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Do preschool children attend everyday?

Yes they do attend every day in order to fully participate in all facets of a wide and rounded school life. They need to do this to be community members rather than “visitors” and to achieve continuity in their work and that of the class and to have the greatest opportunity to experience the full range of experiences that Montessori class offers.

At what age do the children start in preschool?

Children begin preschool at three years of age.

Why is there a three-year age range in each classroom?

The older children act as role models for the younger children: they instruct younger children, reviewing concepts themselves in the process. Patience and confidence are re-inforced and practiced.

The older children are able to work at their own level, if lower than their peers, without this becoming obvious to their peers. Younger children can also work at a level above that of their peers without it becoming obvious.

Younger children learn to seek the help and assistance of those more experienced than themselves. They begin to learn to seek the help themselves.

What is the importance of completing the three-year cycle?

Within each 3-year cycle, a body of information and skills are presented. Failure to complete the 3-year cycle results in the child not achieving the “total possibility” offered by the class. Many loose ends, partially developed skills and incoherent knowledge are obvious.

Montessori recognised sensitive periods in the development of children’s lives when they show strong interest in certain aspects of their environment. She designed her progress to introduce aspects of learning at a time when the children are most receptive. The third year is the culmination of this process.

What is the importance of a child remaining in the Montessori system after the age of six?

Much learned in any one class is as is always the case a preparation for the future work. Each class takes the raw materials from the one preceding it and brings them to “maturity”. For example geography, history and biology facts from a 3-6 class lead to abstract, imaginative exploration and concept formation in a 6-9 class. A six-year-old child has developed skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These find continual and smooth refinement and expansion in a 6-9 class.

A child remaining with the Montessori system after preschool continues education within the same environment, in which a teacher with the same educational philosophy operates. The 6-9 child can continue to use, without restriction, the skills and tools, he/she learnt in the previous three years.

What is the Montessori “New Environment” and a child’s learning process in it?

In the Montessori classroom at any level the child is confronted with an orderly environment containing a variety of concrete activities, which in many cases, are self-correcting. The activities progress steadily from simple to complex, from concrete to abstract.

What to bring to Under 3s session?

The children are able to make their own snack. Please bring

  • Banana, orange and/or apple

We want to create independence for the children so wearing the appropriate clothing for toilet training is ideal such as:

  • Elasticated pants (no dresses or tights)
  • Velcro shoes
  • Small pack back the child can carry
  • One change of clothes