"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."
- Maria Montessori
Wollaston Hill Montessori School
Runs a School Year Program
For Preschool and Kindergarten Children
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 12:30pm
Children must be at least 2 years and 9 months old to start school
In a Montessori classroom preschool and kindergarten children work alongside each other in a very natural learning environment. The younger children learn from observing the older children, and the older children reinforce their skills and their confidence, by teaching the younger children. Each child works at their own pace and with activities that interest them. The teacher/guide moves quietly around the classroom, giving individual lessons, as they are needed. The classroom is calm and the children are all happily engaged in work.
At the Wollaston Hill Montessori School, we take great care in developing the whole child. Activities such as yoga, art, music and dance are on offer on a daily basis for those who are interested. At the end of our morning's work, we then go outside to play in the fresh air before going home. Healthy snacks of fresh fruit and vegetables are enjoyed each morning, and any peel is collected in our small compost bin. Each Friday, we bring that bin to our neighbor's house to empty into their large compost bin, and take time to explore their garden.
Taking care of our environment is important to us and our school strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We never buy paper for art projects. Instead, we cut up used tissue boxes, old envelopes, pasta boxes, etc. Newsletters and other information is always emailed to families. The hand-soaps that we use are all made from natural ingredients. This also protects little hands from harsh, drying chemicals. These are just a few ways in which we strive to educate our little ones and their families on how to be more mindful in the care of our planet.
Please see below, to learn a little about our main subject areas of the classroom.
Our gallery section will also show you more photos of our children at work and at play.
Children love to help and here at WHMS, they are given every opportunity to "do it for themselves". They learn how to take care of their own needs and their environment. They dress themselves for outdoor play, clean up after snack, sweep the floor, water the plants, rake the leaves, dust the shelves etc. In doing so, they gain independence, take pride in keeping their school clean, and also learn how to work as a team
Through Maria Montessori's studies of how children learn, she discovered that the period from birth to age 6 was critical for the development of children through the senses. As a result, she created materials like the Pink Tower, the Red Rods, the Geometric Solids, the Smelling Jars, the Sound Boxes, etc., so that children would be able to refine their skills, using all of their senses during these formative years.
Within the Montessori classroom there are 4 areas of learning related to Language: Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading. Many of the exercises from the areas of Practical Life and Sensorial indirectly prepare the child for writing and reading. Continuous work with these materials strengthens the pincer grip, leading to better pencil control. The Sandpaper Letters and the Metal Insets are just some of the materials that your child will explore here at WHMS.
"Children display a universal love of mathematics, which is par excellence the science of precision, order, and intelligence."
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Montessori observed that children enjoy touching, stacking, sorting and handling objects as they count them. It is through this manipulation that the children learn about quantities, sequencing and patterns. This sets the foundation for basic mathematical principles.
Dr. Maria Montessori called science, geography, history, art and social studies the "cultural subjects". She believed that the understanding of these subjects is what makes a person "cultured". Here at the WHMS, the cultural subjects are taught in a very specific order (big picture to smaller parts) and are integrated into the curriculum. The children enjoy learning dances from India and Ireland, drumming to an African beat, listening to their breath in Yoga and creating their own masterpieces through Art.