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Our Montessori Program

Our Montessori Program

Montessori at Brooklyn Park Private Kindergarten

In this post I would like to give you a brief introduction to the Montessori education method and philosophy. We believe that the Montessori philosophy blends well with our centre philosophy, and the Montessori education method aligns well with our exceptional preschool program. Children will have enhanced school readiness through using the hands-on materials for learning letters and mathematical concepts, and through experiencing the wider Montessori curriculum.

The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centred educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

It sees children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

Benefits of Montessori EducationMontessori inserts

Montessori students learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a vital skill set for the 21st century.

Montessori education offers children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognises that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he/she is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualised learning plan.

Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging self-regulation.

Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age classroom resembles a family structure. Older students enjoy being mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence. Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.

Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working with their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. The child’s curiosity and interest results in joyous learning.

Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.

Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori education. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognising, correcting, and learning from their errors.

There are five areas of learning in a Montessori 3-6 class:montessori practical life

Practical Life
In this section of work, children find materials and exercises from their every day life – eg. pouring water from a jug to a glass, or learning how to tie a shoelace. These activities help children’s independence.

Sensorial
Activities in this section allow children to refine each of their senses. They will appreciate color or texture differences, organise objects in the environment and  refine their sense of pitch from the music they hear .

Language
Children are taught language through a progression of lessons. They first learn the different sounds in a word. Children then learn language phonetically. Later they learn the different “rules” in language and the exceptions to those rules. They will learn to spell and read fluently.

Mathematics
Children first learn to count from 1-10 through understanding the concept that those numbers represent a specific amount. Progressing through the materials children will learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and truly understand what each one means in a deeper sense. Montessori offers the child a strong and solid foundation in the understanding of mathematics.

Culture

The Cultural area of the Montessori classroom covers a variety of subjects. Geography, Science, Botany, Zoology, and History are included. Art and Music are also considered a part of the Cultural Area of the classroom.  Maria felt that having knowledge and understanding of such subjects is what makes one a “cultured” person.

Sites on the internet that have videos of the materials, and explanations of the equipment are –

montessori botany American Montessori Society (2017) https://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori/Benefits-of-Montessori, Montessori Australia Foundation (2017) https://montessori.org.au/about-montessori

Montessori Australia Foundation (2017) https://montessori.org.au/montessori-materials

http://www.infomontessori.com

http://www.justmontessori.com/

 

 

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Exceeding the National Quality Standard

Exceeding the National Quality Standard

Congratulations to Tanya, Tamara, Kara and Emma

In her recent visit to Brooklyn Park Private Kindergarten, the assessor from the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia, awarded The highest possible rating of the National Quality Standard to the Centre.

Not only did the centre achieve Exceeding the National Quality Standard in all of the 7 areas assessed, it also achieved Exceeding in all 59 of the subcategories – a rare result, especially for a new centre.

Parents can rest assured that their children are receiving the best possible education and care while attending the Centre.

Brooklyn Park, and our sister centre, Glandore Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre, continually strive for quality improvement in all areas of our operations.

Parents are encouraged to develop partnerships with our centres, to give us feedback and advice to enable us to continue improving.

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Safe Sleeping for Babies

Safe Sleeping for Babies

At our recent A.G.M. for the South Australian branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance, the guest speaker was Dr Ron Somers, who presented his research into Safe Sleeping for babies. Sadly, there have been several research studies in the last decades identifying soft mattresses as a cause of sudden infant death syndrome – SIDS. If safe sleeping surfaces for babies had been regulated, many of these deaths would not have occurred.

Dr Somers, who lectures at the University of Adelaide, was one of the leading developers of a new standard  to specify firmness of baby mattresses. This is so far only a voluntary standard, but he is hoping that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will adopt it as a regulated requirement for Australian suppliers.

“A baby sleeping on a surface that is too soft has more than 3 times the chance of dying from sudden infant death than one sleeping on a surface tested to this new Australian standard”, says Dr Somers. “There is often an assumption that the firmness of baby products is regulated but, alarmingly, it isn’t”. Dr Somers continues, “This is an oversight and an area of infant safety that has been neglected.”

For parents who are using existing mattresses and equipment, Dr Somers has developed an informal test that can be conducted by parents at home, using common household objects such as two cartons of milk or juice and a stack of DVDs to measure the firmness of a sleeping surface (see above video and also Identifying a properly firm Infant Matress) He has also developed a “firmometer” for this test. Dr Somers website is Secure Beginnings

At our Glandore Centre, we have an ongoing testing program of the firmness of our baby mattresses. We have purchased a firmometer to do this. Any mattresses which do not pass the quarterly test are replaced.

We believe that it is so important that babies sleep safely that we are making the firmometer available to parents to test their own mattresses. Talk to Tanya to arrange to borrow the guage.

SIDS and Kids also recommends parent’s follow the ‘Sleep Safe, My Baby‘ guidelines to reduce the risk of sudden infant death and to create a safe sleeping environment.

  1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side, sleep at bottom of cot
  2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
  3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
  4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
  5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months
  6. Breastfeed baby if possible
  7. No soft mattresses, bumpers or soft toys

Download a pdf brochure on Safe Sleeping from Kidsafe

Please share this information with other families with babies.

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Changes to our website

Changes to our website

Now that we have started our Facebook Page, we will use it to keep parents informed of upcoming events, and about the activities the children are engaged in.

We also use the Parent Portal to share children’s learning stories, and the check out system to inform about daily events.

We have decided to use this page to share information about topics of  interest to parents and educators. Please give us feedback about our communication methods, and let us know if they are working for your family. Also please give us feedback about the articles. We would welcome suggestions for topics.

Also use our Pinterest Page to further explore topics, and find ideas for children’s activities, food, development, and parenting topics.

 

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Information Evening – Screen Time for Pre-schoolers

Information Evening – Screen Time for Pre-schoolers

Wednesday 17th June, 6.00pm to 7.00 pm

We hope you are coming to our first Parent Evening. You are welcome to bring friends who may be interested in the best way to use IT with preschoolers.

This will be an interactive evening, so bring your IPads and tablets. Let us know if you don’t have an IPad, and we will try to arrange one for your use.

We will share current research and recommendations for using I.T. with young children. We will discuss the pros and cons, and include some ideas of how to select programs and apps wisely.

There will be some food and care for your children if you are bringing them, and light refreshments for adults.

Please let us know you are coming so we can cater for you and your children.

Term Project – Healthy Eating

group time brooklyn kindyLast week we continued our exploration of healthy foods by being “Taste Detectives”. We have been investigating using the colours of the rainbow. Each week we have looked at different coloured fruits and vegetables. Last week we discovered white and brown fruits and vegetables.

Practical Life

The children have been encouraged to try using hammers and nails, and they enjoyed this activity. As a result of this play based learning, they are developing gross and fine motor skills, concentration and persistence.

Gardening and Sustainability

brooklyn kindy wormsThe children enjoy helping to care for our worm farm.

When we planted vegetables in our front garden, we

transferred some worms to help improve the soil.

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The children also enjoyed looking for insects in the gardens.insects brooklyn park

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Welcome to our information page

Welcome to our information page

To help keep our kindergarten community up to date with Centre activities and news, we are adding a blog to our website. We will feature articles by our educators, include photos and stories, and share the children’s learning adventures. We will also include relevant changes in Government policies about Child Care regulations, and Childcare assistance for families.

Pinterest Page

We have established a Pinterest page as a resource for parents and staff. Click on the Pinterest button in the sidebar and check it out. We would appreciate feedback and suggestions to improve our page.

Brooklyn Kindy Ipad

Information Evening – Screen Time for Pre-schoolers                                                                            Wednesday 17th June, 6.00pm to 7.00 pm

This will be an interactive evening, so bring your IPads and tablets.

We will share current research and recommendations for using I.T. with young children. We will discuss the pros and cons, and include some ideas of how to select programs wisely.

 

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Environment at Brooklyn Park Kindergarten

Management and staff work together to ensure that our environment and equipment at the Kindergarten are high quality. We chose high quality wooden furniture for the centre, and we have several sets of beautiful wooden blocks for construction.

As much as possible we use natural materials for activities. You have probably noticed the emphasis on sustainability and recycling throughout our operations. We are adding fruit trees and vegetable beds to our garden. There are four bins for recycling and rubbish, and the children use these expertly. We have a worm farm for our food scraps.

We will be adding more fruit trees, and a water feature in the near future.

 

 

 

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