In these classrooms there are a maximum of 20 children per session with 2 qualified teaching staff each day. Minimum attendance in the Kea/Kiwis is two full days per week.
The Kea/Kiwi environment focuses on integrated studies where the children 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 the child to make independence choices for their learning. This structure allows the children to find anything they are interested in and learn quickly where things are.
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, no adult assistance is required. Children become comfortable with making mistakes, trying again, develop problem-solving skills and the ability to see a task through to completion without adult direction. All learning materials are attractive so the children is enticed to use them – aesthetically pleasing, clean, complete and in good repair.
Montessori focuses on children’s learning and self-discovery, not on teachers teaching and fostering independence is an important part of Montessori philosophy.
Rich, cultural experiences including music, art, singing, drama, celebrations from other cultures, plant and animal studies are a feature of the classroom. The children have opportunities to garden, care for animals and observe nature as part of their daily programme. Tikanga Maori and Te Reo Maori are incorporated throughout the whole programme and all curriculum areas to reflect the society and time in which the children live.