This week we’re featuring Peninsula Montessori Centre! We spoke to Charlotte, who began as a parent and chairperson at PMC and then became an educator there in 2001, about what it means to be a Montessori service!
#TRYPMC follows the Montessori method developed by Dr Maria Montessori in 1907. Montessori named her classrooms Casa dei Bambini (House of the children) to recognise that it was a place for the children to explore, care for and feel a sense of belonging and ownership over which places the importance on the children, not the educator. This style of education provides a strong focus on encouraging independence, collaboration and helps to prepare the child for future life. Everything in a Montessori classroom is purposeful and both challenges and supports the child to learn valuable life skills. The teaching method includes a lot of observation which allows the educators to provide opportunities for the child to explore and expand on what they already know.
The Montessori Method at PMC focuses on the needs of the child. The space is homely and comfortable and allows the child to take ownership of the space. “It’s the children’s room, not our room. It’s a space that we want the children to feel comfortable in and feel nurtured in but a space that they are ultimately in control of. It’s the children’s house”
A great example of the PMC learning style is the fun activities that the educators suggest to the children and then allow them to take responsibility and ownership of what they are doing. Last week, after a suggestion from an educator, the class decided to put together all of their tables to make a long banquet table so that they could all have lunch together. The children put their minds together in order to help each other rearrange tables and chairs and set them up beautifully with no help from the educators. This purposeful activity encouraged the children to not only learn the value of communication, negotiation, turn taking and the sharing of ideas but also builds a sense of community through sharing a meal together. These types of life skills are experienced and are invaluable to their future lives.
Casa Allegra is a long day care service run as a Cycle 1 Montessori classroom (also incorporating a kinder programme) – open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:15pm for children 3 years to 5 ½ years old.
Contact Charlotte to find out more about our playgroup and Small Group or to book a tour.