Frequently Asked Questions About Montessori
Montessori is an educational philosophy based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the teacher offers age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
The Montessori curriculum focuses on the holistic development of the child, emphasising cognitive and social development. The environment and specialised equipment are designed to engage the children in the learning process, encouraging and promoting self-management and self-confidence. Through carefully planned indoor and outdoor activities and experiences children will learning the skills of day to day life while exploring and discovering with each of the five senses.
While the under 3 curriculum is not strictly Montessori, some elements will be included and children between 2-3 years will be introduced to some of the activities and experiences as they transition to the Montessori preschool.
Yes – the centres at 431 Great South Road, Papatoetoe and 479B Ormiston Road, Mission Heights are both registered with Montessori New Zealand. For details visit www.montessori.org.nz