What is Montessori
"Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school but for life." – Maria Montessori
Montessori Education is a system for teaching young children, in which the fundamental aim is self-motivated education by the children themselves. Children are encouraged to move freely through individualised instruction and physical exercises, accompanied by special emphasis on the training of the senses and the early development of reading and writing skills. It can be divided into the following developmental areas:
Children feel a sense of importance and accomplishment by being allowed the time to build their educational journey at their own pace. Higher order thinking is explored through the benefit of children having time to move to the next level of learning.
Literacy is at the core of learning. We believe it is of the upmost importance and also prepares a child for a successful journey through life. We connect the child with literacy by using it throughout the environment and focus on literacy experiences using well-resourced literacy programs.
The outdoor and indoor environment supports mathematical learning through every aspect of play. It uses aspects such as weight, numbers, measurement and abstract thought that is learnt through life experiences.
Higher order thinking demands the exploration of all of the child’s senses. This includes taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight. At our centre we include extensive play that incorporates all areas of the senses.
Connection with the community is a valuable part of our centres philosophy. We explore our surrounding culture through excursions and incursions and by respecting the many wonders of the world. Excursions and incursions include the theatre, local shops and well known animal Educators as well as many more.
Where one's self belongs in their culture, the culture of our community and the culture of the world. While exploring diversity through play and experiences. Also, connecting through relationships and the many unique wonders of the world. Each child learns through building relationships with all members of the learning environment.
The wellbeing of the child is respected and independence is supported through all experiences. Life is an important tool of education and is preserved through the use of real life resources and the connectedness with the surrounding environment.