Italian physician Maria Montessori was a pioneer of theories in early childhood education. The Montessori system is based on the belief that children have creative potential, a drive to learn, and the right to be treated as an individual. It is a child-centred approach that values the development of the whole child.
Within the log cabin you will find a beautiful selection of Montessori materials for your child to play with. Typically, in a Montessori nursery, children would have a 3 hour work cycle. Due to the outdoor nature of our nursery, children will have free flow access between the indoors and out all day. This means that the Montessori materials will always be available and children may naturally fall into their own work cycle but this will not be a scheduled 3 hour period.
Traditionally Montessori has 5 key areas of learning. These 5 key areas are: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture. Creativity can flow through all of these areas however, we like to think of it as a 6th area as we believe it is essential to emphasise the importance of creativity within the early years.
These activities include life skills to help develop independence, coordination, concentration, self-control, self-awareness and confidence. These activities can be found in our homes everyday such as:
· Care of Self (food preparation, dressing, washing)
· Care of Environment (cleaning, gardening, care of pets)
· Grace and Courtesy (greetings, manners, social interactions)
These activities allow the child to refine each of their senses. This includes the manipulation of specifically designed materials that isolate qualities, refines fine motor skills, visual and auditory senses and develops coordination and the ability to order and classify.
Language is based on phonetic awareness. Children work through specific hands-on and tactile language materials such as the sandpaper letters to the movable alphabet. Language is not an isolated topic but runs through the curriculum. The spoken language is the foundation for writing and then reading. Communication, stories, rhymes and songs are the basis of language development.
Mathematics is developed with the use of concrete learning materials. The sensorial area is the preparation for mathematics. Hands-on materials are used such as number rods, sandpaper numbers, cards and counters. Each exercise builds upon another and the child gradually moves from concrete to abstract areas such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.
Culture allows the child to explore the natural world around them and includes:
· Geography (continents, land forms, earth layers, solar system)
· Zoology (classification, physiology of animals)
· Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants)
· History (time lines, using a calendar)
Creativity is one of the most important areas in the Nature Nursery Montessori Ltd curriculum. When we encourage creativity and individuality, the magic of childhood emerges and the child blossoms into a confident individual, effective contributor, successful learner and a responsible citizen.