The Montessori environment has been created taking into consideration the absorbent mind and sensitive periods of children in a multi age class, which has a 3 year age span
- Practical Life – This area of the curriculum helps to develop in the very young child a strong and realistic sense of independence. It focuses on developing skills that allow the child to effectively self-regulate within the social and physical environment in which they live. There is a growing sense of pride in being able to “do it for myself”.
- Sensorial – Children have the opportunity to engage with resources that assist in the refinement of their senses; perception, observation, fine discrimination, and classification. These tactile learning materials make abstract concepts clear and concrete.
- Language – Playful and engaging activities like the ‘I spy’ sound games heighten the child’s ability to hear, identify and manipulate all the sounds that make up the words we use. This is a critical first step in literacy. Children are introduced to a series of specially designed materials as skill builders to help develop later writing, reading and grammar.
- Mathematics – Mathematical concepts emerge from the concrete manipulation of “materialised abstractions” such as rods, beads, spindles, cubes, cards and counters. Children are able to learn about the counting system in fun and thoughtful ways.
- Arts – Children enjoy the many creative activities that are available; they explore and discover differing ways to be creative and expressive using a variety of media.
- Environmental – Includes cultural studies, science, music, nature, geography and history. Children’s learning is embedded in their reciprocal relationship with the world; with people, places and things.
- The Garden – Montessori had a deep respect and reverence for nature. She believed that we should use nature to inspire children. Our outdoor classroom has many opportunities for the children to connect with nature; learn about the cycle of the seasons, tending to our gardens, taking care of plants, animals and the wider environment.
- Physical education is also integrated in the outdoor classroom curriculum.