmentalizing the different areas of learning, the Montessori method integrates them into a single curriculum for a richer learning environment and more memorable lessons.

For example, a Montessori preschool class that studies Africa doesn't just limit the topic to a block of time during the day set aside for social studies. They bring the studies of Africa into all the subjects studied in the classroom. For example, the children will read African stories, sing African songs, play African games, make African-themed art, and learn about African plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Using lesson plans like this one, the Montessori method builds what is called the Spiral of Learning, where each lesson and skill leads into the next. Many different subjects that would be compartmentalized in a traditional learning environment are integrated in a Montessori classroom, allowing children to make connections that strengthen the lessons and fuel their natural desire to learn.


Early education provides the foundation for your child's attitude toward learning for the rest of his or her life. To see firsthand what an integrated preschool curriculum looks like, and to learn more about how it can benefit your child, schedule a tour with our Pleasanton school today.

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