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The Montessori Approach

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What is the Montessori Approach?

Our unique Montessori Approach to your child’s education is both a philosophy of child development, and a rationale for guiding such growth. Fundamentally, it is based on two important developmental needs of a child:

The need for freedom within limits.

A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.

Our method of education is designed to take full advantage of a child’s innate desire to learn, as well as their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.

The main principles of our Montessori education:

Children are to be respected as different from adults – because they are! Adults and children differ hugely, so should be treated individually and differently.

Children possess an unusual sensitivity and intellectual ability to absorb and learn from their environment that is unlike those of the adult, both in quality and capacity.

The most important years of a child’s growth are the first six years of their life, otherwise known as the critical period in which they learn and develop traits that they will take with them throughout their lives. It is in this period that subconscious learning is gradually brought to a conscious level.

Why is this beneficial to your child?

All children want to learn, they have an insatiable curiosity in the first few years of their life that needs to be fulfilled as much as possible. With this in mind, the Montessori approach aims to give children the freedom (within reason) to choose their own activities, allowing them to become enthusiastic learners and develop self-discipline.

Nourishing learning & development

Our Montessori environments are nourishing for children, designed to specifically meet the child’s need for self-construction.

Each environment is responsive to the continually changing needs of a growing child, encouraging independence and expression through arts, crafts, and drama.

Self-esteem growth

At the heart of our Montessori approach is the importance of a child’s self-esteem. A positive self-concept is not only the foundation for learning success, but also gives children the confidence to be themselves and be happy in their own skin.

Let their personality grow

We believe that providing a rounded learning environment that focuses on the development of a child physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally, is the basis from which a child will grow into their personality, behaviour and even future skillsets, jobs, and relationships.

Our Montessori Lessons

Maria Montessori

Our wonderful Montessori approach is inspired by Maria Montessori, an extraordinary woman who is acknowledged for her amazing work in education. After becoming the first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy and working with handicapped and socially deprived children, she developed a unique educational method known as the Montessori Method.

We like to think of our Montessori classrooms as being ‘living rooms’ for the children. Children are encouraged to choose their activities themselves from open shelves, with materials built to develop their own behaviour, creativity, and independence for practical life lessons, as well as distinct working areas such as mathematics and literacy.

Practical life exercises

Our practical life exercises enhance the development of task organisation and cognitive order through care of self, care of environment, lessons in grace and courtesy, and the refinement of physical movement and coordination. These are all designed to help your child learn essential lessons and independence that they will need for life.

Sensory Materials

Our sensory materials enable children to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions relating to things they find around them. These lessons in which children are encouraged to tap into their senses, draws on mindfulness, allowing children to appreciate and care for the world around them as well as themselves.

Mathematics

Our Montessori maths materials allow children to internalise the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, and the memorisation of basic facts. Integrating this into their lives early on enables children to see maths not as something difficult and confusing, but as something normal and easy.

Literacy

Our work with the children in literacy involves oral language development, written expression, reading, grammar, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Please click here to see some of our favourite children’s books. Basic skills of reading and writing are developed through the use of sandpaper letters (loose alphabet letters) and various presentations, allowing children to effortlessly link sounds and symbols to express their thoughts in speech and writing.

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