Our Sessions

A Playgroup Day

A typical morning session

9.15am - 9.30am Set up time
9.30am - 10.30am Individual / Activity Time
10.30am - 10.50am Morning Tea
10.50am - 11.10am Pack up / Cleaning Time
11.10am - 11.30am Music and Goodbye Time

How to make the most of the Montessori Activities

When you're in a Montessori environment, you may notice a few things about how we go about doing things which are a little different from other environments. These are some of the foundations of the Montessorri Method.

  1. Jobs - The setting of clear processes to designate the start of an activity is important. Activities are set around key themes, and whilst activities may look just like unusual toys to you, Montessori parents call them 'jobs'. Your child will choose a job and bring it to the table to do with you.
  2. The Teaching Role - As 'Directors', parents or carers demonstrate how jobs are done. The Montessori Method has a great focus on visual learning. As a Montessori parent, we demonstrate how best the job is performed. Your child waits until you are finished demonstrating - usually with his or her hands on their laps or on their tables. Then it is time for their turn. When your child is little, this may take a bit of patience but it does work!
  3. Never Interrupt - We try to never interrupt a child when they're exploring a job. Our children learn by exploring. This means we keep chatter to a minimum whilst a child is actively working on any job. This does not mean that they do what they like. They explore the job until they are finished with it. Then they take it back to the shelves and store it away neatly where it came from. Again, this is something your child will become very used to.

Remember though, your children may just want to play and do art and craft which is absolutely fine as well. Over time you may direct them to do some 'Jobs' - let your child lead you into what they would like to do.