Choose a convenient time from the following and your child will be in safe hands of trained professionals under an award winning learning environment.
9:00am-12:00/12:30pm Half Day.
9:00am-3:00pm Full Day.
9:00am-6:00pm School plus Day Care.
|Early drop off:||8:30 am|
|School Starts at:||9:00 am|
|Half day ends for Pre-Toddlers and Toddlers:||12:00pm|
|Half day ends for Prep||12:30pm|
|School ends / Day Care begins:||3:00pm|
|Day Care ends:||6:00pm|
So what should you see as you step through the classroom door?
A beautiful environment.
All the activities should be within reach and freely available to your child. They should be set out in a pattern to lead the young child from the simple short activities to those that are more challenging for the more mature child Our outdoor environment is as important as indoors and your child is able to spend a considerable time each session, irrespective of the season, exploring a great variety of planned and unplanned activities
At the start of the day
Your child will be busy selecting work of their choice and suitable to their particular level of learning. They will take their work to a space – be it table or floor- use it and then return it to the exact same spot, ready for the next child to use.
There is a wonderful peace and quietness throughout the classroom brought about through concentration on the task in hand. Many of the early exercises use objects often found around the home, such as small jugs for the ever popular pouring activities; dusting and polishing exercises; folding and buttoning activities to name just a few. These are designed to teach the children life skills, increase their dexterity and concentration and, as the children are familiar with the objects used, will help to make a smooth transition from home to school. As your child gets older they will be introduced to the Montessori Materials specifically designed to help develop their sensory awareness and his ability to make fine discrimination in size, shape and colour for example. These are later followed by materials ingeniously designed to develop the child’s concrete understanding of Language and Maths and all the other areas of the curriculum. When reintroduced to these concepts in their primary school, this physical understanding will be invaluable to him.
Each day your child will be involved in one or more group activities. Group work is considered important especially in developing social skills and is used particularly when teaching the cultural subjects, art and craft, drama, music, games, cooking and role-play activities. A period of free play (a time when much learning also takes place) is incorporated into each day.
At the end of a busy, fulfilling session
Your child is ready for collection and yet often tells you nothing, or very little, about his day! But in time you should notice differences, perhaps subtle, perhaps very obvious that will tell you that the magic of Montessori is working for yet another child.