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Guisborough Montessori stands for educational specialists, wholehearted commitment and a warm, friendly environment in which your child can thrive. Increasing demands are being made on child care facilities, since all parents want the very best for their children, right from their very first learning experiences. In addition, there is now a marked trend towards intellectual education for children, but still children need to play, move, get enough exercise and discover their own bodies.
Our nursery school achieves both objectives by offering space for moving around, plenty of opportunity for play, excellent equipment and facilities for creative activity.
Our aim is to support each child through his or her own development.
Born in the 19th century, Montessori developed her method of education from extensive observations of children at work and play. She discovered that they had an inner teacher that drove them to explore and make sense of their world. She found that they had sensitive periods for absorbing each new skill, and worked best when given the freedom to move in a carefully prepared environment.
At Guisborough Montessori, we use this method, along with the materials that Montessori developed, to enable our children to teach themselves. Staff are trained to observe the children, and keep records of their work, thus enabling the next stage of learning to be introduced as it becomes appropriate.
The Montessori method also covers the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework that was brought in by the government in September 2008.
We offer opportunities to work in different areas, such as the Practical Life Area and the Sensorial Area, developing physical skills like pouring, cutting, and comparing and classifying, during our free play periods.
There is a choice of activities in the maths and language areas, including pre-reading and number apparatus. Our Cultural area offers chances to explore the continents, animals, life cycles, and other interesting aspects of the world around us.
Children are free to choose their own activities and to learn at their own pace without pressure, interruption or competition.
The sessions also include painting, drawing, cutting, gluing, construction, imaginative play, stories, circle time, and musical activities. We have French sessions, with puppets, which are very popular too. Our new outdoor equipment extends the Montessori practice outside. We are able to offer experiences outsidethat are more restricted indoors. Water play is one of the most popular of these. It is wonderful to see the children exploring and experimenting in the fresh air.
Picture gallery: our fully equipped setting:
The Construction Area with blocks, train set, road tracks and much more. Here your child can create small world environments with trains and cars, dinosaurs, the doll's house, pirates, knights, the farm and wild animals.
The Two Year Old Area with activities designed with two year olds in mind. This area has larger construction toys, inset puzzles with large knobs for removal, books and Practical Life activities for the youngest children.
The ICT and Understanding of the World Area with computer, extensive equipment for exploring geography, biology, zoology and natural earth sciences, including puzzles of the birds, animals and flowers of this country, and map puzzles of the continents and our country. They can discover the life cycles of frogs, ants, ladybirds and butterflies. The planets hang from the ceiling and books and cards introducing them can be found on the shelves. This is a fascinating area that encourages children to look at their world in more detail.
The Home Corner with role play kitchen and dressing-up clothes, where children can let their imagination develop freely.
The Activities of Everyday Living Area, (The Practical Life Area), is also in this room, with activities to develop physical skills using tongs, tweezers, scissors and much more. Children strive to be independent, and this area gives them the chance to practice skills which will be needed for holding a pencil, writing, and looking after themselves.
The Sensorial Area which will enable your child to compare and categorise using equipment such as the Pink Tower and the Cylinder Blocks. There are many activities here designed to enable your child to develop the five senses and make sense of the world around them.
The Maths Area has equipment designed to let your child teach himself to count, sort and gain an understanding of numbers and quantities.
The Language Area with a reading corner. Here your child may explore shapes, make marks, learn to recognise letter shapes and become excited about reading and writing. They can learn to recognise the letter shapes, listen to the sounds of letters and match them to the letter symbols. They can begin to build up simple words using the Moveable Alphabet, where they select the individual letters to make up three and four letter words.
The Craft and Messy Play Area. This area has all the usual activities such as painting, mark making using different media, playdough, sand and water trays, and a gluing table. Messy play is often on offer, when your child can indulge in messy activities such as playing with foam, hand painting in a large tray, exploring the qualities of wet and dry pasta, and many more.
The Garden. This is a wonderful opportunity to play outdoors with our new equipment. This includes water play, natural objects such as pine cones, wood blocks, wicker frames a and baskets, which can be used with the large animals and the mythical figures, and den building equipment.