We are committed to providing exceptional care, support, and education to all our children.
The Montessori method is an educational approach developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori. It has been popular all over the world for over 100 years.
The approach focuses on independence, hands-on learning and a thoughtfully prepared environment that allows the child to grow in all the main developmental areas.
At the Apple Montessori School in London, our children are split into two groups. Our Pre-Montesorri for our little ones and our Montessori group for our children who are preparing to start school.
A typical session for our Pre-Montessori children would see the children start their day with a special circle time involving all of their participation, and a story time. The group then split into mini groups, and enjoy painting, music and dance, jigsaws, numbers, colours, free-play to name just a few.
Outdoor play is a very active part of our day, and we are normally found exploring the 18 acres that we have at our disposal. Muddy puddles, collecting leaves, and visiting our “play house” are very exciting activities for this group.
Our Montessori Group is encouraged to work with our Montessori materials or indeed project work that we may have planned, including arts and crafts, worksheets, and workbooks. During this time, we also help each of the children with numeracy and literacy, and they each have their own individual workbooks which they work on with the assistance of our staff.
Our purpose is to encourage our children to be confident little learners with a thirst for knowledge.
We offer a full range of Montessori activities, including circle time to discuss the theme and activities that are planned for the day.
We provide Spanish lessons from our Qualified teachers, and Movement and Dance from our Music Teacher. Tennis Lessons which are a major hit with all of the children are also part of our curriculum, and in September 2108 we started our tots rugby programme with Trailfinders Rugby Club. We also provide yoga classes with our Yoga instructor for all of the children. We also use this time to educate children with individual lesson plans, next steps, and development charts. All of these are available on line for you to look at, and interact with.
We encourage our children to engage in our free flow facility within the Montessori Classroom. This allows each child to develop as an individual, engaging and learning from the activities that interest them the most. It is with this in mind that we develop our weekly and individual lesson plans for the children in our care, we produce their next steps, and challenge their development.
For any of the children who wish to engage in quiet or rest time, we provide a quiet relaxing atmosphere away from the rest of the children for this purpose. Children may simply rest, or read a book, or indeed sleep. All of this is discussed with you the parent to ensure continuity of care for your child. After this we return to our routine above, until home time.