Gulf Montessori Nurseries have a special child-centered approach which
will feed children's developing skills and interests at the right times
and help them to become confident, capable and in control of their
The School day
The beginning of the children's day should be as relaxed and unhurried
as possible, either by getting organised the night before or by getting
up earlier than usual. This will allow enough time to help and
encourage the child to dress himself.
The Activities of Everyday Living teach the children to pour
drinks, carry trays, clean up spills and sweep, all using child size
equipment. These seem normal chores for adults, but thrilling for a
small child whose self - esteem blossoms with every new skill which
helps him or her to feel in control of life. The children will learn to
do household tasks and may feel frustrated if they are not allowed to
help at home; this should be encouraged as parents will find that they
will soon prove to be of great help.
One may also find that the children may want to pour their own drinks
out or serve their own breakfast cereal in the morning. Small changes
can make a home more "child - friendly" such as, low shelves in the
bedroom or playroom, so that the children have easy access to their
toys and can choose them whenever they wish, or even a peg at child
height, so that they can hang up their school uniforms themselves.
To develop the children's language and vocabulary, nothing beats one to
one conversation with them. They will not learn language from the
television in the same way, unless those at home sit and enjoy the
programme together and perhaps discuss it afterwards. If one is
watching television with the children, be sure to watch the content of
the programme carefully, as many children absorb a fair share of
television violence and other unsavoury incidents. Uninterrupted time
should be made for the children to
spend with their parents during the day.
In the Montessori Nursery, we try to instill a real love of books and
reading for pleasure. Sharing a story with a child at any time of the
day is a parent's special gift. Also, a powerful message can be given
about the value of reading, if one makes time to read their own book
alongside the children or child from time to time.
Counting can be introduced into almost any activity. For example, the
children could count the knives and forks when the table is being laid
or when they are sharing out sweets. Parents should avoid passing on
their own dislike of mathematics at school, because the children will
not have the same difficulties at a Montessori Nursery, as the method
is fun and interesting for the children.
Drawing is important for helping the child strengthen his or her
"pencil grip" in preparation for writing skills as well as for
developing "free expression". Plenty of accessible paper, crayons and
pencils should be provided and children should be encouraged to draw
freely, without any interference from the adult as this could stifle
their creativity. At this delicate stage, children are easily
influenced because they care for the adult's opinion and they should be
exploring and developing their own expressive powers.
Much of the Montessori apparatus you see in our school is designed to
prepare a child for reading, writing and number work. Parents should
not be concerned with the lack of evidence such as homework as our
equipment teaches the child both indirectly and directly through the
"hands on" method. Using a different approach at home can make it
unnecessarily complicated. It is therefore, best if you wait until we
ask for support. We do this often and in specific ways. However, if
parents do wish to support their children at home, letters should be
sounded rather than named and any writing that is shared with the
children, should be in lower case rather than capital letters (except
of course, where a capital normally occurs).