Classes

“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.”
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952)

Our Montessori Classrooms

Classes at Blue Gum Montessori School are primarily grouped by three age levels: Junior Primary aged 3-6 years, Middle Primary aged 6-9 years and Upper Primary aged 9-12 years. Specialist classes include Playgroup and Transition.

The ‘three year range’ arrangement is a corner stone of the Montessori Philosophy and an essential tool in the support of the children’s social and emotional development. The mixed ages allow a child to work with older and younger children and to have social interaction with his/her peers. Older children consolidate their learning by teaching and the younger children are inspired by the activities of the older children. These opportunities to motivate and to mentor allow the development of respect and kindness in the school community. This also gives the child the opportunity to work at his/her own pace as there is a wide range of materials catering for different levels.

The Montessori Classroom is a child’s world, geared to the size, pace, needs and interests of the children in it:

  • Specially designed materials are arranged on shelves to enable easy access by the child. As the child grows older, and begins to think in the abstract, there are less manipulates and more access to research materials.
  • The classroom and the equipment are all designed to encourage and nurture a child’s absorbent mind and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Each class is directed by a qualified Montessori Teacher and Teaching Assistant.

 The Montessori Classroom creates a sense of order that provides the children with a sense of security and safety from which they are encouraged to become self-disciplined and independent:

  • The classroom is structured by learning areas and the daily routines are similar.
  • The child has the choice of working at a desk, on mats on the floor or outdoors on the verandah.
  • The classroom’s structured environment allows freedom with clear limits.
  • Freedom of movement for the child is an important aspect of a Montessori classroom in supporting the development of self discipline and independence particularly in the 3-6 cycle when they are developing their physical independence. In the 6-9 and 9-12 cycles movement is no longer as important as the children are developing their intellectual independence.

When you walk into one of our classrooms, you will see happy, busy children working purposefully:

  • The teachers are tasked with creating a classroom that is beautiful and enticing for the child.
  • A child also has the choice of working alone or with others. This  helps creates a vibrant community where the child learns to socially interact with others in a non-competitive manner.
  • Each classroom has a small fiction and reference library and all students have access to the well-resourced school library. In the 9-12 cycle the children have access to guided research on the internet.
Blue Gum Montessori – the freedom to learn