THE MONTESSORI METHOD

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OUR VALUES

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OUR HISTORY

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ABOUT US

Southside Montessori School is staffed with qualified and experienced educators who are committed to providing quality education in a caring environment. Our school endeavours to nurture the whole child by using the Montessori philosophy of developing independent, educated and socially responsible individuals.

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THE MONTESSORI METHOD

A fundamental belief of the Montessori Method is that children learn best within a social environment that supports and respects each child’s unique development — a comfortable setting filled with developmentally-appropriate materials and experiences that contribute to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners. Over 100 years ago Dr Maria Montessori pursued a medical degree in what once was an all-male field, overcoming many barriers to become the first female doctor…

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OUR VALUES

Southside Montessori School strives to: enrich and inspire the child by integrating modern innovative teaching practices, encourage the child to develop a love of learning through their classroom experience, ensure staff continually update their professional learning to meet the needs of the children, update resources to meet the changing needs of the children, treat each child as an individual and respect their needs and beliefs, give children an appreciation of…

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OUR HISTORY

Southside Montessori School is located in a peaceful neighbourhood in the Sydney suburb of Riverwood, and has been serving the children and their families of the Inner/South West and beyond for over 36 years. In March 1977 one of the founders of the school organised a public meeting in Kogarah Town Hall to ascertain local interest in establishing a Montessori preschool in the area. It was planned to be the…

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CHILDREN ARE HUMAN BEINGS TO WHOM RESPECT IS DUE, SUPERIOR TO US BY REASON OF THEIR INNOCENCE AND OF THE GREATER POSSIBILITIES OF THEIR FUTURE.

Dr Maria Montessori

PROGRAMS

Our Montessori programs are divided into 4 stages, each spanning 3 years.
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PARENT TODDLER PROGRAM

(0–3 YEARS)

A unique early childhood program known as the Parent Toddler Program is offered here at Southside.

Once a child begins to walk until they are 3 years of age, they are able to join Southside’s Parent Toddler Program. Each child, accompanied by one parent or carer, attends one or more sessions each week in our specifically prepared ‘Bumblebees’ classroom.

The room contains toddler-sized furniture and activities that match the children’s physical proportions and developmental needs. Children use the materials with minimum adult assistance. The program is designed to facilitate the child’s growing independence, self-esteem, confidence and concentration span…

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PRESCHOOL

STAGE 1 (3–6 YEARS)

Stage 1 at Southside Montessori School is the equivalent of pre-school and kindergarten for children from 3–6 years of age.

As an extension of the home environment, the children learn from individual presentations (lessons) and gain social skills both from interaction with other children and specific social lessons.  They move freely around the classroom working and gaining concepts using the very specific and specially designed self-correcting Montessori materials.  By allowing children to learn in this way, they are able to develop concentration, motivation, independence and a love of learning…

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PRIMARY

STAGE 2 AND 3 (6–12 YEARS)

Stage 2 is where children move into what Dr Montessori called the ‘second plane of development’: out of themselves and into the bigger world around them.  It is a very social age where children’s awareness expands to include others.  It is here that they begin to move away from concrete objects and toward abstract concepts and start to see the bigger picture.

Education in Stage 3 builds on the foundations set in Stages 1 and 2, moving still further into abstraction.  The Stage 3 environment reinforces the knowledge already acquired and adds more detail.  All prescribed work is still done within school hours: there is extensive individual work, creative endeavours, research and group projects, all with direction from teachers who support the students’ independent learning by allowing them to follow their own interests…

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