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Montessori Educational Workshops

Inspired by Maria Montessori's approach to Early Years learning and development, we have created an enriching educational workshop programme for children age 3 to 5.  

How we work with a young person

Children's learning is interdisciplinary. During our 2 and a half hour workshops attended twice a week, the children are guided by the teachers and their peers. They work with beautiful, specially designed didactic materials and gradually develop concentration, inquisitiveness and a positive learning attitude.  


Following the Montessori approach, each child's social, physical, intellectual and emotional development is observed by teachers whose job is to ensure that individuals are given all manners of opportunity to satisfy their interests.  Our teachers are up-to-date with the requirements of Early Years curriculum and make sure that time spent in the workshop is enriching and prepares them for their future learning path.


Children are innately interested in learning about the world around them and, through their natural curiosity, are able to develop by themselves.  Montessori's approach enables children to develop their fundamental capacities that they need to become happy and fulfilled adults who contribute to society.


Our workshops encompass the following Montessori principles:

  • Mixed age groups offer a wide range of activities to spark children's interests and enable children to learn from others and learn by helping others;
  • Freedom for children to work at their own pace, without interruption, choosing from a range of activities that are developmentally challenging and appropriate; 
  • Exploration is encouraged so that children find things out for themselves, make mistakes and correct them independently;
  • Respect for each child as an individual personality with unique talents;
  • Respect for others, the community and environment.


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The areas we concentrate on


Language of Communication 

The roots of language communication and self-expression stem from all areas of children's exploration. We have a wonderful, rich language that we use in a range of ways. Teachers regularly discuss story lines and characters with children, children can play characters from their favourite books.  As they show an interest in alphabet sounds and letters, they are guided to progress through the literacy curriculum step by step.


Sensorial Development Tasks

The specialist Montessori sensorial materials enhance children's sense of perception allowing them to gain maximum stimulus from their explorations of the world around them.  Children use construction games, puzzles and listening activities to investigate concepts, such as big and small, light and heavy, long and short.  They have many opportunities to explore colours, textures, shapes and patterns. Through the carefully designed activities, children begin to make comparisons, initially by matching objects that are alike, then by grading by subtle difference, and learning to order or classify by different criteria.  


Mathematics

The subject of mathematics is underpinned by the understanding of relationships in the environment and being able to express them in mathematical terms.  Montessori maths materials are simple and interesting, they provide opportunities for step-by-step learning.  This enables each child to progress at their own rate and understand each stage thoroughly before they move on.  Children acquire concepts of number, quantity and base.  In time and when they are ready, the concept of  fractions is introduced as well as comparisons between 2D and 3D geometric shapes.  


Cultural Awareness

The Montessori cultural curriculum introduces a plethora of activities that develop the children's understanding of the wider world. Children use globes, puzzle maps and artefact boxes in various activities which build their understanding of other countries, cultures and people, animals and habitats.


Practical Life Skills

Practical Life Skills provide opportunities for the children to practice life skills such as caring for the classroom, using child-size brushes and dusters, watering plants, etc. Children develop practical and social skills enabling them to feel like capable, self-reliant members of community.


Quote to remember:

The greatest sign of success for a teacher.... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)