Bambini Community: 1 – 3 years

Environment

The Bambini environment contains specially designed, manipulative materials for development that support and invite tamariki to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. The tamariki are given freedom to make their own choices and take control of their own learning. Our purposefully prepared environment allows time and uninterrupted space for the tamariki to try out and perfect their skills. The Montessori materials are aimed to support and foster independence, confidence and love of learning. Everything in the environment is proportionate to their size and is designed to be safe and aesthetically pleasing for tamariki.

Opportunities

Opportunities for movement and independence, along with the development of spoken language form the curriculum for this community. Group activities such as singing and stories provide young tamariki with the experience of belonging to a community. Food preparation and outdoor play provide a framework to encourage social development. Through song and dance and freedom of choice, tamariki have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip.

Development

Tamariki are given opportunities to work in the development of language skills, art, music, sensorial and practical life. The practical life area is particularly emphasized as the activities in this area give tamariki the chance to develop skills to care for themselves and their environment in the following areas: control of movement, grace and courtesy. Through these activities, concentration and self-confidence grow. Building the child’s self-esteem is the ultimate goal and this is accomplished through repeated successes.

Transition to the Casa Community

Progression is based partly on age but also on an evaluation of the child’s social, emotional, and physical/motor development. The most important criteria for transition is often the child’s social adjustment, independence, work habits, and maturity. Generally, tamariki transition around 2 years 6-8 months. We collaborate with whānau at this time, and focus on what will be in the best interests of their child.

Casa Community: 3 – 6 years

Environment

The Casa environment focuses on integrated studies where the tamariki learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. The Montessori environment is orderly and structured to facilitate independent choices for their learning. This structure allows the tamariki to find anything they are interested in and learn quickly where things are.

Activities

Montessori activities are purposeful, real and exploratory and have a cycle of activity for the child to follow, complete with an inbuilt ‘control of error’ so the child discovers for themselves when they need to keep problem solving. Tamariki become comfortable with making mistakes, trying again, develop problem-solving skills and the ability to see a task through to completion without adult direction. The materials are attractive enticing their use, aesthetically pleasing, clean, complete and in good repair.

Learning

Montessori focuses on tamariki’s learning and self-discovery, including fostering independence as an important component of the Montessori philosophy.
Rich, cultural experiences including music, art, singing, cultural celebrations and plant and animal studies feature within the daily routines. Tamariki have opportunities to garden, care for animals and observe nature. Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori are incorporated throughout.

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