The Brilliant Minds Montessori programs were developed by Dr. Meredith McCurdy for her students at Brilliant Minds Montessori in Sanford, FL. Dr. McCurdy is a Certified Montessori Teacher and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Education from the University of London, England, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of London, England. Dr. McCurdy is licensed and certified by the State of Florida in Child Care Center Management. Dr. McCurdy’s research into the cognitive-developmental processes of the preschool years has been published in The Journal of Child Study.
The early exposure to Handwriting Preparation, Penmanship, Phonics, and Reading facilitates learning habits to last a lifetime. Spatial perception, fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, posture, and pencil grip provide the groundwork for the development of good penmanship skills. Through systematic exposure to increasingly difficult skill levels, these prewriting exercises are designed to prepare children for writing readiness. Once the lower levels of handwriting preparation are mastered, penmanship skills are developed. Here the child is taught the correct way to form letters and numbers between the lines of a page. As part of the phonics-based reading program the association between letters and sounds is highlighted. Phonics concepts are taught in a fun and easy way through the use of sandpaper letters, manipulative objects, cards, and worksheets. Once mastery of the symbol-sound correspondence of the alphabet is achieved, reading lessons begin. Reading skills continue to be built and strengthened as the children progress through the material at an individualized pace.
Materials Included: Instruction Packets on CD, 190 Starter Worksheets on CD, Book 1: The Rob and Max Story Collection for Early Readers, Book 2: The Rob and Max Story Collection for Early Readers, Volume 2: The Long Vowels, Sandpaper Letters, 31 Letter Sound Strips, 2 Key Rings, Flash Cards, Markers, Large Pencil, Glue, Macaroni/Beans.
List of Lessons: Textured Numerals, Number Rods: Counting, Bead Stair, Teen Bead Stair, Bead Stairs: 20-90, Symbols Plus, Minus and Equals, Bead Stair Unit Place Value: Addition, Introduction to the Decimal System: Unit Place Value, Golden Beads Addition: Unit Place Value, Number Rods Addition: Unit Place Value, Introduction to the Decimal System: Tens Place Value, Introduction to the Decimal System: Hundred Place Value, Introduction to the Decimal System: Thousand Place Value, The Decimal System Complete, Go Get It! Game, Symbol: Minus, Golden Beads Unit Place Value: Subtraction, Number Rods Subtraction: Unit Place Value, Place Values of 10: Addition, Place Values of 100: Addition, Place Values of 1000: Addition, Place Values of 10: Subtraction, Place Values of 100: Subtraction, Place Values of 1000: Subtraction, and more!
Materials Included: 32 Instruction Packets on CD, 176 Starter Worksheets on CD, 9 Thousand Cubes, 9 Hundred Squares, 9 Ten Bars, 19 Golden Bead Units, 2 Colored Bead Stairs, 10 Colored Markers, 1 Glue Stick, 3 Velvet Bags, 5 Felt Squares, 10 Textured Numbers, Number and Symbol Cards, & Number Rods.
Lesson Topics Include: Static Addition- vertical presentation (up to four place values), Static Subtraction- vertical presentation (up to four place values), Addition with carry-over (up to four place values), Subtraction with carry-over (up to four place values), Multiplication, Division, Skip Counting, and Squaring. One of the lessons requires the thousand cubes that are included with the first kit- “Brilliant Minds Montessori Math Kit”.
Materials included: 11 Instruction Packets on CD, 75 Starter Worksheets on CD, 10 Ten Bars, 10 Hundred Squares, Division Board with Green Beads, Bowl, and Game Pieces, Multiplication Board with Red Beads and Number Tiles, 19 Red Chips, 19 Blue Chips, 19 Green Chips, 9 Purple Chips, Numbers to Colored Chips Key, Addition Chart, Multiplication Chart, Short Chains with Number Cards, Division and Multiplication Symbol Cards.