Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” 

Maria Montessori

An ideal learning environment

Montessori Children’s House Wānaka (MCHW) provides an ideal learning environment for tamariki to achieve their full potential. We deliver Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum, based on Montessori principles in a purpose-built centre with qualified early childhood kaiako alongside caring support staff.

By giving tamariki easy access to well-organised equipment and resources as well as the freedom to choose activities they are interested in, they experience the excitement and fun of discovery at their own pace. Our kaiako help them to help themselves and encourage their creativity and natural talents. Balanced with group activities, outdoor learning experiences and prepared routines throughout the day, our tamariki develop a respect for themselves, other people and the natural world.

Developing respect

Passion for learning

We are fully engaged with families and whānau and play an active role in our wider local community. Feedback from local primary schools confirms that Montessori tamariki make the transition very well. In general they are enthusiastic tamariki with self-discipline and positive attitudes towards learning, that enables them to embrace their next learning chapter.

Education aim

The aim of Montessori education is to assist tamariki in becoming caring, self-motivated and fulfilled individuals, able to create a sustainable and peaceful future for humanity. Dr Montessori believed that by placing tamariki in a stimulating, specially prepared environment, their natural curiosity would help them become self-motivated learners. Education is ‘preparation for life’, not merely a search for intellectual skills or preparation for school.

Learning by discovery

Tamariki in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Our Montessori classroom ages enable tamariki to care and collaborate with one another.

Drawn to everyday activities

Tamariki are especially drawn to “real” activities such as mopping the floor and slicing fruit to share for kai. Such tasks appeal to tamariki because they are real things that adults do and they give the child a sense of accomplishment and sharing.

Foundation for the future

Practicing ‘real’ activities are an indirect preparation for the academic skills the child will acquire in the future. Concentration, observation, and sequencing, small and large motor development are all encouraged through these daily activities.

Preparation for life-long learning

Maria Montessori believed that the real preparation for the educators of small children was a study of one’s self. Anything that helps human life has an ultimate importance of the greatest value.

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