Children’s House education aims to encourage sensorial-perception, motor, representational and linguistic skills via “practical life” materials (that aim to achieve personal independence, analysis, control and learning through movement by using pouring, dressing frames and activities that help develop fine motor skills) and structured materials (sensorial, logical-mathematical, written and spoken language and cosmic education). It is important to remember that the objectives are knowledge and behaviour changes that are part of the work of the children themselves.
The general objectives of the Montessori method can be identified as:
Children organise their own work through:
• practical life activities;
• sensory activities;
• language activities;
• logical-mathematical activities;
• cosmic education activities;
• English language activities;
• manual activities;
• music education activities.
The micro nursery welcomes children from the age of 6 months in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere which allows them to grow through sensory, motor and meaningful emotional and affective experiences. Materials are designed according to needs, skills and the age of the children since everyone must be able to find a suitable environment to have experiences appropriate to them. In the building the classroom of the micro nursery connects to the that of the toddler programme that welcomes children of two and three years old in two different spaces, one organised for Montessori work and the other equipped for naps and relaxation activities with reading and cosy corners. The Children’s House welcomes children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old in heterogeneous age and gender groups. The mixed group favours learning; small children learn from older ones and vice versa and older children feel responsible for smaller ones. In some activities such as psychomotricity and music, children are divided into homogeneous age groups. There are 5 rooms for the Children’s House on the ground floor, 4 are environments fully equipped with Montessori materials and 1 room has cots for afternoon naps. All the rooms from the micro nursery to the Children’s House have restrooms with direct access. The playground for the Children’s House is well-equipped and complies with all applicable safety regulations. There is also a vegetable and flower garden. The Children’s House also has its own Gym for psychomotricity and music activities.
Open since the 2023-2024 school year it welcomes children from the age of six months old.
Maria Montessori identified the ages from 0 to 3 years old as the golden age of human beings, when children create their own reality out of nothing: children at this stage of their lives embody the characteristics of our species, in particular those relating to movement, language and thought. Maria Montessori’s first observations on small children led her to discover needs, sensory skills, the ability to explore and concentrate and reflect on the need to provide children with a suitable environment for their development, to their need to be accepted and to test themselves.
The micro nursery therefore becomes an educational space to listen, observe, a place of emotional, physical, psychological growth for children and of sharing care with parents by trying to go beyond the limits of providing a social service. Children therefore leave their homes to come to a new Home, tailor-made for them where they are allowed to germinate the seeds of their interests.
Established by Law No. 296, article 1, paragraph 630 of the 27th December 2006, the toddler program welcomes children between the ages of two and three years old to provide educational continuity in the first plane of development, that of childhood.
Montessori strongly believed that children have powerful and secret biological and psychological strengths that are all acquired through their efforts and exertions within a suitable environment observed by the “new” teacher.
In our school the new toddler rooms are organised in harmony with the Children’s House to foster the development of children’s potential using specific materials while respecting each individual’s own pace.
Children continue to follow their own inner development plan and guiding instincts within the Children’s House that welcomes children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. Maria Montessori wrote that the objective to focus on “is the study of the necessary conditions for the development of spontaneous activities of the individual, it is the art of arousing joy and enthusiasm for work. The fact of interest which impels one to spontaneous activity is the real psychological key” of education. “The effort of working, studying, learning is the fruit of interest and nothing is assimilated without effort (…). Yet effort is what is actively achieved using one’s own energies and this in turn occurs when there is interest (…). He who in educating seeks to arouse an interest that leads to carry out an action and to follow it with full energy, with constructive enthusiasm, has woken the man” (M. Montessori, Introduction to Psychogeometry).
Interest, activity and effort are the features of spontaneous work and self-education in which children immerse themselves with enthusiasm and love, revealing and building the superior qualities of man. Help me do it myself is not a pedagogical slogan, but a ‘scientific’ question posed by the very nature of the child. The role of the teacher is to free children from what hinders the natural design of their development.
Adults must inspire their action on this principle and in particular on two fundamental tasks:
Full time: from Monday to Friday from h. 9.00 to h.16.00. The great advantage is the flexibility; Children can arrive from 7.30, it is possible to extend the schedule after school from h. 16.00 until h.18.00. The extended day includes an afternoon snack. There are also a variety of extracurricular activities.
The day is planned as follows: