“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for oneself”
The children grow to greater independence by moving to a school setting. In this age group the young child’s need for order, movement, sensory-motor experiences, language experiences and social interaction, guide the conceptual framework for our Montessori pre-school program.
Our Montessori preschool classroom is a “living room” for the children, with all furniture and resources within proportion to the child’s size. Our centre’s preschool rooms provide a rich variety of specially designed materials for the children to use in every area: reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography practical life, and sensorial development. The abundance of materials makes it possible for the children to exercise more self-direction and independent work.
Children choose their activities from open low shelves. The classroom offers space for movement, space for individual work, and space for group activities. Children are given opportunities to work in the development of language skill, art, music sensorial, and practical life. We use a number of multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting Montessori materials to facilitate learning.
The first task a child learns when he or she comes to the Montessori classroom is that there is order in the classroom. The children learn that materials belong on the shelf at a specific place and after using it they have to replace it back at the same place. Our teacher’s demonstrates this first. When a child selects a task, he/she repeats the activity until he/she masters the task.
Preschool Daily Routine
Below is a sample of the daily routine of the preschool room. These timings and activities can change per centre due to different opening times and programming.
|Centre opens/Breakfast and free play|
|Morning||Montessori time and Montessori presentations|
| ||Group time and outdoor play|
|Rest Time/quiet time|
|Montessori time/movement and music/art and craft|
|Outdoor Play/free play|
*Nappies will be changed as needed and are checked at regular intervals throughout the day.