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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: .. Esker Manor, Lucan.. ph:.. (01) 61 00 003.. email:.. info@montessorimatters.. ie.. Welcome to Montessori Matters.. Montessori Matters offers a comprehensive education for children aged 2 to 6 years of age in a certified Montessori school.. Our school is currently the only EOCP certified school in Lucan in association with St.. Nicholas Montessori Ireland.. Our teachers have years of experience and are Montessori qualified.. At Montessori Matters our goals are firmly based on the philosophy of Dr.. Maria Montessori.. We are committed to the total development of the whole child, socially, emotionally, physically and culturally, preparing the child for  ...   throughout his life.. Our aim is to constantly promote learning through the Montessori principles and methods of teaching in an environment that is safe, structured, stimulating and flexible.. At Montessori Matters we value all children as individuals and appreciate their uniqueness.. We recognise that parents play a crucial role as primary educators of their children and we are therefore committed to being open, inclusive, welcoming and respectful of all parental input.. We endeavour to enlighten parents on the importance of the child s own environment outside the school as an integral part of the child s overall development.. details..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: ecce pre-school scheme.. In April 2009, the government announced the introduction of The Early Childhood Care Education Scheme (ECCE).. This scheme aims to provide one year of free pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.. For those children who qualify the government will contribute 64.. 50 per week for 3 hours per  ...   due to commence on 1st January 2010 and children born on or between 2nd February 2005 and 30 June 2006 will be eligible to enter the scheme.. Montessori Matters have applied to be participants of the scheme.. When we receive updated information we will post all the details regarding the ECCE scheme on our web site.. For further information or to register your child please call 01-6214286 or email..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: Montessori Matters.. As a service we offer:.. -.. - access to the ECCE Government Pre-School Scheme.. an EOCP Certified School fully equipped and solely dedicated to Montessori teaching qualified teachers with Montessori experience with an understanding, passion andabsorption for the Montessori method of teaching.. a genuine understanding and interest in children s learning abilities.. As a school we offer:.. a fully equipped School with the entire range of Montessori equipment to teach upto age 6.. a full Montessori curriculum which includes an introduction to Irish.. a two year rolling curriculum.. individualised education for each child on a daily basis.. a maximum teacher/child ratio of 1:7.. supervised outdoor recreation  ...   speaker.. parent/teacher meeting each January.. month end progress reports (on request).. end of year school reports for children advancing to primary school.. The School operates a voluntary dress code.. For those parents who wish to avail of this we recommend that your child wear a navy blue or dark tracksuit.. Patterns, stripes, prints etc are fine on the tracksuit and any colour top may be worn underneath.. This dress code is recommended as it develops independence in the children and it allows them to be self reliant when going to the toilet.. If their clothes are dark they are not worried about getting them dirty during school time..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: Why does Montessori group different age levels together?.. Sometimes parents worry that by having younger children in the same class as older ones, one group or the other will be short-changed.. They fear that the younger children will absorb the teachers time and attention, or that the importance of covering the Montessori curriculum for the older children will prevent them from giving the younger children the emotional support and stimulation that they need.. Both concerns are misguided.. At each level, Montessori programs are designed to address the developmental characteristics normal to children in that stage.. Montessori classes are organized to encompass a two or three year age span, which allows younger students the stimulation of older children, who in turn benefit from serving as role models.. Each child learns at their own pace and will be ready for any given lesson in their own time, not on the teacher s schedule of lessons.. In a mixed-age class, children can always find peers who are working at their current level.. Children normally stay in the same class for two to three years.. With over half of the class normally returning each year, the classroom culture tends to remain quite stable.. Working in one class for two or three years allows students to develop a strong sense of community with their classmates and teachers.. The age range also allows especially gifted children the stimulation of intellectual peers and therefore do not feel emotionally out of place.. Should I be concerned by the high number of children in a Montessori Classroom?.. Montessori classes commonly group together a maximum of twenty children covering a three-year age span.. The best teacher of a three-year-old is often another somewhat older child.. This process is good for both the teacher and the younger child.. In this situation, the teacher is not the primary focus.. The larger group size puts the focus less on the adult and encourages children to learn from each other.. By consciously bringing children together in larger multi-age class groups, in which over half of the children normally return each year, the school environment promotes continuity and the development of a stable community.. Why does Montessori encourage a five day programme?.. Two and three day programs often suit parents who do not need full time; however, five-day programs create the consistency that is so important to young children and which is essential in developing strong Montessori programs.. Since the primary goal of Montessori involves creating a culture of consistency, order and routine, most Montessori schools offer five days a week.. Why do fees for Montessori vary from service to service?.. Montessori programs are normally more expensive to organise and run than playschools due to the education needed to become qualified and the very high cost of purchasing the wonderful Montessori and educational materials needed to equip a Montessori classroom.. Montessori costs depend on many factors, including the cost of the various elements that go into running a particular school, such as the cost of the building; teacher qualifications, experience and salaries; achieving certification of a school and the extensive curriculum it offers.. Why does Montessori start at age two and a half?.. Dr.. Montessori identified four planes of development , with each stage having its own developmental characteristics and developmental challenges.. The Early Childhood Montessori environment for children age two and a half to six is designed to work with the absorbent mind, sensitive periods , and the tendencies of children at this stage of their development.. Learning that takes place during these years comes spontaneously without effort, leading children to enter the primary classes with a clear, concrete sense of many abstract concepts.. Montessori helps children to become self-motivated, self-disciplined, and to retain the sense of curiosity that so many children lose along the way in traditional classrooms.. They tend to act with care and respect toward their environment and each other.. They are able to work at their own pace and ability.. The two/three year Montessori experience tends to nurture a joy of learning that prepares them for further challenges.. This process seems to work best when children enter a Montessori program at age two and a half or three and stay at least two years.. How can Montessori teachers meet the needs of so many different children?.. Great teachers help their students get to the point where their minds and hearts are open, leaving them ready to learn.. In effective schools, students are not so much motivated by getting good grades as they are by a basic love of learning.. As parents know their own children s learning styles and temperaments, teachers, too, develop this sense of each child s uniqueness by spending a number of years with the students and their  ...   Montessori classrooms incorporate art, music, song and dance throughout the curriculum.. Imagination plays a central role, as children explore how the natural world works.. What about children with special needs in a Montessori setting?.. Every child has areas of special gifts, a unique learning style, and some areas that can be considered special challenges.. Each child is unique.. Montessori is designed to allow for differences.. It allows students to learn at their own pace and is quite flexible in adapting for different learning styles.. In many cases, children with mild physical handicaps or learning disabilities may do very well in a Montessori classroom setting.. On the other hand, some children do much better in a smaller, more structured classroom.. Each situation has to be evaluated individually to ensure that the program can successfully meet a given child s needs and learning style.. Why is there a lot of emphasis on freedom and independence in Montessori?.. Children touch and manipulate everything in their environment.. In a sense, the human mind is handmade, because through movement and touch, the child explores, manipulates, and builds a storehouse of impressions about the physical world around them.. Children learn best by doing, and this requires movement and spontaneous investigation.. Montessori children are free to move about, working alone or with others at will.. They may select any activity and work with it as long as they wish, so long as they do not disturb anyone or damage anything, and as long as they put it back where it belongs when they are finished.. Many exercises at the early childhood level are designed to draw children s attention to the sensory properties of objects within their environment: size, shape, colour, texture, weight, smell, sound, etc.. Gradually, they learn to pay attention, seeing more clearly small details in the things around them.. They have begun to observe and appreciate their environment.. This is a key in helping children discover how to learn.. Freedom is a second critical issue as children begin to explore.. The goal of Montessori is less to teach them facts and concepts, but rather to help them to fall in love with the process of focusing their complete attention on something and mastering its challenge with enthusiasm.. Work assigned by adults rarely results in such enthusiasm and interest as does work that children freely choose for themselves.. The prepared environment of the Montessori class is a learning laboratory in which children are allowed to explore, discover, and select their own work.. The independence that the children gain is not only empowering on a social and emotional basis, but it is also intrinsically involved with helping them become comfortable and confident in their ability to master the environment, ask questions, puzzle out the answer, and learn without needing to be spoon-fed by an adult.. What if a child doesn t feel like working?.. While Montessori students are allowed considerable latitude to pursue topics that interest them, this freedom is not absolute.. Within every society there are cultural norms; expectations for what a student should know and be able to do by a certain age.. Experienced Montessori teachers are conscious of these standards and provide as much structure and support as is necessary to ensure that students live up to them.. If for some reason it appears that a child needs time and support until he or she is developmentally ready, Montessori teachers provide it non-judgmentally.. Will my child be able to adjust to primary school after Montessori?.. By the end of age five, Montessori children are normally curious, self-confident learners who look forward to going to school.. They are normally engaged, enthusiastic learners who honestly want to learn and who ask excellent questions.. Montessori children by age five have spent two or three years in a school where they were treated with honesty and respect.. While there were clear expectations and ground rules, within that framework, their opinions and questions were taken seriously.. It is not hard to imagine an independent Montessori child asking his new teacher, But why do I have to ask each time I need to use the bathroom? , Why do I have to stay sitting on this chair all day? , or Why do I have to stop my work right now? We also have to remember that children are different.. There is nothing inherent in Montessori that causes children to have a hard time when they progress on to primary school.. Some may say they are bored! Others may not understand why everyone in the class has to do the same thing at the same time! But overall children always adapt to their new setting quickly, making new friends, and succeeding within the definition of success understood in their new school..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: Montessori Timetable.. A.. M.. Session.. P.. 9.. 00-9.. 40.. Arrive at school.. 1.. 30-1.. 40-10.. 30.. Circle Time.. 40-2.. 10.. 30-11.. Montessori Work.. 2.. 30-3.. 11.. 40-12.. 00.. Break Time.. 3.. 40-4.. 12.. 00-12.. 20.. Garden Time.. 4.. 00-4.. 20-12.. Prepare for Home Time.. 20-4.. Arrive at School.. Arriving for school on time is extremely important for children even at this young age! Being on time allows the children to have a pleasant transition from the home to the school environment, easing them in gently and calmly.. Their teachers are always there to greet and interact with them on arrival, settling them for their day ahead.. Circle time starts at 9.. 40 a.. m.. and 1.. 40 p.. so it s also important that the children do not miss any of the wonderful themes we learn each week.. Circle Time.. Each day the children start their day with Circle Time which is where the exciting group work takes place! Each day the children will start circle time discussing the calendar in both English and Irish.. Each week we will discuss our chosen theme.. We will also have lots of fun learning about our sounds and numbers.. We start by introducing a number each week from 1 to 10 and then progress onto the sounds a to z.. Each sound will be taught using the phonic method helping the children along when learning sounds through their one-on-one Montessori work.. Irish and French will be introduced on a monthly basis (French commences in the third term), teaching the children basics such as days of the week, months of year, colours, etc.. Montessori Work Time.. The children will work with both Montessori and educational materials.. All materials are categorized into Practical Life, Sensorial, Maths, Language and Culture.. Because each child is at a different stage of development they will learn at their own pace and are  ...   to the weekly theme.. This normally takes place each Wednesday or Thursday; it can vary from week to week.. The children actively participate in Arts and Craft s and all work taken home is completed solely by the children.. There may be times when some of the arts n crafts may require templates and the teachers will prepare these.. However, the children will always finish the project and what they take home is their own work.. Secret Phonic Bag.. Each day the classroom assistant will have an additional job to do.. It is their job to bring home our special phonic bag.. The bag has a sound written on the front which is the sound we are learning in circle time that week.. Your child is required to find something at home beginning with the sound of the week , put it in the bag, and bring it back into school the following day, e.. g.. a for apple, b for bat etc.. They are not allowed tell anyone what is in the bag, as we will all try to guess in circle time! If it is a difficult sound and you cannot find an object, why not draw a picture instead or print one from your computer! This is a fun interactive way to help the children learn their phonics whilst extending some of the Montessori method into the home environment.. We would ask that you put only one or two items in the bag.. Participation is important to your child so please try to remember the bag when it is your child s turn.. Song and Rhyme Time.. The children will learn songs and rhymes throughout their time in school during circle time.. A Song and Rhyme sheet will be included in their pouch each month which includes most of the songs and rhymes that your child will learn during that month..

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    Descriptive info: Where did the Montessori method originate?.. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) created the Montessori Method of Education.. She became the first female physician in Italy and as a physician she came into frequent contact with working class and poor children.. It is from her experiences she observed that children build themselves from what they find in their environment.. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed rather than as a blank slate waiting to be written upon.. Initially Montessori worked with intellectually challenged children.. She recognised their need for stimulation, purposeful activity and self-esteem, and she set up a programme teaching them how to look after themselves and their environment.. She then went  ...   of education developed in her Children s House s.. She found that little children were capable of long periods of quiet concentration.. They responded positively to an atmosphere of calm and order.. She noticed that a young child s love for a consistent and often-repeated routine is an environment in which everything has a place.. Montessori discovered that the environment itself was all-important in obtaining the results that she had observed.. Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every method Montessori developed was based on what she observed children to do naturally , by themselves, unassisted by adults.. Maria Montessori is credited with the development of the open classroom, individualised education, manipulative learning materials, teaching toys and programmed instruction..

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    Descriptive info: What is the EOCP Montessori Ireland Certificate?.. Under funding from the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP) in association with St.. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland structures have been put in place to support and advise Montessori Pre-school providers, with a view to developing standards and quality provision nationally.. Diversity of choice in the type of pre-school service you as a parent choose for your child is essential and if your preference is for a Montessori Pre-school you need to be confident that what you pay for has credibility and  ...   for the Montessori Environment from a recognised Montessori Organisation.. As the Montessori method of educating the preschool child requires particular materials and training, it is essential that parents look for appropriate credentials.. The EOCP Montessori Ireland Certificate is one such standard that parents can look for when viewing a facility.. Parents can be confident that with this certification the facility is notified to the HSE, is guided by the Childcare Regulations and has an adequately structured Montessori Environment.. Montessori Matters is currently the only EOCP certified school in Lucan..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: How does a Montessori Education benefit your child?.. Whilst children may get the opportunity to play and mix with other children through childcare or playgroups they may not necessarily be developing their full potential.. The first six years of a child s life are vital for their development as they absorb all things around them.. It is during these first six years that all patterns for their future thought and behaviour are firmly established.. The Montessori method of education is based on the fact that children pass through phases that, at certain stages throughout their development, they have sensitivity to learning.. If any phase during the child s development is hindered or missed, it will have an adverse effect on him.. For example, a child s sensitivity to language begins around 3 months and lasts up to  ...   to develop their potential.. They will be introduced to skills and qualities necessary for them to live in a full, independent and safe way.. They will learn skills they will require in every day life - personal development, care of the environment, care of the person and social skills.. They will work with materials to develop their five senses.. They will experience the joy of learning to read and write through language development.. Culture will introduce them to the world they live in, as well as others societies and traditions.. And through maths, they will gain an excitement and affection for problem solving that many of us never experienced.. Most importantly, Montessori Matters will aim to assist your child to develop a love of learning and to enjoy work, which will stay with him throughout his life..

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  • Title: Montessori Matters
    Descriptive info: School Guidelines.. A copy of school Policies and Procedures and Health and Safety Manual can be obtained on request..

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    Descriptive info: How is Montessori applied in the classroom?.. At Montessori Matters we recognise every child s need to learn.. This is enhanced through the principles of Montessori by way of active participation.. The teacher is there to direct your child, not to teach him; to encourage, never discourage.. She offers direction to him when needed, allowing him the freedom within a prepared environment to learn, develop and grow.. She starts by being active by presenting activities to each child and then gradually becomes passive as each child becomes more active in their learning.. At Montessori Matters we offer a structured programme in an open classroom environment,  ...   that your child s development is closely monitored and followed up daily.. The school will fully satisfy the requirements of your child s absorbent mind, his sensitive periods and his three stage learning process.. The classroom is non-competitive; your child will choose his own work and will do it at his own pace.. Whilst having defined structures, the classroom will allow flexibility and will be open to encourage full development of the whole child.. The Montessori environment will fully satisfy the requirements of your child s developmental stages.. They will explore the world through their senses and own activity.. They will develop a love of learning..

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    Descriptive info: The Content of Montessori.. The Montessori Matters curriculum caters for children from 2 to 6 years.. The children enter a prepared and ordered environment.. There is no front or back to the classroom, nor do the children have particular desks.. The materials are kept on low open shelves where there is intentionally only one of each piece of equipment.. This encourages self-discipline, as each child must wait its turn.. They are given the opportunity and responsibility of choosing their own work and over a period, the children develop into a kinship, working with high concentration and with few interruptions.. The children learn to co-operate and interact successfully with other classmates and teachers.. In Montessori the teaching goes from simple to complex, first introducing the topic gradually, as a whole, and then going into specific detail, always refining the information increasing the child s knowledge.. For example, the children first learn about the world and what it is made of, they then explore each continent, and then refine their learning to their own country.. The Montessori curriculum allows children preparing for primary to develop their full potential, building their leadership skills and confidence, establishing them as valued and respected members of their community.. Subjects.. The Montessori materials within the classroom environment are a starting block.. The materials give each child the vocabulary needed to start out life with.. They are the tools to get him started with the environment as the building block.. The Montessori work is taught to the children on a one to one basis at their own pace.. Practical Life.. The Practical Life activities are the first activities introduced and allow your child to try to do what adults around him are seen to do every day.. The Practical Life area of a classroom is an extension your  ...   the child s five senses, thereby sharpening his intellect and control preparing him for more advanced exercises in maths, language and geometry.. The exercises give each child the vocabulary they need to start out with, words such as height, width, etc.. The child then takes these words and uses them in his environment.. The child completes one step at a time, progressively moving from simple to complex.. Where possible, each sense is isolated to provide an intense experience.. Exercises include, the Colour Boxes, the Touch Tablets and the Sound Boxes.. Language.. Language is involved in every aspect of the Montessori environment from Practical Life to Sensorial but it is also introduced through a step-by-step programme starting with the Sandpaper Letters.. Each child will be introduced to sounds and words developing their reading and writing skills.. Exercises include, the Large Moveable Alphabet, Object and Word Boxes, Sentence Strips.. Culture.. Culture is made up of History, Geography, Science, Nature and Fine Arts.. The subjects develop each child s individual skills, increase their vocabulary and reading skills, increase their knowledge, develop their physical skills, satisfy their senses, teach them changes and life cycles in life and nature, and teach them ecology and aspects of different cultures.. Culture helps the child understand where he is in the world and the important contribution he has to offer.. Exercises include, the Sandpaper Globe, the Jigsaw Map of the Continents, and Sandpaper Landforms.. Maths.. Maths is introduced the child from the first day.. It teaches them the study of form, quantity, numbers and relations.. It allows him to understand analysis and clear reasoning.. It teaches him to sort events into classes and categories and introduces awareness of relationships between classes and categories.. Above all, it teaches logic.. Exercises include, the Number Rods, Cards and Counters, Naming with Beads..

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