Welcome to our Kindergarten Program
At St George Montessori, we provide children entering school age, with a variety of experiences that will help make the transition to school, a positive and smooth experience, through a supportive transition program.
Our extensive school readiness program covers off both social and educational development. To foster children’s coping abilities, social and self-esteem development is critical. The self-esteem of all children is enhanced through attainment of development skills, successful social interactions with peers and adults, opportunities to make decisions and to contribute to the group.
Is is also important to provide opportunities for children to experience writing and reading skills, mathematical and science concepts in their daily program.
Examples from our program include:
- The development of the concept that written words are actual thoughts set down on paper.
- Early exercises to practice reading and to gain the concept of a noun, by labeling objects.
- Reading specially selected or prepared books on topics that really interest the child, such as in science, geography, nature or history.
- Learning to sound out and spell simple phonic words using movable alphabets.
- Learning to write by using special tilted upright blackboards.
- Learning concepts such as addition/subtraction & learning to count to 25.
Mixing ages provides our kindergarten children with opportunities to develop self-esteem, leadership skills and responsibility, giving the children greater social diversity. This is the ‘leadership year’ where they have friends of all ages.
Our staff will provide written information about school readiness and will hold a parent information session at the beginning of the year to discuss and outline the long-term goals for the year. Each of our centres has partnerships with local schools in the community, whereby excursions are held to help familiarise children with the concept of ‘Primary School’.
As part of our school readiness program, children are introduced to the concept of STEM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our STEM activities promote problem-solving thinking, encourages analytical responses and creates interest in this topic. Our Kindy program incorporates STEM through science experiments, computing studies, and mathematical concepts through Montessori resources.
Sample Daily Routine
Breakfast and Free play
Montessori time and Montessori presentations
Group time/discussion time
Rest Time/quiet time
School Readiness/movement and music/art and craft
Circle time/news/discussion time
Evening Snack/Free play
Education for Life
Our MontessorI Approach
The Montessori approach promotes the development of such learning factors as concentration, independence, self-direction, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem, persistence and orderly work habits.
The Montessori Curriculum
In the Montessori classroom, children are given the freedom (within limits) to choose what work they will do and for how long they will engage in that activity.