Montessori @ Mother Hubbards Childcare

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Ages: 3 to 5 years (approx)
Available in: All our centres

Through the year we hope to bring the children along an early educated and stimulated pathway. We shall cover topics such as our planet earth, the different continents and the solar system. We also hope to cover lifecycles of a tree, a butterfly, and a frog. The children will also learn to respect their environment i.e. their surroundings and their fellow companions. We also teach some pre-writing, numeral and reading skills, using the Montessori equipment. All the children’s work is recorded in the class and we hope to send home regular updates on their progress. The Montessori Method of teaching is great preparation for ‘Big School’, primary education.

For the children attending the Montessori sessions, primary school mid-terms will apply. The children attending the Montessori sessions must be toilet trained.

Montessori - A background

The Montessori method is an educational approach to children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952). It arose essentially from Dr. Montessori's discovery of what she referred to as "the child's true normal nature" in 1907, which happened in the process of her experimental observation of young children given freedom in an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity.

The method itself aims to duplicate this experimental observation of children to bring about, sustain and support their true natural way of being.

Applying this method involves the teacher in viewing the child as having an inner natural guidance for his or her own perfect self-directed development. The role of the teacher (sometimes called director, directress, or guide) is therefore to watch over the environment to remove any obstacles that would interfere with this natural development. The teacher's role of observation sometimes includes experimental interactions with children, commonly referred to as "lessons," to resolve misbehavior or to show how to use the various self-teaching materials that are provided in the environment for the children's free use

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