Montessori is an approach to education that begins with a philosophical belief that the child is the constructor of their own learning.
Our Montessori Curriculum
At IMCH, we believe our Montessori Curriculum helps children become competent and confident learners. Our specially prepared environments provide opportunities for children to develop across a number of Foundation Learning Areas. These learning areas are highly integrated, with most opportunities and activities occurring across more then one area. By providing experiences within a diverse curriculum we are able to ensure a holistic approach to learning. Children are giving individual demonstrations and lessons on the use of the Montessori materials and many other educational resources. At IMCH, children develop life skills, independence, responsibility and a love of learning.
Dr Maria Montessori's method is an educational pedagogy based on supporting the innate needs of the child in order to encourage the child’s natural love of learning and to promote the child’s healthy and holistic development. Montessori identified eleven tendencies that compel human beings to construct and refine the world around them. By tendency we mean "a predisposition to think, act, behave or proceed in a particular way". These tendencies include: orientation, order, exploration, communication, activity, manipulation, work, repetition, exactness, abstraction and perfection. At IMCH, we believe these natural tendencies are seen as driving behaviour in every stage of a child’s development and education should respond to and facilitate their expression.
Our 0 to 3 year old Groups
Our 3 to 5 year old Groups
Our 3-5 Montessori curriculum provides an holistic education, preparing children for lifelong learning. There is a strong focus on the child’s emotional, social, spiritual, physical and academic needs and interests and all of these are considered to be of equal importance. Our routines provide the children with an uninterrupted 3-hour work cycle. During this time, children choose their own developmentally appropriate work and complete their activity at their own pace. Children develop self-discipline, concentration and independence. The Montessori materials are sequential and self-correcting. Allowing children, the opportunity to engage in work that requires little adult intervention creates a sense of pride and confidence, as well as the ability to problem solve.
There is a sense of community within the Montessori classroom where children of different ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation. Multi-age groupings extend the possibility for learning by imitation and observation since children, either younger or older, can learn how to interact with each other as they engage in peer tutoring.
The children learn respect for the environment and for their peers through experiencing freedom within the classroom community.