Montessori Developmental Stage: The Absorbent Mind Period
Dr. Montessori referred to this stage as the period of the Absorbent Mind. She observed that children under the age of six absorb information without effort, through their everyday interactions with those around them and their environment. This important time of development provides the critical foundation of a child's character, learning, and growth.
As in all stages of child development, Dr. Montessori noted certain sensitive periods during this stage, a time when a child is powerfully motivated, driven, and able to learn certain things. These sensitive periods include aspects of movement, reading, mathematics, order, music, grace and courtesy, and many others. The classroom environment is designed to give the children a place in which they can work and learn freely, following their interests and natural tendencies.
Your child's early years are a very important and special time. Dr. Maria Montessori observed that the first 6 years of life were a period when a child has an extraordinary capacity to learn.
Experiences in these years lay the foundation for future development and learning. Barrenjoey Montessori School aims to make the most of the unique period from 3 to 6 years in your child's development.
The Montessori pre-school program aids the development of confidence, independence, concentration, self-discipline, motivation, respect for others and the environment and importantly, a love of learning.
Barrenjoey Montessori School offers a three year Montessori program for 3 to 6 year olds staffed by qualified directresses.
All children attend Monday to Friday, with the three and four year olds attending a three hour session daily (9am to 12pm). Children approaching the age of five join the extended day program, and attend all day from 9am to 3pm. This is the equivalent of the NSW Kindergarten year, with the curriculum being recognized and accredited by the NSW Board of Studies. Working in a smaller group at this time enables the five year olds to focus on extension activities preparing them for primary school.
Afternoon care for 3 and 4 year olds is available from 12noon until 3pm on a permanent or casual basis (extra fees do apply).
In the Montessori classroom, children are grouped together in mixed ages, much as a natural family would be. This provides a good range of social interplay and the opportunity to learn from experience, and through observation of others.
As in a home environment, the older children help the younger ones, providing role models and enhancing their own self-esteem.
The specially designed Montessori materials and activities are grouped into four key areas. The curriculum is totally integrated with cultural subjects being immersed in all 4 areas.
- Practical Life: activities which aid the child's adaptation to their environment, refine their movement, and promote concentration.
- Sensorial: activities which enable the child to order and classify their many sensorial experiences such as, colour, sound, dimension and shape.
- Language and Literacy: activities which assist in developing communication skills in listening, speaking, viewing, writing and reading.
- Mathematics: numerical concepts using concrete mathematical materials to introduce numbers symbolisation, the decimal system, the 4 operational processes (adding, multiplying, dividing and subtracting) and memorization. Concrete materials introduce the concept of geometry and the study of 2D and 3D work
Would you like to find out more?
Please join us for an observation in the classroom or come to one of our information sessions. Call us on (02) 9973 1422 to find out more.
Application Form and Fees
Find out more about enrolment and fees or download the 3 to 6 wait list application form (PDF 8KB).
Note: Enrolment in Under 3's is not a pre-requisite for entry to a 3 to 6 Montessori programme , nor does it guarantee a place for your child on any school's waiting list for 3 to 6 year olds. Separate application forms are required for Under 3's and 3 to 6 programs.