Dr Maria Montessori believed that all children go through periods when they are more sensitive to learning different concepts. Our learning environment is carefully planned to take advantage of these developmental stages.
Our teachers are trained to recognise these sensitive periods and extend the child to the next phase of development.
In the Montessori system, activities are presented when a child is ready to absorb each new concept.
Therefore, children can learn at their own pace, developing great self-confidence through their individual achievements. Sharing their learning with others is as important.
The Learning Environment
Our curriculum is recognized as an alternative national curriculum framework and is included on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) Recognition Register.
The learning environments at Plenty Valley International Montessori School are planned and organised to enhance learning in a peaceful and focussed manner, incorporating a three-hour uninterrupted work block.
Everything in each classroom is child-sized and easy to reach, including purpose built kitchen areas to facilitate Practical Life experiences. Care and respect for each other’s needs, work space and the equipment is paramount, students have the opportunity to revisit their learning and continue research projects. The Montessori approach is more than an education method; it is an attitude for life.
Qualities for Life
At PVIMS, the prepared Montessori environment facilitates the development of self-discipline, independence, self-motivation, concentration, respect and patience leading to a natural love of learning.
Role of the Adult
The teachers are facilitators and observers of the children. They plan individual learning programmes, successfully balancing whole class, small group and individual learning. Records are kept of progress and achievements, this way your child can move from strength to strength in their learning with adult guidance.
We recognise that some students require extra support or extension in their learning. We have a specialist Learning Support Teacher who caters for these students across the learning continua.
Multi Age Classes
Like all Montessori schools, our classes span across the 3 Planes of Development and are called ‘Cycles’. These cycles are an important part of school life and give your child flexibility in developing social and academic skills at their own rate. At the start of each Cycle, your child will experience being one of the younger, nurtured ones in the class. As they get older and more confident, they will reinforce their learning by helping younger children complete their tasks, thus developing leadership and mentoring skills.