Benefits for your child
Montessori is a time-tested method of education that has existed for over 120 years, proven to enrich early childhood learning. It provides a mixed age group environment which allows for younger children to learn from the example of older students. Older children build confidence as leaders within their school. We are accepting of children of all cultures, religions, language backgrounds and abilities.
At Lindfield Montessori we are equipped to provide an individualised learning experience, allowing us to cater for all skill levels helping your child to flourish. An individualised learning experience allows children to develop at their own pace, across all the different curriculum areas.
The Montessori curriculum is spread across five main domains:
Sensorial - Children are encouraged to discover their environment through exploration using touch, sight, sound, smell and taste. This helps to build fine motor skills, teach reasoning skills and engage children in learning. Examples of sensorial materials include the pink tower, colour tablets, knobbed cylinders and musical bells.
Practical Life - This area develops independence, self-control, co-ordination and respect. It includes:
Self-care - food preparation, dressing skills, washing, cleaning
Grace and courtesy - manners, kindness and social interactions
Care for environment - gardening, environmentalism
Control of movement - balance, co-ordination, refining movements
Mathematics - This area develops skills using concrete materials such as counting beads, number rods. Understanding is developed across numeracy, measurement and geometry, building upon earlier learning towards more complex ideas such as addition, place values, fractions and multiplication.
Language - This area develops skills in reading, writing and communicating, with a strong grounding in phonetics. Children begin to recognise letters using tactile materials such as the sandpaper letters. They then learn to form words using the moveable alphabet, eventually progressing to cursive handwriting and activities that develop an understanding of grammar.
Culture - This domain allows the children to learn about the world around them and is interwoven through learning activities across the other four domains. It covers culture, geography, history and science. Examples include using globes and maps to learn about our planet, botany puzzles to learn about parts of plants and our annual silkworm project to learn about life cycles.
Creativity is encouraged across all the domains with activities available for imaginative play, art, music, gardening, dance and other creative outlets.
Lindfield Montessori provides an excellent start to your child’s educational journey. Children from our preschool go on to a variety of schools for their primary years, such as local public schools, Montessori primary schools, catholic systemic schools and private schools across Sydney. Depending on their age at completion children usually go into either Kindergarten or Year 1 after leaving completing our three year program.