Parent & Toddler Group

By: Meadowbrook Montessori School  05/05/2013
Keywords: Child Nursery, montessori, Montessori Nursery

The age range of the children catered for currently is 18 months (or from the time the child walks independently and is considered ‘ready’) to the time the child is two and a half or three years of age and considered ready to enter the Pre-Primary Department. One parent or carer, attends with the child for 2 hours, once a week (or more), in an environment especially set up to facilitate the child’s growing need for independence. The room contains only child sized furniture and specially designed Montessori activities and materials that cater for the children’s physical proportions and their stage of development thus laying the foundations of future learning. The focus is on five key areas of development: Sensory/perceptual development Practical life/self help skills Physical/motor development Social/emotional development Language development All activities/materials are set out in such a way that children can use them with the minimum of adult assistance and parents are made aware of the importance in allowing their children to complete and repeat tasks without interruption or interference. In this way children build up their concentration span. These and other Montessori principles will be shared and modelled throughout the sessions and will provide parents with hands-on experience of the practical application of the Montessori philosophy of education. Each session will follow the same format so as to capitalise on the importance of repetition for the young child. The range of specially designed activities offered will include: Language enrichment exercises Exercises to refine eye-hand co-ordination and visual discrimination Practical life exercises Music & instrumental opportunities Individual snack time (refreshments brought in and prepared by the children themselves) group time The overall objective of the Montessori Parent and Toddler Session, is to increase the parent’s awareness of the child’s capabilities and need for independence, with a view to transferring the understanding of the child’s stage of development from the Parent/Toddler Group onto many applications in the home environment, both the physical and psychological aspects of the environment (i.e. the actual materials in the environment as well as our attitude to the child.). It is also hoped that by having this special time each week with their child in a specially prepared environment, without the interruptions experienced at home, the relationship between parent and child also stands to benefit.

Keywords: Child Nursery, montessori, Montessori Nursery, Montessori Nursery School

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