"The Montessori Child Care Centre has made a world of difference to my child, with love, manners, reading, writing
and preparation for school"
- Patty Smith
What Is Montessori?
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Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
Why Move Your Child To Our Montessori Centre
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The curriculum is divided into four main areas.
Practical life not only gives the children the opportunity to practise the skills of everyday life but also helps them to develop concentration and develop co-ordination of mind and body.
The sensorial materials capitalise on the fact that children use their senses to learn. Through these materials they are encouraged to order and classify the physical properties of the world they live in.
The materials for mathematics help the children to learn and really understand mathematical concepts because they are presented using concrete materials.
Children are prepared to write and read from the minute they come into the class through a series of activities that gradually build all the individual skills required so that when they are ready it is just a natural progression.
Geography, history, biology, botany, zoology, art and music are covered with a hands-on approach that is based on the fact that children learn most effectively from their own experiences.
What Is The Child Care Benefit ?
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Child Care Benefit is a payment from the Australian Government that helps you with the cost of your child care.
You can get CCB if you are a parent, foster parent or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending child care services approved by, or registered with, the Government.
A Montessori curriculum focuses on key developmental milestones in children between the ages of three and five-years-old.
Younger children focus on honing large muscle and language skills. Four-year-olds work on fine motor skills and completing everyday activities.
The teacher does not “run” the classroom; students guide the activities they do.
This encourages children to share and work cooperatively to explore the various stations. Children, by the very nature of the environment, learn to respect one another and build a sense of community.
Our "Mudgeeraba Montessori Preschool" students enjoy learning designed around their specific needs and abilities.
Everything in the classroom is within reach of the child, and furniture is sized for children to sit comfortably.
What’s the difference? Everyone is talking about letting children play to discover and learn.
I agree BUT for quality outcomes the teacher needs to prepare the play in a way that engages and entices.
It’s not about opening a packaged toy and expecting quality outcomes, it’s not about fantasy play that confuses their reality but about play opportunities that build their grasp on reality and practical experience.
It’s about being provided with the opportunity to practise what mum and dad’s role model every day.
Our Kindergarten teacher is qualified and experienced Primary school teacher - so our students are prepared to take on the challenges of big school, not just academically but with confidence about the expectations of behavior and social work dynamics.
Example of Maths
Spindle box with two segments, numbers 0-9 written on top of it and 45 spindles.
This is an activity where concrete material is associated with abstract symbols.
By working with this activity the child gets a clear perception of relationship between quantities and symbols.
Since the spindles are loose, the child now has to have the perception of how many spindles make the quantity to relate it with the symbol. This also acts as reinforcement for number rods and cards, as it is a related activity.
The concept of gradation and sequencing of numbers are mastered by the child through muscular memory in this activity.
The child when holds spindles in his hand he gets a muscular perception of increasing number of spindles to associate with symbols.
The concept of zero is introduced to the child for the first time.
Here the child understands the value of zero practically by not putting any spindle into the compartment of zero.
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Gold Coast QLD 4213