BestStart Montessori Johnsonville
BestStart Montessori Johnsonville is a two classroom preschool caring for children aged 2-6 years old in Johnsonville, near Onslow College. Our fully qualified and Montessori trained teachers have a passion for working with young children, encouraging them to fulfill their learning potential in ways that best suit the individual needs of your child.
Peaceful Connected Global learners
PEACE is at the heart of what we do and encompasses Independence, Respect, Tuakana Teina, a Caring Community and Professional Development. This philosophy leads everything we do.
IndePendence: Children are encouraged to think and do for themselves and to take responsibility for their own actions so they can become capable adults.
RespEct: Children develop confidence as they learn how to respect themselves, each other and the environment.
TuakanA Teina: Our mixed aged classrooms enable children to learn from each other, support each other, and value learning.
Caring Community: Initial centre visits are followed by a home visit by the lead teacher before each child starts. This begins each child’s journey of learning, and enables us to begin to truly understand the aspirations you have for your child.
Professional DevElopment: Our team of professionals are well trained and experienced and receive regular and ongoing opportunities for further education.
Building Peaceful Learners - We are a small family based preschool with only 18 children in each of our 2 classrooms. This enables us to really get to know our families well and offer each child a real personal relationship with teachers. We have large classrooms, providing children with lots of space which our parents always comment on.
Our classroom environments have an aura of peace and tranquility. Children are free to choose to work in whatever area of the curriculum interests and excites them. Children learn a deep understanding of respect for themselves, others and the equipment they use.
Our outdoor environment is natural and well maintained. We have areas of grass that the children mow, trees to climb, sandpits and water features for the children to explore. We have fruit trees, flowers and vegetable gardens that we nurture and harvest when they are ready.
Building connected learners – Our children are connected first and foremost to their families and culture, then their school, their community and their environment. Family aspirations are combined with childrens interests and our knowledge of child development and woven together to create a specialised individual programme for everyone.
Building Global learners - Our diverse, multicultural preschool has children from all around the world, meaning children become familiar with many languages. We encourage families to help us create a place where everyone feels welcome and where family values and experiences are important.
Kaukau Adventures - We are part of wider society and every week 8 different children go on a walk to Mount Kaukau. These excursions are child driven and enable them to explore and investigate a special part of our environment. Children learn to recognise the native plants in our environment, take care of our environment by picking up rubbish, they learn to love and respect this special part of Wellington. Children experience peace in this environment, learn how they are connected to this environment, understand how they are part of the whole of this land of Aotearoa.
Preparation for school - Our programme supports each child’s abilities as they move to primary school, providing the skills they need to transition successfully. Our practical life and sensorial programme gives children many opportunities to develop their self-care skills, practice fine and gross motor skills, develop core strength, and be able to sort, match and compare within their sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
Our geography and science areas provide children with a global understanding of the world around them and the opportunity to explore, discover and be enthralled in the natural world. Our literacy and numeracy programme gives children the experiences they need to learn to read, write, and understand mathematical concepts.
We support children whether they leave us at age 5 or 6 by providing them with a broad range of experiences to enable them to become confident peaceful global learners.
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More about Montessori
Besides being presented in a structured way, language is always present in a Montessori classroom. Children are encouraged to ask questions, have discussions, make discoveries and have a sense of curiosity in the world around them.
Besides being presented in a structured way, language is always present in a Montessori classroom. Children are encouraged to ask questions, have discussions, make discoveries and have a sense of curiosity in the world around them. There is always the busy hum of activity in a Montessori classroom because the use of the materials involves many motions – walking, carrying, pouring, speaking and particularly, the constant using of the hands. Dr Montessori never equated silence with goodness and immobility.
A young child meets the world around them through the constant use of all their senses. The sensorial materials in a Montessori classroom help children define qualities such as colour, weight, shape, texture, size, sound, smell etc. Each of the sensorial materials isolates one defining quality, be eliminating or minimising other differences. When a child becomes interested in a particular activity, their behaviour almost always matures. Self-discipline is gradually acquired, through absorption in meaningful work.
The mixed age group of 3 to 6 year olds provides the younger children with a graded series of models for imitation, and the older ones an opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger ones. For the young child, there is something special about tasks that an adult considers ‘ordinary’ – cutting fruit, rolling the dough and making scones etc. They excite the child because they allow them to imitate the adults. Imitation is one of the child’s strongest urges during his early years.A child can learn basic concepts of maths in a very exciting way in the Montessori classroom. They learn by using concrete materials during the years when they enjoy manipulating equipment.
Our Playgroup sessions are designed to help parents learn more about Montessori principles and how to create an optimum home environment to assist in their child's natural growth and development. Classes are designed for children ranging in age from new-born to 2.5 years of age.
The goal of these classes is to assist families in understanding the development of the young child and how to best respond to their needs. We do this by focusing on the adult and child working together in a Montessori environment, under the direction of a certified Montessori teacher.
The playgroup environment is simple, ordered, clean and attractive. The children choose the Montessori materials they want to work with. Parents are encouraged to sit with their child while they explore the activities, especially chosen to foster concentration, coordination and self-esteem.
The children are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility for the environment by tidying away their work. They help prepare morning tea too. Later there are shared activities like singing, which helps young children experience being part of their community.
The activities offered at our programmes are simple, suited for the needs, interests, and capabilities of very young children. The pace is unhurried and the children are provided the opportunity to be occupied with an activity for a period of time, uninterrupted, while the adult is supported and encouraged to take a step back to quietly observe.
From a very early age a child wants to do things for themselves, and our playgroup gives a child the opportunity to grow in independence and confidence, allowing them to explore and make choices in a safe environment.
The BestStart Montessori Playgroup takes place during term time every Thursday between 9:30am and 11:30am at The Hub on Kilbirnie Crescent.
For more information or a free taster session, please contact: email@example.com or 04 387 1195.
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