Trial Session Registration
PrepActive & Montessori Early Childhood Program
When: Monday 9.30am - 11.30am / Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Where: A8 Studio, Ground Floor 80 Jephson Street Toowong
Our Early Childhood Development Program is an all inclusive, welcoming environment where we play together, learn together and have fun together. It offers children the opportunity to participate according to their own abilities, while being given the support that they need for extending their cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. There will be planned activities and resources that:
Stimulate and refine the senses.
Strengthen fine and gross motor skills.
Allow for creative expression.
Offer the freedom to explore and discover!
Our group circle times will also bring a focus to the social skills required to work respectfully and co-operatively within a group. The program will be based on the Montessori philosophy but will also include aspects of Yoga (simple breathing & stretching), the Learning Connections system, the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and A8’s expert therapy team including occupational therapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy.
We aim to provide a holistic environment that engages every child.
THE MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY
Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870 and died in 1952. She was a physician before becoming an educator. Through closely observing the needs and development of children she created what is now known as the Montessori method. A method that is still very relevant in today’s society.
THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES
1. Observation of the child. It is through carefully observing a child that we can establish their needs and abilities. Through our observations we can then offer the appropriate support to nurture and extend a child’s holistic development.
2. Independence. “Help me do it myself” is a quote from a Montessori child that aptly describes what our role, as a parent/teacher should be. Teaching independence offers freedom. It is always well worth the effort to take the time to show, or explain to a child how to do something.
3. Prepared Environment. Not only does this refer to the careful consideration of how we prepare the physical environment, but also to the holistic preparation of the parent/teacher and the affect that they have on the child.
AREAS OF TEACHING
Practical Life: Activities that involve care of environment and self, that increase manual dexterity and build independence.
Sensorial: Activities that refine the senses, prepare the hand for writing and teach the ability to discriminate the similarities, or differences between objects.
Literacy: Alphabet is taught phonetically using sandpaper letters, and then extended with the movable alphabet for word building.
Numeracy: Practical, hands on work with materials before abstract concepts.
Culture: According to the age and interests of the child aspects of music, art, geography, botany, zoology, world communities are introduced
Judy Fook - Lead Educator & Montessori Teacher