“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline.” - Maria Montessori.
Gatehouse Montessori’s program provides a strong foundation in the areas of practical life, sensorial work, numeracy, language and reading; while incorporating cultural subjects of history, music, art, geography, science, botany and zoology.
All activities are carefully planned in order to allow the child to independently discover the excitement of learning, and we, as teachers, encourage this natural ability and desire to learn. Each child is supported to become independent, self-motivated and self-disciplined in a safe, non-competitive environment. Children therefore feel free to learn from their mistakes rather than hide from them, and to strive for their personal best.
The classroom and all materials are carefully designed and arranged for progression. Lessons teach one skill at a time and guide the child from concrete to abstract concepts. The children progress as they master new skills and only move ahead when they are ready.
Montessori has a high academic standard, delivered in a play and discovery based learning approach. It is suitable for all children since it encourages each child to excel and reach his full potential.
- 7:30 – 8:30 O.S.H.C
- 8:30 – 9:00 classroom set up
- 8:50 - 9:00 Arrival
- 9:00 – 9:15 Arrival and Morning Circle
- 9:15 – 12:15 Three Hour Montessori Work Cycle
- 12:15 – 12:45 Lunch
- 12:45 – 1:30 Outside Play
- 1:30 – 3:00 Afternoon curriculum
- 3:00 – 3:15 Pack up
- 3:15 – 3:30 Afternoon Circle and Collection
- 3:30 – 6:00 O.S.H.
Literacy & Language Focus
Around the age of 4 – 4 ½ years, when children enter their sensitive period for writing, we begin our special writing program, which is unique to our centre. This writing program builds up their confidence and prepares them for our reading program. We begin our reading program when the child enters his sensitive period for reading, around 4 ½ - 5 ½ years of age.
For all our children that have not yet entered their sensitive period for writing and reading (2 ½ to around 4 years of age) the curriculum is based on acquiring a general, broad-based, well rounded education in all the subjects of practical life, sensorial, numeracy, language and literacy, as well as all the cultural subjects – geography, science, history, art, music, botony and zoology.
The child is given plenty of opportunity to develop all basic skills, co-ordination, refinement and dexterity in order to prepare for more complex concepts and activities such as numeracy, writing and reading. Our full Montessori program for all children moves from one curriculum area to the next, from concrete to abstract with plenty of opportunity for repetition to solidify concepts.
Classes are taught in a creative and nurturing environment employing the Montessori method and materials to develop the skills of each child based on his individual goals.