Our Children’s House is a beautiful, calm and inviting environment. Through the Montessori Work Cycle, the children engage in a diverse range of activities catered to support their whole development. These include:
Practical Life & Sensorial Activities: real-life activities to help the child develop focus, order, fine motor skills, confidence and self-esteem in the care of themselves and care of their environment
Language Arts: oral language activities to enrich vocabulary, sound games, and classification of words; the development of fine motor skills through supporting the natural development of writing before reading; creative writing; a sequential phonetic reading program; an introduction to the parts of speech
Mathematics: hands-on materials to learn about quantities and symbols, explore numbers 1 – 10 and incrementally numbers to 100, the decimal system and solving addition and subtraction equations
Culture and Science: children explore the world directly within the small environment of the Children’s House and in the wider world through exploring physical and cultural geography including the use of Montessori Globes, Land and Water Forms, Puzzles Maps, and Flags of the World; building a sense of history through personal timelines and family trees; explores living and non-living things through the classification of plants and animals (Zoology and Botany )
Lower Elementary (6 to 9 years)
The Lower Elementary at Deenway is a busy environment which carries a special ‘hum’ of activity, with children engaging in an increasing range of social and collective activities, the highlight of which is the children’s hosting of the annual ‘Spring Tea’ for their families. The children also continue to engage in the full range of the Elementary Montessori curriculum through their Work Cycle, including:
Language Arts: progressing through grammar study, working with the Grammar Symbols and Grammar Boxes; developing skills of sentence analysis; continuing to master the skills of reading, the mechanics of writing; exploring word study
Mathematics: learning basic math facts and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through the use of hands-on Montessori material; working with larger numbers and place value; learning how to perform operations involving fractions and beginning to work with geometry; moving from concrete to more complex and abstract arithmetic concepts
Culture: children explore the world directly within the small environment of the Children’s House and in the wider world through exploring physical and cultural geography including the use of Montessori Globes, Land and Water Forms, Puzzles Maps, and Flags of the World; building a sense of history through personal timelines and family trees; Zoology – explores living and non-living things, Botany –the role and purpose of plants in the world.
Science: exploring the classification of plants, their parts and their uses (Botany); exploring the structure of an atom and investigating the solar system (Matter and Astronomy); exploring the workings of the human body and its systems and the role of nutrition and physical education in maintaining health (Health Sciences)
Upper Elementary (9-12 years)
The final year of Upper Elementary acts as a transition to the senior school where students who, upon entering adolescence, are prepared to access the senior school programme, with essential study skills being strengthened and mastered. They have a trickled-in introduction to a new approach of learning in the senior school, along with the expectations of their new environment.
At the End of Year 6 Junior School
Children in our classrooms are given a range of choice under the guidance and observation of their classroom teacher (directress): they can choose where to work (working on the floor, individually at a table, or with a peer); what work to do during the day; in which order they do it; when to take a break to eat a snack. However, they cannot choose not to work! This helps children progress at their own pace, develop esteem in making sound choices and being accountable for them and developing a sense of independence in their own work. Younger children are supported in developing physical independence to meet their own needs through demonstration and modelling until they can do things entirely by themselves and take pride in doing so.
Watch these videos to learn more about the Montessori Approach to Learning
note: some of these links may be from external sources. Where this is the case the views expressed are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the school's stance. The links are provided to give you a broad idea of the Montessori approach to teaching and learning, but there will be some differences between settings, contexts and cultures especially in cases where personal experiences are being shared. The school does not endorse external sites and is not affiliated to these organisations or individuals unless expressly stated.
A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Schooling
The difference between conventional schooling and Montessori education is eloquently summarised in this short video from Trevor Eissler author of "Montessori Madness!".
Introduction to the Montessori Method
This video provides a useful summary of the Montessori Approach and what it looks like inside a classroom.
You Might Be A Montessorian
Montessori education has been around for over 100 years...but what is it? And why don't all students have access to it? Katy Wright, a national board certified public educator, takes you on her journey of discovering how Montessori education can solve all of our problems in public education.
Does Montessori School Make A Difference?
In this podcast from Montessori Education, William Kelly talks about how his Montessori schooling, from preschool to junior high, helped him develop into a successful ed-tech entrepreneur and a flourishing human being.