Our Learning Environments
Everything about our Montessori classroom fosters independence and a sense of responsibility and purpose. Our carefully planned setting allows children to discover and to manifest a passion for learning, investigating and exploration.
Our Montessori environment is carefully prepared to allow each child to do for themselves what in other settings an adult would often do for them. It is here that you will watch a three year old sweeping the floor with a child-sized broom or washing the dishes at a sink just their height. The children are given the responsibility of serving their own meals at a time when they are hungry.
Children are empowered to realise that they have the intelligence and ability to do things independently. At Fletcher Montessori, an abundance of sustainable, living and natural materials are provided for the children to explore and therefore support their own learning. The materials are carefully chosen with a focus on their developmental level and their individual interests. They promote self-correction in order that children may learn to identify a mistake in their thinking without having an adult point it out thus leading to a higher order of thinking. Children are taught to feel a sense of importance and accomplishment by being allowed to build their educational journey at their own pace. There are no time limits for the child – they may work with whatever they choose for as long as they like. Dr Maria Montessori observed that this unfettered period of time was imperative for the children to develop the kind of concentration that you see when a child becomes involved with something that is essential for their development.
In our Montessori classroom, our Educators are “guides” that are there to facilitate the learning experience, rather then to determine what it will look like. Our Montessori Educators take the lead from the children in the classroom, ensure the ground rules are followed, and encourage children to perform tasks at their own pace.
Educators do not determine the pace of the classroom – that is strictly up to each individual child. Educators strive to remain as unobtrusive as possible. Mixed age grouping throughout the day allows for the children to develop socially, intellectually and emotionally. The younger children learn from watching the older children and the older ones benefit by helping the younger children.
The classroom aesthetics portray a calm natural palette that influences each individual as they enter the room. Harmony continues throughout the centre through a specifically designed landscape that merges the outside area with the inner educational environment.
Children feel a sense of peace and tranquillity by submerging their inner self within the extensive surrounds, specifically designed to manifest a passion for learning, investigation and exploration.
With our Educational Leader having just returned from a Montessori field study trip to Italy we have been working hard to ensure that the new proposed Montessori extension of our Fletcher Early Learning Centre will be sure to exceed your expectations.
Fill out a Waiting List Application Form today and one of our passionate Educators will be in touch soon to take all of your details to secure a position for your child, pending full DECs approval.