Montessori Primary Program
We have lovingly and painstakingly put together our 2 environments from scratch and we hope that both children and adults will find it a joy to be here, a home away from home.
We are pleased to offer the Montessori Primary Program for children from 2.5 to 6 years of age.
This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind.
Montessori has always said that education is an aid to life. As such, Montessori at the preschool level contains all the areas that children need to live in their society and in the world. A 3-6 environment contains the following areas:
The main aims of all Practical Life activities are to foster concentration and co-ordination of movement. The secondary aim of Practical Life activities is the acquisition of a skill. The children need Practical Life skills to take care of themselves and the environment. The children gain these Practical Life skills through the Practical Life activities.
The main aim of all the Sensorial activities is to hone the children’s senses. It is only through the senses that information can be taken in for the brain to process and the sharper the senses, the better the quality of information given to the brain.
Math is all around us in our daily life from telling the time, to money, to counting. It is essential for the children to grasp and master Math in order to easily navigate through life. The children acquires Math skills through the Math activities.
Mastering Language is key to effective communication and connection to those around the children. Connections give meaning to life and humans have always tried to communicate with one another through speech or the written word. The children build and strengthen their Language skills through the Language activities.
The children understand the world and society that they live in, the practices and customs of the people through the Culture activities that situate the children in their time and country and culture.
The Role of the Guide
The vision of the teacher should be at once precise like that of the scientist, and spiritual like that of the saint. The preparation for science and the preparation for sanctity should form a new soul, for the attitude of the teacher should be at once positive, scientific and spiritual.
A guide in a Montessori environment has utmost conviction in the self-construction of the children. This means that she knows and believes with all her heart that children are capable of constructing themselves and self-perfecting themselves to their highest potential.
The guide is the most important link between the children, the environment and their development.
The guides are all-rounders who have the skills to inspire learning in every area including Art and Music. Specialists or experts are only sought out to fine-tune the children’s work while the guides take the role of instilling interest, love and passion for work in all areas.
The guides ask the right questions instead of giving answers thus encouraging children to find the answers themselves.
The guide should be the animating spirit of the class which awakens interest through teaching and gives it direction. Then comes free choice and repetition of the exercise. The secret is always to present these things in the most interesting way possible and then allow free choice when the child has understood.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyse your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?
W. Clement Stone
A prepared environment is an environment that is carefully thought through and prepared to meet specific needs. For example: a nest, the hospital, the restaurant, the hotel are examples of prepared environments. All prepared environments meet the 3 requirements: 1) It protects the life that has to live in it; 2) It provides nourishment, both physical and spiritual; and; 3) It provides stimulation.
The conditions of the children’s environment should offer the children the opportunity to develop their potential. The explorations through the activities offered in the environment help the children to internalise and consolidate their understanding of the world. The environment provides the atmosphere of love and security, order, clarity, freedom of movement and expression that the children need. They need opportunities to make choices and exercise their independence. The children also need to be allowed to concentrate and be able to participate in the activities, language and culture around them. All these needs are met through the prepared environment.