The importance of early childhood education to children’s lives is beyond question. A good beginning to life is well recognised as the foundation for future development, health and wellbeing, not only in the early years, but also throughout life. So how does Montessori Academy prepare children for school and life success?
1. Child Centred, Teacher Guided
Every child learns in a different way and at their own pace. At Montessori Academy, our teachers create a learning program that is unique to every child. Our multi-age classrooms are specially designed to encourage children to achieve their development potential at their own pace, and actively participate in their learning.
2. Holistic Learning Experience
The Montessori curriculum covers eight key areas that focus on the cognitive, social and emotional development of the child. Key curriculum areas include: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, science, geography, art and culture. The Montessori curriculum is directly aligned with what children will learn in primary school and beyond.
3. Social Development and Collaboration
In a Montessori classroom, children are grouped with different ages and are encouraged to collaborate and help each other. This structure to the learning environment encourages children to learn to respect each other, develop the skills of collaborative problem solving, and build a sense of community.
4. Confident Lifelong Learners
Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori learning experience. As children progress through the Montessori curriculum, they learn to look critically at their work, recognise and correct their mistakes, and learn from their errors. By providing children with the freedom to question and make connections, our students learn to become confident, self-motivated learners who have an intrinsic love of learning.
5. Highly Skilled and Passionate Staff
All Montessori Academy teachers undergo extensive training in Montessori education, children’s services, and early childhood education. This ensures that our teachers have the skills and knowledge they need to run a best-practice Montessori classroom.
6. Well Resourced Learning Environments
Our primary consideration in the design of our learning programs, facilities, and classrooms is to create a learning environment that is supportive of children’s interests and development needs as they grow. In this nurturing environment, a love of learning develops that sets positive foundations for a lifetime.
7. Best Practices
Montessori Academy adheres to the best practices of the Montessori philosophy and approach to early learning. Our view of education is that it should prepare children for later school and life success. As our founder Doctor Maria Montessori states: “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.”
8. Education Fosters Independence
Everything about the Montessori classroom fosters independence. The environment is prepared to allow the child to learn to do things for themselves that would otherwise be done by an adult. Over time, children begin to develop a sense of pride in doing things independnantly, such as washing dishes, caring for plants, and folding child-sized wash cloths. This is not only empowering for the child, but it also gives them a huge boost in confidence, and a sense of personal achievement.
9. Parent Satisfaction
Parents are highly satisfied with their children’s learning experience at Montessori Academy, and credit the strong educational foundations their children receive with their later school and life success.
“My son Benjamin has been attending Montessori Academy since June last year and I couldn’t be happier with his progress! When he started at Montessori Academy he couldn’t write or sound out letters. He can now write capital and lower case letters, spell small words, and read and write his name. The centre is always actively looking for ways to make learning fun with show and tell, dress up days, and offering the children something new and challenging every day. My son’s teachers are incredible and I truly appreciate their help and support in shaping my son’s education.” ~ Heather, Condell Park
10. Learning is fun
In a Montessori classroom, you learn about all areas of the curriculum by actively participating in activities that engage multiple senses. For example, children learn about art and culture by learning from teachers dressed up as a character from history, from painting their own masterpieces, and by cooking foods from diverse cultures. Learning doesn’t come from listening to lectures, it is experienced by participating in the world around them in an engaging, real and relevant way.
Choosing an early education program for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. Make the choice to put your child into an educational program where they will learn more than just the core subjects of maths of language, but also the skills of collaboration, self-motivation, independence, and a life-long love of learning. Doctor Maria Montessori developed her philosophy of education because she wanted to create a better world for future generations. With a little research into the benefits of a Montessori education, and a tour of a Montessori preschool, you’ll see why Montessori works.