The Montessori Environment and the Pre-school Programme

The Montessori Early childhood programme (3 to 6 years of age) spans over a period of three years following the traditional values and principles of Maria Montessori. Dr Maria Montessori developed an educational environment which provides the young child with specifically designed activities and beautifully crafted, self correcting materials appropriate for growth and development. This allows the child to work to his / her ability in a safe and non-competitive environment. Respect for the child and the child’s work in the class is first and foremost.

Learning to balance the freedom of choice with responsibility is another important aspect. The children are mixed in age and ability enabling younger children to learn from older children and allow older children to develop leadership qualities and further their academic and social skills. 

Practical Life Activities

What are Practical Life activities?

 

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Sink and Float

Practical Life activities are the activities of everyday life and they are involved in all aspects of life. The child observes there activities in the environment and gains knowledge through the real experiences of how to accomplish life skills in a purposeful way. These activities are cultured and specific to the child’s time and place.

Practical Life activities help give the child a sense of being and belonging, established through participation in daily life with us. Through practical life the child learns about his culture and all bout what it is to be human.

Generally the activities of practical life revolve around four areas:

1. Caring for the self

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Learning how to sew on a sewing card.

2. Caring for the environment

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Bankstown Montessori Pre-school’s garden patch is coming along beautifully, thanks to the love and care and time our Montessori kids have been putting into it everyday.

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Bankstown Montessori Pre-school’s garden patch is coming along beautifully, thanks to the love and care and time our Montessori kids have been putting into it everyday.

3. Grace & Courtesy

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4. Movement of objects

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Opening and closing lids

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Pouring

There is another area which encompasses all four areas and which is a very important part of practical life, namely food. Practical life activities are an integral part of any Montessori environment.

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