The older children have the opportunity to become role models and teachers for the younger children reinforcing what they have learned themselves. The younger children learn from observing and working with the older children. The older child finds himself in a position of responsibility, and by showing younger children what he knows, affirms to himself, more surely than any test, the extent of his learning.
In a Montessori classroom, children are free to choose their own work within limits and remain with that work as long as their interest is engaged. As a result, the atmosphere in a Montessori classroom is calm, non-competitive, and industrious. Such an environment fosters self-confidence and provides a base from which cooperation, understanding, tolerance, and responsibility is learned. Cooperation replaces competition as the
driving force within these mini-societies. When three age levels are represented in a class, children connect with others at their developmental level, not just their numerical age.
The social structure of the class is like a microcosm of society, different ages of children working together in harmony. The third year of the cycle allows each child to maximise their individual potential by synthesizing and expanding upon the concepts they have learned. The auto-education facilitated by the prepared environment means that each child is learning and developing at his own pace.
With regards to the Lollikids Montessori Curriculum we have integrated both Montessori and Traditional approach of education and this is to equip our children’s over all development to be competitive when they move to bigger schools.
Classroom routines are classified in Big and Small Group. BIG GROUP ROUTINES emphasize on Montessori Cycle and Extensions, while SMALL GROUP ROUTINES focus on the children according to their age group.
Thus, 3 to 4 and 5 to 6 years old children are grouped to take up lessons according to their level and skills specifically stimulating their learning experiences.
“... Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” Dr. Maria Montessori
First Buddies: 7 months-2 years: 3-5 times a week
In our First Buddies Class, our little ones experience social interaction with other children in a warm and nurturing environment. The child’s individual emerging personality is respected. We provide an environment where children are safe, secure and are allowed to explore at their own pace.
Stepping Stones: 2-3 years: 3-5 times a week
Our focus for the 2-3 year old children is to allow the children to explore their environment naturally according to their individual interest and inner needs. This is the time to prepare the children for learning the basic social skills, language, math and science concepts through playing and everyday life activities in a very concrete way.
Kindergarten: 3-6 years: 5 times a week
The Kindergarten children will have opportunities each day for individual work, group activities, cooperative play and interaction with other children and teachers in the Montessori environment. The children are exposed to different areas of interest such as Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural Studies, Arts and Crafts, Music and Physical Education. Concrete Montessori exercises enable them to learn
many different concepts at their own pace and level readiness.
MIXED AGE GROUP From 3 to 6 years old
The Lollikids Pre-school observes the mixed-age principle in Montessori Education. It is a relevant approach observed in a Montessori environment. Learners work together in classes that span a three-year age group, typically ages 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 13-14 years. All Montessori classes are based on a three-year cycle. Montessori philosophy is based on the growth of the child at his own pace and developmental level. The children are grouped with others of similar needs in each curricular area, working with older or younger
children as appropriate. This arrangement allows each child to learn at his or her own pace regardless of chronological age, and allows children to learn from each other.