“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 Wanaka (MCHW) provides an ideal learning environment for children/tamariki to achieve their full potential. We deliver Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum, based on Montessori principles in a purpose-built centre with qualified early childhood teachers alongside caring support staff.

By giving children/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 teachers 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 children/tamariki develop a respect for themselves, other people and the natural world.

Developing respect

We are fully engaged with families and whanau and play an active role in our wider local community. Feedback from local primary schools confirms that Montessori children/tamariki make the transition very well. In general they are enthusiastic students with self-discipline and positive attitudes towards learning that enables them to embrace primary education and make new friendships.
The aim of Montessori education is to assist children/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 children/tamariki in a stimulating, specially prepared environment, their natural curiosity would help them become self-motivated learners. She stressed following the interests of the child with a focus on self-discovery. Education is ‘preparation for life’, not merely a search for intellectual skills or preparation for school.
Children/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. Montessori classes place children/tamariki in three-year age groups forming communities in which the children care and collaborate with each other.

Drawn to everyday activities

Children/tamriki are especially drawn to “real” activities such as mopping the floor and slicing fruit to share as snacks.  Such tasks appeal to chi