Montessori – How do we introduce it into our curriculum?
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Montessori encourages children’s natural desire to explore and experiment in the world around them through Practical, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural skills along with creative activities and the outdoor environment.
We provide a structured environment where play and learning go hand in hand. Our Reach Curriculum together with Montessori allows children experience fundamental skills in a prepared and inviting environment where everything is child sized, and safe for children to touch and use. These skills aid children as they learn everyday skills such as dressing themselves, communicating, counting, which are developed at their own pace through the materials in the Pre-school unit.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” Maria Montessori
The beauty of Montessori is that children work and play with equipment which helps them to learn in their own way at their own pace and develops children’s abilities to do things for themselves. Children build relationships, socialise, express their emotions, play and learn together.
Our Reach Curriculum enhances the way Montessori is used through interest areas, allowing children make choices enabling the Pre-school room to become a place full of interesting things, a place where children can take time out in a cosy area, where a child can work / play alone or in a group and is a place where children feel like home, knowing they belong. An environment where everybody comes together.
Andrea Spillane Griffeen centre manager