In our Early Years Community, children ages 3 to 6 work alongside each other in multi-age learning spaces. Montessori philosophy recognises that these children have an inherent urge to learn and to master all that is in the environment around them. The Montessori learning context invites these children to apply their creative energies to master skills which develop their increasing ability to think, understand and concentrate.
As some families prefer flexible options, we offer part-time options for 3 and 4 year olds. Although we believe full-time is best, from the start of the 2021 school year, three-year-olds can attend either 2 days or 5 days, and four-year-olds can attend either 3 days or 5 days, with parents given the option to choose what is best for their family.
In their third and final year in the 3-6 environment, students spend part of the day in a “Prep” homeroom, where they focus on Prep-level academic work in preparation for Junior Primary. They spend the rest of the day working with the other children as they have a natural tendency toward leadership and mentorship and the children are spontaneously drawn to one another.
When you walk into a room of Early Years children, the first thing you notice is how peaceful the environment is for our children to learn. A child builds with brown stairs to learn about different dimensions; nearby two others are working out how to count by tens with the 1000 chain; while another small group sits on the floor researching polar bears – looking up books, drawing and discussing.
This is a normal day in a MIC Early Years classroom.
The morning opens with each child pouring themselves a drink of water, performing their brain gym exercises, and then they are off…tracing sandpaper letters with their fingers to learn the alphabet, turning the coloured globe to discover the continents and listening to bells to learn the C-major scales.
In our classrooms children turn real-life experiences into ideas and concepts, so they can make sense of the world they live in. It’s hands-on learning.
They finish the day wanting to know more – and looking forward to tomorrow, because at MIC our children discuss, scrutinize, question, unearth, make friends, play, resolve conflicts, and grow.