Programs

Our Infant Program aims to:

Nurture the interests, curiosity and developmental needs of children 2-3 years of age. Provide stimulating, hands-on and practical activities that develop skills of independence while engaging with others in a caring environment. We utilise a combination of specialised Montessori equipment and activities adapted to the principles of Montessori education. Lay the foundations of future learning by developing a broad range of skills to foster independence, self-discipline and concentration while also educating the senses (e.g. visual, auditory, tactile). Support parents in understanding the developmental needs of their young children. Engage parents in furthering their understanding of Montessori Education, its philosophy and application.

At this age, toddlers develop different functions related to movement and intellect, each at first separately and then in combination. This phase is also termed the "unconscious creator", in which children absorb the environment around them and construct their reality.

The class:

This class of maximum 15 children is run by the Directress and her assistant. In a nurturing, caring environment children are introduced to the rules of the classroom and playground. The development of relationship skills is very important: getting on with self and others, learning to accept boundaries, to respect the rights of others and to stand up for one's own rights - all these skills form a large part of the programme. Emphasis is also placed on developing language skills and encouraging independence.

The daily programme:

The typical day's programme includes: morning ring, Sloka recitation & meditation, followed by activities involving colours, shapes, numbers and letters. A forty minute work cycle on life skills includes each child's choice and use of Montessori sensorial equipment. The programme continues with games, songs, rhymes and art activity. A period is allocated to free play, story time, lunch and sleep. Toilet training takes place throughout the day.

In this this age group, these youngsters are transforming into the "conscious worker". Children become absorbed in perfecting activities they only observed during the 2 - 3 year old age group. Eighty percent of the child's brain is developed within the first six years of life, a time which forms the foundation for later living and learning. The will of the child is developed through encouragement and praise, which in turn develops concentration. Using the sensitive period of repetition the child is encouraged to aim for perfection. Consequently, independence, self-confidence and concentration are achieved. Early education is vital.

The 3 - 6 year olds need to learn to make a clear distinction between fantasy and reality and teachers and parents alike help them in making this distinction.

The class:

Cremon Buds Montessori School will only accommodate 20 children each per class with the Directress constantly at the helm of all learning activities, monitoring and supervising and guiding her assistants. The children work with specially designed Montessori materials, which provide a concrete base to abstract understanding. Formalized learning of writing, reading and numeracy also begins during this stage.

The daily programme:

Daily activities include: Morning ring, Slokas & Meditation , a two hour work cycle, which includes learning life skills, numeracy and literacy, using the Montessori equipment chosen by the child. This is followed by free-play, lunch and group activities, which include nature walks, art, crafts, basic cooking/baking and music lessons.

The programme is balanced with outings to places of interest. Drama is encouraged and all children take part in the annual play, as well as celebrating festival days. The playground is designed to encourage balance, large muscle co-ordination and ball skills.

Sport and extra-mural activities:

Activities available to this group are: ballet, playball, monkeynastics and swimming (summer only).

Parent Educational Participation

The role as a parent is paramount and a strong partnership between you and the school will play a vital role in your child's education. We are convinced that children benefit from interaction with parents and other adults in the school. Children need to be listened to by adults. This is how they experience the worth of their ideas and learn to appreciate the company of a wide range of people.

Assisting Staff & Classes

We encourage parents to share their special skills and interests with staff and students; assist in your child's classroom; lend a hand on excursions; contribute resources or provide vital input into even fundraising activities. However, your most valuable contribution will be your enthusiasm for your child's Montessori Education, and a keenness to complement it at home. We encourage you to read, ask questions, and so continue to learn more about the Montessori approach.

Reporting

Our commitment to Montessori principles ensures that we will keep parents and students informed about, and included in, the child's progress & development, the educational program and the child's self evaluation and goal setting. Our reports are designed to give a summary of what students have achieved in their learning. This information is gained by diagnostic testing in core curriculum areas and other forms of teacher assessment, review of student work and teacher judgement / observation about student progress, attitude and effort. The written reports should be viewed in conjunction with all of the different forms of reporting throughout the year to give a complete picture of progress. When viewed as a whole, parents should be able to gain an understanding of their child's strengths, interests, challenges and areas for further learning.

Our reporting procedures throughout the year are as follows:
  1. Teacher/Parent interviews + Reports
  2. Teacher / Parent Interviews & Written Reports
  3. Snap Shot Report
  4. End of Year Written Reports

We are committed to developing quality home-school partnerships. Therefore we will communicate in a variety of ways e.g. Informal chats, Class Newsletters, emails, Interviews upon request, Specific Information Evenings, Phone Calls.