We offer a secure environment in all aspects where the child is allowed to securely explore their surrounding world. They develop movement, language and above all his independence and self-confidence.
Generally, the children are admitted to this environment at one year of age or from they are able to walk. They share the class with children of up to three years, which gives them the opportunity to learn to take care of themselves and others. The mixed age groups give the environment a great richness. The younger children have the opportunity to get inspired by the older children and imitate them. The older ones integrate their acquired knowledge through helping the smaller ones in their activities.
All this learning takes place in a trilingual environment (Basque, English and Spanish), enriched by gardening activities, looking after domestic animals, and experimenting with art and music on a daily basis.
Movement is vital, because the ability of the child’s hands is connected to the development of the child’s mind, hence the importance of different musical and artistic expressions inside the classroom as well as outside.
During this period of growth, the base of the human being is developed.
“The hand is the mind´s instrument.”
A day at Montessori School Vitoria-Gasteiz
|9:00-9:15||Relax, enter, and change into confortable slippers.|
|9:15-11:00||Experiment with materials, art (cutting, sticking, watercolours, clay, homemade plasticine), music, language, preparing snack, jigsaws, classroom library, daily cooking, listening to stories, taking care of plants, interior gardening, exterior gardening, planting flowers, enjoying water exercises, yoga, eating together, preparing the table, singing, movement activities…|
|12:00-12:30||Preparing the table for lunch, songs, rhymes…/ the children who are going home prepare to leave.|
|12:30-13:30||Lunch, eating together, relaxing. Everyone participates in the preparation and the cleaning up afterwards.|
|13:30-15:00||Nap, time for relaxation.|
|15:00-15:30||Experimentation in the classroom (materials, art, cutting, collage, movement, preparing the compost, classroom library…). Preparing to go home for the day.|
Daily communication with families, as well as periodic parent-school meetings, are welcome.
We offer the child a learning experience away from home that encourages self-esteem and a healthy self-image. They develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Small children have a tendency towards independence “Help me to do it by myself” as well as a tendency for order (knowing where the materials are, having well known persons as reference) that makes them feel calm and enjoy the class.
Our daily activities develop the children’s motor skills: running, carrying, climbing, swinging, grabbing and manipulating objects and brushes. The control of their own bodies leads to self-control and the capacity of getting dressed, eating, and washing themselves independently. The children enjoy social interaction with the other children and adults. They develop abilities through music and artistic expression. Everyday they work in the garden, watching their own fruits and vegetables grow throughout the school year.
In the environment, the child learns to choose, to make decisions and to carry out activities. In doing this they become aware of the fact that he/she can positively modify their surroundings. The Montessori materials do not function as entertainment or something to keep the child occupied, but as a contribution to his / her development.
Surrounded by healthy, stable, and safe affection, the child feels at home. They enjoy the materials and the loving adults that make his / her day. That’s what happens in the classroom: a real transformation!
The environment is divided in the following areas
Community and psycho-sensor development: movement, classify by colors, pincer grip movement.
Practical life: cutting, transferring (objects, liquid) from one place to another, sticking, taking care of plants, preparing flower vases, daily cooking (peeling and cutting fruits and vegetables and boiled eggs, prepare cookies, bread…).
Grace and courtesy exercises: knowing how to ask for things, how to relate to classmates, communicating.
Art and expression: working with watercolour, using paint for self-expression, clay, homemade plasticine… We give children opportunities to listen to different kinds of music and we dance and sing along with them. The children learn the names of different instruments and how to identify their sounds.
Language: oral language, tales and stories, listening and developing spoken language. This is the stage where the child completes language acquisition, vocabulary, syntax and grammar.
Trough each activity in these areas, the child develops the possibility of following a logical sequence, which helps them understand order, concentration, and memory. We encourage him to take care of himself and the environment and to develop independence, confidence, self-esteem and the respect for himself and others.
Today, preschool education has come to accept what Dr. Maria Montessori discovered a long time ago: children under six years of age have an extraordinary mental capacity. Once in their lifetime, they have the capacity to absorb knowledge from their environment simply by being alive.
This “absorbent mind” is at its peak during the first six years of age when the child establishes their personality. The infant community program not only improves the children’s knowledge, independence, and confidence in their own capacities but also establishes a base for the rest of their lives.