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The Montessori Philosophy of Avonhead Preschool Explained

The Montessori Method uses four main groups of resources:

Practical Life

These are materials which allow children to do those activities which people normally do in using and maintaining the home environment and looking after themselves. They promotes manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, sequencing, concentration, satisfaction and a competence in a variety of tasks leading to independence.

Sensorial

This child has a natural tendency to touch, hear, taste, see, smell and discriminate with their senses. Sensorial equipment is used by the children to classify and organise their sensory impressions. Each piece of sensorial material isolates one quality such as shape, colour, size, sound, smell etc by eliminating other differences.

Language

Montessori developed a special approach which will prepare the child for listening, speaking, reading and writing. The letters of the alphabet are introduced by touch (sandpaper letters) and sound.

Mathematics

Materials such as number rods, sequin boards and the golden beads were developed by Montessori to enable the child to learn the basic operations of the decimal system. Individual work with Montessori materials is complemented with other activities such as music, group singing, stories, creative art, cooking, simple science experiments and educational outings.

Curriculum Planning and Implementation at Avonhead Montessori Preschool

The programme is planned in advance after assessment (Learning Stories) are completed to determine the children's individual needs and interests. This information is collected in individual Profile Bookes. Programme Planning Meetings are held to plan the curriculum which reflects the childrens interests and needs.

The daily programme is a combination of Montessori and free play activities ie. outdoor activities, puzzles, books, music, blocks, painting, water play, collage, carpentry, fantasy play and play dough. The programme is designed so that children can develop into happy, confident, competent learners, physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.