“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.
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 children/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, sequencing one’s actions, small and large motor development are all encouraged through these daily activities.
Preparation for 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.