Children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs are catered for in the full Montessori program. Each child is introduced to activities that are observed to be appropriate to that child’s needs on an individual basis. Each activity is presented individually by the teacher and the child is then observed with the activity and assistance provided as required. Each child is encouraged to choose their own activities from those they have a knowledge of and they are encouraged to work independently with the activities chosen. New activities are presented as the child is ready for them.
Children are shown how to use such things as knives, scissors, polish, hammers and screwdrivers correctly and for their proper purpose.
The teacher reviews the program for each child on a regular basis with aims for new presentations, activities to be reviewed and activities that the child will be encouraged to repeat. Sensitive periods in the child’s development and observations of the child are used to determine the aims for each child at any time. Activities are not age related. They are presented when the child is ready.
Activities are presented to promote the development of control of movement (gross and fine motor), independence, concentration and the development of a love of learning. Positive self-esteem is promoted through the child’s development in all of these areas.
Activities are presented in the areas of Practical Life, craft and art activities, language – both oral and written, refinement of knowledge of the sensorial qualities of the world, mathematics, natural science, cultural and world studies. Specialised Montessori and teacher hand-made materials are used in all of these areas of the ‘curriculum’. Grace and courtesy exercises assist the children with their social development, and psychological development is catered for by the development of independence, self-discipline and positive self-esteem. Children who are observed to have emotional, social or psychological problems are individually catered for in consultation with parents. Where necessary, assessment by an outside consultant is recommended and supported.
Group activities include songs, movement activities particularly ‘walking the line’, group singing games, environmental sound games, language games, poetry and rhymes, percussion musical instruments, grace and courtesy activities, simple science experiments, stories, discussions and music.
Outdoor activities include the sandpit, climbing, jumping, watering, weeding, collecting leaves and seeds, ball play, running, walking and organised group games and imaginative play.
The teacher’s Montessori albums, which have been developed during their Montessori studies, contain all the activities to be placed in the classroom for the children to use and outline in detail the steps for presentations and reviews of each activity.
Cameragal Montessori School provides a three year program, which operates five days per week, three hours a day, with an additional, three hours for the Afternoon Care and Kindergarten program. Children approaching five will be invited to join the Kindergarten program.
On completion of the third year students transition to Cameragal Primary.
An Afternoon Care Program is available.