Practical life – Caring for self, others and the environment.
Sensorial materials – Materials to refine the 10 senses.
Mathematics – Numeracy and mathematical concepts including geometry.
Language – Communication and literacy skills to develop reading and writing.
Culture – Our physical world and other cultures, including art, music, history, science, geography, health and wellbeing.
The Montessori approach puts the children in charge of their own learning experiences. This means they can choose what activities they do to suit their own interests, needs and stages of development. The children progress at their own pace, so there is no pressure for them to do things more quickly, or to stop doing a favourite activity and move to something else. They learn to master each skill when they are ready and in their own time. The children are not compared to each other, so there is no expectation that they need to keep up, or any reason to feel inadequate if they haven’t yet mastered the same skills as another child. The difference this can make to a child’s self-esteem is extraordinary. It gives them the freedom to explore and to try new things, without worrying about being judged and compared.
The Montessori approach creates a relaxed and harmonious learning environment where each child is happy with their own activities and achievements. It promotes independence, self-regulation, problem-solving and analytical thinking.
Our program is all about learning through doing. The hands-on approach to learning fully engages the senses and develops both small and large muscle coordination, as well as concentration, logic, self-discipline and aesthetic sense. Many of the activities available for children to do are everyday tasks. Some of the typical things your child might do in any one day could include sweeping, putting on shoes, planting seedlings, cooking and washing up. The emphasis is on the action being more important than the end result. Children are encouraged to choose activities they enjoy, but they also naturally take on activities that will challenge them to try new things and develop new skills. They learn through exploration, repetition, involvement and cooperation.
By allowing children to use their senses and learn through activities, they naturally develop into independent, self-motivated and confident learners.
The Montessori approach is based around a three-hour work cycle and multi-age groups. Children are free to follow their own interests and choose from the range of Montessori activities and materials, while working at their own pace. This allows them to develop their skills and knowledge through practice and repetition.
Our flexible program allows children to work at their own level and to socialise with children of other ages and abilities, learning to cooperate with and respect each other. Multi-age groupings encourage the children to imitate others and to help each other learn, and this creates a truly collaborative environment. The children also develop a sense of community, as they stay with their teacher and group for 2–3 years.
“Help me to do it myself”
So, what is the difference between the Montessori approach and other early learning programs?
The Montessori method of education is named after its founder Dr Maria Montessori (1870–1952), who was a pioneer in the area of child development and education. By observing and working with young children, Dr Montessori discovered that learning is stimulated by an inner need that has its own motivations and rewards for each child. She realised that, if supported to do so, children effortlessly teach themselves. These observations helped her to design the first ‘Casa dei Bambini’ or ‘Children's House’ in Rome in 1907, and to create a new method of education and develop a range of educational materials.
A Montessori program is designed to fit the child, instead of making the child fit the program. Dr Montessori respected children as individuals and gave them the freedom, within a supportive and carefully designed environment, to move about and choose activities to encourage their personal development and knowledge.
Maria Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize. She died in Holland, aged 82, having seen her theories acclaimed throughout the world.
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