About Little Steps

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Our Values

Little Steps Montessori Preschool aspires to be a leader in, and strong advocates for quality Montessori inspired early childhood education. We endeavour to offer an enlightening and nurturing environment that motivates each of our tamariki/children to reach their true potential.

As teachers, we focus on achieving our vision through working collaboratively, This means that we can support one another, model appropriate behavior and share our love of learning.

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Our Curriculum

Practical life activities give the children an understanding of their environment and how it works. These activities are seen by the children in their own homes. They enjoy all types of work. They also enjoy keeping the environment beautiful for others to use. This work builds their self-esteem, giving them a feeling of value. In addition, practical life activities also develop manual dexterity. Every exercise in this area has a useful purpose.

We begin our study with the children according to their home culture. We give them a rich experience of the culture in which they live. Then we expand from home culture to other cultures and places. As in arts and music, the directress will follow the children’s interests and cater for them individually. Children have a great natural interest in living things and biology is the study of living organisms, plants and animals. The two major areas are zoology and botany.

 

In the Montessori classroom, we bring in as many different living things as possible. This allows for “real things” to be explored. All these experiences are given on the oral level first. The information gained can be greatly enriched once the child is at the reading level. For History, we talk about the children’s personal timeline. The children can create a personal timeline with the numbers 1 – 5 (or however old they may be) and draw what they were doing at each specific age.

We offer opportunities for whānau/family to understand and contribute to our learning programme by engaging them in our learning stories!
Using photos, art work and written work, individual learning stories document progress, assess current needs and plan future steps for each
tamariki/child. These stories are always available to our tamariki/children and whānau/parents.

Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. Sensorial exercises were designed by Montessori to cover every quality that can be perceived by the senses such as size, shape, composition, texture, loudness or softness, matching, weight, temperature, etc.

 

The purpose and aim of these exercises is for the children to acquire clear
consciousness to make classifications in their environment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. The child is a “sensorial explorer”.

We believe that language is a means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sounds and signs, thus, being the spoken and written language. They will become fully articulate, able to express themselves in writing, reading with ease, and having full comprehension of the thoughts of others. 

 

In our Montessori classroom, the concepts covered are numeration, the decimal system, computation, the arithmetic tables, whole numbers, fractions, and positive numbers. We offer these activities to the
child in the final two years of the first place of development which is age four to five and six.

We Value:

Our Philosophy:

We offer specialised Montessori activities and equipment that both
interest and challenge our Tamariki/children to become independent,
self managing learners who are respectful of others and themselves.
Purposeful learning, freedom with limitations and responsibilities, and
boundaries of respect are each a part of our rich Montessori curriculum.