Welcome to
Growing Stars
Montessori School

Our vision is to provide children with a head-start in life,

fostering a love for learning, by providing positive

learning experiences that educate. 

Growing Stars Montessori is – Education through experience.

Montessori Approach

How does Montessori differ
from other methodolgies?

The Montessori philosophy set out by Maria Montessori aims to develop each child’s innate desire to learn by using a child’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
To educate children to their full potential, Maria Montessori felt that children must have the freedom to learn at their own pace. The Montessori teachers take into account the differences in each child’s learning style and pace at which they learn. Lessons are tailored to your child’s interests. The classroom/learning environment is prepared to encourage directed and independent learning. Teachers guide the activities and lessons through presentations of materials to the children and tailor the pace of your child’s learning to their own natural curiosity and choices. Our teachers mentor and mold each child to achieve their potential.
Children instinctively push to develop their skills and master new challenges they face. Our teachers are trained to know when to stand back and let these instincts drive discovery and learning. This proves to be very empowering and boosts children’s confidence tremendously discovering that they have the intelligence to do things and develop the skills themselves, which has long term results.
Children learn through discovery, not simply repetition. We also believe that children are very capable of self-directed learning. As such, a Montessori classroom provides an ideal environment for self-learning.

Montessori Curriculum

Growing Stars Montessori preschool program is where young children first begin to experience and contribute to, being part of a community.

The environment is light and colorful, the bright materials and activities attract the children to explore and engage in all areas, at their own pace. There is freedom of movement in the classroom, outside and between.

The classes are structured in a traditional Montessori way, with children between 3 and 6 years of age, interacting together, learning from and assisting each other.  They are developing physical independence, social skills and confidence in their increasing competence and knowledge.

The children’s day starts at 8:30 and finishes at 3:30. Group discussions, mid-morning snack and outside play are part of the morning’s activities, with music and movement twice a week as well as physical exercises and games.  This routine provides the self-discipline  necessary to nurture developing skills.

Carey Nelson
Montessori Directress

Qualifications:
Diploma in early childhood development – Montessori – Ages 2-9yrs

Who was Maria Montessori?

Our school adheres to the unique philosophy set out in the 19th century by Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was a brilliant physician and educator born in Italy in the late 19th century. She is most famous for her studies and research on the development of children. By 1920, she had become an advocate for children’s rights, with her work attracting global attention.  Her books and papers had been translated into many languages and by 1950, more than 4000 schools were teaching her methodologies in dozens of countries. Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times for her work which has fundamentally changed the way we view children and how they mentally and socially develop.  Her philosophy and studies have inspired further research and refined our understanding of how important education is for young minds.


Based on Maria Montessori’s time-tested approach to development, students are introduced to five different areas of instruction over the course of a three year learning cycle:

Practical Life

Practical Life exercises help to instill care for self, for others, and for the environment. Activities include tasks children see as part of the daily routine in their home, such as pouring, scooping buttoning and sorting. Through these tasks, children develop muscular coordination, enabling movement and the exploration of their surroundings. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and to develop their powers of control, concentration and observation.

Sensorial

Sensorial Materials serve as tools for development. Children build cognitive skills, and learn to order and classify materials by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment, stimulating their powers of deduction.

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Language

In Montessori classrooms, reading is taught with the ‘phonetic’ method - learning the sounds of the letters in preparation for reading and word building. Once sounds are mastered, children learn to build words, starting with 3 letter, then on to 4 letter words, until they are ready to read more advanced materials. These are mastered through a series of games and carefully designed and structured materials.

Culture

Our culture curriculum explores the areas of art, science & botany, geography and history. Children are introduced to these areas by learning about different cultures around the world. Working with the cultural materials helps the children become aware that they are part of a larger family of humanity, nurturing understanding and respect for others.

Math

Early Math activities help children learn and understand number concepts by working with our Montessori math materials. The concept of symbol vs. quantity is taught quite early. Children are taught to understand the concept of tens throughout working with these materials. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles and prepares them for later abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem-solving capabilities.

Its time to give your child the best early learning centre opportunity

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Operating times

  • Monday :         08:30 – 15:30
  • Tuesday :         08:30 – 15:30
  • Wednesday :   08:30 – 15:30
  • Thursday :       08:30 – 15:30
  • Friday :            08:30 – 15:30

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Your goal? To give your child the best possible start in life. Ours? To provide the best possible early education to nurture your child’s development. If you have any questions or would like to visit our childcare centre, please send us a message!

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