In the Nursery class, children aged 2-5 years are grouped together. Mixed age-grouping is ideal; as older children become role models to the younger ones while the younger ones learn a lot from the older ones. They flow into one another (osmosis). Also known as vertical grouping, this arrangement helps children to develop their independence, self-confidence and self-esteem and Â respect the rights of others. In addition, they learn to take turns and work in a team.
At HarryField Montessori Preschool we create a warm, nurturing classroom environment for children ages 2 Years to 4+ years. Within our close-knit community, young children develop independence, respect, creativity, and a sense of self. Students are able to learn at their own pace, with guidance from Montessori certified teachers.
The Pre-school Programme at HarryField is the children’s community. The Prepared environment is carefully designed to facilitate the development of the child’s independence and responsibility for care of the self, the environment, and each other.
The child’s natural curiosity and love for learning between the ages of two and a half to three and six years experiences a dynamic curriculum, in a Montessori environment that fosters independence, concentration, coordination, order and creativity.
Pre-School Programme Objective
From this early experience, the young child is prepared for the challenges of elementary school. HarryField Pre-school education helps to develop a child who is:
• Intellectually curious
• Coordinated in movement
• Refined in social graces
• Cultured in arts and music
• Academically skilled
The Pre-school classroom is a thriving social and learning community. In a multi-age, interactive setting the children learn shared responsibility, compassion, and respect for each other. Older children reinforce lessons they have learned by sharing their knowledge with younger children, while the younger children observe the work of the older children and are motivated toward these future experiences. Together, the children grow to be independent learners and thinkers and to become socially capable.
Both programs offer a lunch time together where the children help to lay out the table using china plates and cloth napkins and take turns to pass the food and serve each other at the table encouraging them to practice and learn their grace and courtesy skills. There are a mixed age range children and staff at each table, so lunch is an opportunity to also socialise with a wider group of friends.
An interdisciplinary curriculum meets the needs of each child at his/her stage of development. As a guide to learning, the directress acknowledges the child’s initiative, pace, and readiness. Individual and small group lessons are presented with great enthusiasm which entices the child to learn. Teaching concepts when the individual is ready promotes continual success and motivation.