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Montessori School

on October 12, 2015

This afternoon at 1.00pm I went and visited my new school – a Montessori School. First we went inside the gates and went to the office. We met the admin/ enrolment lady. Her name is Bec. I know her last name but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say it here on my blog. She took us into the office and gave mum some paperwork. Then she showed us our class rooms and told us that Tahina and I would go with the 9 – 12 year olds, which is Stage 3. Cohen will be with the 6 – 9 year olds which is Stage 2. Bec also told us that during the morning period of school work, we could go down to the library anytime we wanted to, to get information. I think that is super cool. Then she took us back to the office and gave mum more paper work and introduced us to the principal. The principal’s name is Raquel. Raquel asked some questions about our travels and home school. For example I told Raquel that we go to the library and do our home school on our iPads for three hours. Raquel told us that at school, we will do less computers and more hand writing. I told Raquel that it was good (to do handwriting) because I like writing. After meeting Raquel, we organised with Bec to observe the school tomorrow morning at 9.30am. I am really looking forward to observing Montessori school. Bec also said we cannot officially start Montessori until the end of the week so it looks like Mum will be home schooling us until then!

Before our meeting today, I had already researched about Montessori and this is what I wrote about it.

Montessori is a type of school where you are given your school work for the fortnight and you do it within that period. You can work independently or in a group with friends. The idea of Montessori was created by an Italian physician, educator and innovator, Maria Montessori. She thought that kids should work independently and that kids should focus more on a subject that they are interested in.

The Montessori school puts different ages together in a classroom. These are the age groups: 3-6, 6-9, 9-12. I will be in the 9-12 year olds. The reason they have age groups is so that the little ones can learn from the older group and the older kids can learn to guide and be good role models.

Montessori School is different from normal public schools in many ways. This is how:

In Montessori, you don’t wear a school uniform;

You focus more on subjects that you like;

You can work on your school work when you want;

You have the freedom to ask questions;

The teachers try to guide you instead of telling you what to do;

Montessori looks more like a home rather than a school and I like that! That is what I know about Montessori so far.

Before we left Montessori School today, Bec asked me to write down any questions that I had. Here are my questions:

  1. Does the school have a canteen?
  2. How is Montessori different from Public School?
  3. What are the most important subjects in Montessori?
  4. What is the Montessori school bus used for?
  5. Do children go on excursions?
  6. Why are there no school uniform?
  7. How does a teacher or the school determine when a student can go up a level on a subject?

Bye!

Kalani.

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A picture of Montessori School.

A picture of Montessori School.

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2 responses to “Montessori School

  1. Hi Kalani,

    This is Raquel. It was lovely to meet you and your family, both yesterday and again today. Here are my answers to your questions.

    Does the school have a canteen? No. Children bring their own healthy lunches and snacks. However, we do a lot of cooking in our work cycle. Children cut up fruit and vegetables to share at snack time. Sometimes, children choose to cook a meal to share with the class. When this happens, they design their menu, find recipes, write a shopping list, go up to the shops (as a Going Out trip – see below) to do their shopping, bring it back, cook it, set the table and share the meal with their class.

    How is Montessori different from Public School? See this link: https://montessori.org.au/montessori/differences.htm

    What are the most important subjects in Montessori? In Montessori schools the subjects that we study are: Maths, English, Geometry, Zoology, Botany, Sport (PDHPE), History, Geography (which for us includes Science), Music, Grace and Courtesy (welbeing studies), Art. They are all equally important.

    What is the Montessori school bus used for? It is not really used at the moment. It hasn’t worked for a few years. Also, given that we are near a train station, we tend to take the train for our excursion travel (and sometimes we hire buses as well).

    Do children go on excursions? Yes! We go on lots of excursions and also on what we call Going Out’ trips. Going Out trips are trips designed and organised by students for small groups based on something that they are studying or a project that they are working on. For example, you might be studying dinosaurs with a friend and want to visit the Australian Museum to look at their dinosaur exhibit. You might be doing this with 2 friends. You might then organise the trip, including figuring out the cost, how to get their and an adult to go with you. The adult’s job is to ensure your safety, but they do not help you in any way. The trip is fully designed and executed by the student. They are lots of fun! We believe that by going out into the world you are learning independence and responsibility, which we encourage.

    Why are there no school uniform? We believe that each child should be respected for who they are and encouraged to express themselves and their own unique style. Clothing is one way in which human beings express their individuality.

    How does a teacher or the school determine when a student can go up a level on a subject? A Student’s work is closely monitored by the teacher. When the teacher sees that the student is ready for the next lesson, they quietly invite the child and give them that next lesson.

    I hope I have answered your questions adequately. We look forward to seeing you soon at school.

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