“We must help the child act, think and will for himself.”Dr. Maria Montessori
Newpark Montessori Schools
"Our care of the children should be governed not by the desire to 'make them learn things',but by the endeavour always to keep burning within them the light which is called intelligence." Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori ExplainedThe creator of the Montessori Method, Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952), was Italy's first female physician and it was this scientific background which enabled her to study and better understand the holistic developmental needs of children. Montessori is centred on the principle that aged between birth and six years every child has a great thirst for knowledge and an enormous capacity to absorb information when given the freedom and independence to learn at their own speed. Children are unique and individual competent beings who want to do things for themselves, so the Montessori Method focuses on fostering self-sufficiency and confidence to explore the world around them.
Dr. Montessori believed, contrary to conventional wisdom, that children are not passive vessels that have to be filled; rather the role of the educator is to direct the child in the path of his own natural development. This is why Montessori teachers are referred to as Directresses or Directors. Their task is to reveal to the child the rules of the society in which they live and help the child perfect the tools they need to be an effective member of that society. Montessori education is therefore an aid for life that helps develop the whole personality of the child.In a Montessori environment, children have an immense freedom to choose and make their own decisions, within the limits that promote positive behaviour, courtesy, and respect for others, equipment, and their surroundings. Children graduate from the Montessori environment as dynamic, natural learners with a deeply-rooted desire for knowledge, a capacity for independent thought and a confidence to discover solutions to problems by themselves. Montessori endows each child with firm foundation for later education and life. Dr. Montessori’s life work has become an influential global educational movement, and many of her observations and innovative pedagogical theories have become widely recognised in the educational sector.
At Newpark Montessori School, the class is a calm and carefully prepared child-sized environment in which the wide variety of activities available require exploration using the five senses. This sensorial approach to learning means that your child will build a concrete foundation for knowledge that will lead to later abstract understanding.The specially designed ‘auto-didactic’ Montessori educational materials enable your child to appraise and correct their own work so that they may enjoy a sense of accomplishment and gain valuable judgement skills. Through comprehensive observation and evaluation, the Directress or Director creates an individual learning programme for your child and then gives them one-to-one instruction on how to use the Montessori materials at the point when they are ready for them. Your child may then work independently free from interruption. There is no timetable of lessons, but rather a continuous three-hour work cycle during which your child is able to repeat and perfect their chosen activities, gaining in concentration, perseverance and inner discipline.The mixed age group makes it possible for older children to improve their own knowledge by helping younger children who in turn learn through observing their older partners. By working together rather than directly competing, your child will acquire a healthy pattern of social interaction, a respect for others in their community and the confidence to be the best they can be.
“These words reveal the child's inner needs: "Help me to do it alone."Dr. Maria Montessori
“We must support as much as possible the child’s desires for activity;not wait on him, but educate him to be independent.” Dr. Maria Montessori
Newpark Montessori SchoolOur School provides Montessori education for children rising three up to seven years of age.Our sympathetically converted and restored premises standing in their own grounds offers children space to grow, develop and learn within a carefully prepared Montessori environment. The Schools have their own beautiful private gardens.
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”Dr. Maria Montessori
Newpark Montessori Schoolmeets and exceeds the National Curriculum requirements through awide range of learning materials and experiences. The main areas of learning in the Montessori framework are:
Practical LifeChildren are attracted topractical life exercisesbecause they desire the skillsto function independently inthe world that these activitiesprovide. Children learn howto take care of themselvesand their environment, howto develop grace and courtesyin their social relations, andhow to perfect self-controlover their bodily movements.The activities include many ofthe tasks children see as partof the daily life in their home:washing, polishing, preparingfood, arranging flowers,buttoning shirts, tying shoe-laces, etc. Through thesefamiliar tasks children learnto work at a task frombeginning to end, and developtheir will, their self disciplineand their capacity forconcentration.
Language & PhonicsFreedom of expression isencouraged and we make sure weare continuously labelling theobjects that a child encounters sothat we may help them form arich and extensive vocabulary.Preparation for writing andreading is based in tangibleexperiences to help the childanalyse and better understandthe alphabet, Once the child hasmastered these linguistic toolsthey have the freedom to enjoy,explore and be creative.
CultureIn order for children to feelthat they are a part of theircommunity they must gainrespect for, and knowledgeand understanding of, theworld they live in. Activitiesthat further this aim includeart, craft, dance, music,history, geography, R.E.,botany, zoology and manymore.
MathematicsThe Montessori approach tomathematics uses threedimensional materials which givechildren a concrete understandingof the decimal system. Children donot merely learn to count but trulyunderstand the numerical conceptsof growth, quantity, andsequencing because they have hadboth a visual and tactileexperience of them. This bedrockof comprehension on whichabstract concepts are built willstay with the child throughout theirlife, making mathematics a joy.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of a calming imagination" Dr Maria Montessori
Sensorial ExplorationChildren absorb informationthrough their five senses.Maria Montessori developedactivities made mainly frombeautiful natural materialsthat excite and refine thesenses, and isolate individualqualities such as colour, size,shape, weight, texture,which enable children toclarify, classify andcomprehend the world andheighten their sense of orderand powers of observationand analysis.
“To assist the child we must provide him with an environment, which will enable him to develop freely.”Dr Maria Montessori
Your child is welcome to join us for a nutritious homemade lunch prepared on site by our chef.
A fun-filled Holiday Club is in operation outside term time.
We organise a Breakfast Club and After School Club to help your family with its childcare requirements.
Parental participation in social gatherings & school trips is positively promoted.
Childminding and Return Home Service provided by our trained carers.
Observation visits can be arranged with the Head Directress.
Parents receive continuous written developmental reporting and ongoing communication on all other matters concerning your child and the School.
A variety of creative extra-curricular activities are offered, including music, dance, and foreign languages.
Parents may organise private meetings with Teaching Staff or the Proprietors.
Nursery Education Grant and fee-reduction methods are available.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”Dr. Maria Montessori