" From 0 to 6 years of age, not only intelligence but also all the psychic faculties are formed ".
The pedagogical approach
The Montessori Grange Explorers School follows the objectives of the Plan d'Etude Romand and places great importance on collaboration with parents. The teaching material is conducive to the acquisition of skills that will enable each child to succeed at school and to develop and integrate socially.
Our learning areas :
Reading and writing in French and English
Mathematics is approached through manipulation in a playful and natural way. The child perceives concretely what a quantity is, the decimal system, the 4 operations, the numbering from 1 to 1000, fractions, abstraction
Geography is studied through globes, puzzle maps, and flags. They can create their own word map by adding continents, countries, capitals, etc.
Botany allows children to observe plants, their growth and their different parts. Planting is done in the classroom. Outings to Grange Park allow the children to discover plants in their natural environment.
Music and creative arts: a piano and a specialized teacher accompany us once a week in our class to accompany songs, rhythmic lessons, discoveries of great artists, works, trends and techniques.
The theatre is very beneficial for exercising the child's creativity. It facilitates exchanges reinforcing self-confidence and allows to work on emotional intelligence
The key foundations of pedagogy
At the Montessori Grange Explorers School, the main foundations of the Montessori pedagogy adopted are as follows
1. Mixed age group
In our school, a real community of children is formed by this fabulous mix of ages from 3 to 6 years. These children who are in the same stage of development live together and complement each other. This cohabitation is a great source of richness because there is no competition or rivalry between them, but cooperation that takes place within this group. It is not only the adult who is a role model for the child; the older children also contribute to the role of a "model" for the younger children in this community. Here, peer learning, collaboration and altruism are fully experienced and natural.
2. Freedom and self-discipline
The child in its prepared environment has several freedoms: freedom of choice which implies a decision and independence of the child; freedom of work which depends on the child's will; freedom of time where he/she can repeat an activity as many times as they wish, which encourages concentration and perseverance; freedom of movement, which of movement which allows him to be active and to listen to himself (his needs).
3. Science-based materials
Children learn by doing rather than by listening to an adult talk. They work with materials designed to allow them to use their full intelligence by engaging their senses and areas of knowledge and understanding appropriate to their stage of development.
4. One-to-one learning
Each child's experience is unique. Personalized lessons are offered to individuals or small groups. This allows for a highly individualized interaction between the adult and each child. The adult knows exactly what each child has mastered or needs to practice more. The adult guides them towards taking ownership and responsibility for their own learning.