Brisbane Montessori offers the Montessori National Curriculum, as recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The Montessori Early Years Learning Programme offers the 3 – 6 year old child an enhanced programme that aligns with The Early Years Learning Framework as required by the National Quality Framework.
The Children’s House Programme is organised into four main areas:
- Practical life
Also incorporated into these areas are resources and activities that introduce children to visual arts, music, physical education, science, geography and history.
Practical Life provides activities that support the children becoming independent and is the link from home to school. Young children often start developing their concentration skills as they become engaged in work from this area. These concentrated work events are usually characterised by quiet internal satisfaction and joy.
The Sensorial curriculum includes exercises through which children learn to discriminate between finer and finer variation using the following senses:
- Visual (dimension, colour, shape)
- Tactile (texture, mass, temperature, stereognostic)
- Auditory (pitch, timbre, rhythm, style, intensity of sound)
- Olfactory (smell)
- Gustatory (taste)
These children are in their sensitive period for Language and it is before 6 years that children, when provided the opportunities, experience an explosion into writing and reading. From 4 years of age the children are also sensorially exploring the Mathematics curriculum.
As these children are in their sensitive period for movement, it is vital that they can move with their learning; it enhances their cognitive development.
Children between 3 – 6 years are very capable and the Montessori classroom offers a range of activities to support them in their quest for independence, with particular emphasis on their functional independence. It is important that parents recognise this inner drive for independence and provide appropriate support for their children at home.