Parents attend with their children and introduce them to the Montessori environment with the guidance of the educator. The session is 2 hours once a week. Children have the opportunity to choose individual activities for themselves, as well as joining others in outside play and in group songs and music. This group allows very young children to gain independence through simple activities and introduces them to the routines of the Montessori classroom. It is also a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to experience the Montessori environment with their child.
Children may attend one, two or three mornings per week. The classroom and activities are similar to the Kindergarten room, but with a focus on the simpler activities suited to this age group. Children choose their own individual activities, with help and guidance from the teacher and join group songs, stories and music.
The kindergarten room is similar to the classrooms used for the younger groups, but provides the full range of Montessori activities. During each session children are free to choose activities that interest them, working alone or with friends. Children are taught how to use the equipment as they show signs of readiness. The educator will present a new activity to a child individually and assist them until they are able to confidently attempt it alone. Children spend time in each session working on their own or in small groups. Children also go outside for play and participate in group time for songs, stories, discussion and music.