Montessori is a unique method of education designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive period for learning between the ages of 3 – 6 years, when they can absorb information easily from an enriched environment.
We have a Junior and Senior Montessori classroom. Our Junior Montessori is usually aimed towards the 3 year olds who will be spending two years in Montessori. Our Senior Montessori is aimed towards the children who will be doing only one year in Montessori and who will be attending primary school the following year.
Both classrooms are purposely created to allow the child the freedom to choose their activities according to their own interest and readiness in a non-competitive environment and to help in their personal development.
Our classrooms approach these goals in two ways, first by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by their own choice and their own pace, secondly by helping the child to all their natural tools for learning so that the child’s ability will be at its maximum in future learning situations.
Our qualified teachers guide the child through the activities based on the child’s individual needs and interests. The exercises that are incorporated in the Montessori Method are designed to promote cognitive development and positive self-esteem.
Practical life skills: teaches self-reliance and independence teaching the children how to put on their own coats and tying their own shoe laces.
Sensorial exercises: these activities include the use of five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination.
We encourage the children to proceed at their own pace in writing, reading, science, mathematics and most importantly to absorb their own culture and environment. Culture includes interaction with nature, arts and music.
The children will partake in many activities such as painting, play dough and cooking.
Outdoor play is also very important for this age group.
We use observations to assess the development and achievements of all the children. Each child has their own file which stores not only observations but is also used as a portfolio for their pieces of art work.
We at Bluebells and Buttercups encourage that our environment is a home from home in that it is warm, friendly and loving and helps the growth of each child’s sociable skills.
Our Montessori curriculum is posted up on the wall of the room.