Caterpillars Montessori School 2012 (C)
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Why MONTESSORI and Who is Dr. Maria Montessori?
Montessoriís teaching method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, a medical doctor and educator who was born in Italy in 1870. Montessori brought the scientific methods of observation, experimentation and research to the study of children in their development and education. She observed the children in her care to ascertain their developmental patterns and needs.
In the course of her career, Maria Montessori developed ďCasa dei BambiniĒ, or Childrenís House in San Lorenzo in Rome in 1907. Through her observations and work with these children, Montessori discovered how effortlessly children taught themselves. She recognized that learning is stimulated by an inner need and carries for the childís own motivations and rewards.
From these early beginnings is born a method of education based on following the child, their characteristics as individuals and constructions of an environment to meet these needs. Montessoriís developmental approach was designed to fit the child instead of making the child fit the program.
Maria Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize living to see herself and her theories acclaimed throughout the world. She died in Holland aged 82.
Caterpillars Montessori Pre-school and Kindergarten
Caterpillars Montessori Pre-school and Kindergarten was established in 2011 by several parents who believe in Montessoriís method of education. The first Caterpillars school was established in Alam Sutera, Tangerang. Others follow in Lippo Cikarang, Muara Karang and Bali.
When opening a school, we have two-fold missions:
to help families unleash the potentials of their golden-aged young children and open the door to all future possibilities with love, passion and care; and
to encourage our children to learn by doing with emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for their natural psychological development based on the Montessori Method.
At Caterpillars Montessori, we envision our children to grow cognitively, socially and emotionally based on their unique characteristics and personalities, and for them to become active shapers for a better world.
Caterpillars Montessoriís symbol is a cute and colorful caterpillar representing the joys of childhood. School environment and facilities are also arranged to reflect this colorful vibe so children can get into the right mood whenever they come to school.
Why is Caterpillars Montessori special for your child?
Caterpillars Montessori is a special place - not only do we follow the Montessori philosophy and method, but we also are highly experienced, innovative and truly understand that caring for your child is our utmost priority.
We are an established pre-school that offers your child the opportunity to develop at their own pace in a stimulating and caring environment where your child can feel safe and have fun.
Caterpillars Montessori is more than a building - it is a complete environment. Entering a Montessori classroom can be quite a different experience. The children will be involved in a wide range of activities and working independently. The equipment and activities are displayed on open shelves so that the child can choose easily. The materials are attractive, child-sized, real where possible, self-correcting and manipulative. The teachers will not be the center of the classroom giving direction, but rather working together with an individual child or guiding a small group of children. The obvious co-operation and feeling of community is reflected by happy and busy children.
The Montessori approach is based on a profound respect for the child. Maria Montessori saw parents and teachers as having similar roles. Teachers prepare experiences and the environment to stimulate the child. Parents do the same at home by talking with their child, sharing trips, books, music etc. At Caterpillars Montessori we value the partnership that develops between us when your child joins the school. In these formative years we look forward to supporting your child achieve his/her full potential - Montessori is an education for life.
At Caterpillars Montessori we are extremely fortunate to have a team of hardworking, intelligent professionals. Ongoing training is an important aspect of the schoolís professional development. All staff are carefully selected and evaluated regularly by our School Management to reach the maximum quality in delivering the service to the children in our care.
The Montessori children work to develop themselves as independent people, grasp reality, acquire facts and impressions. They are interested in the what and the where. The prepared environment is structured to aid and develop them, divided into five categories:
Practical Life Exercises. These simple activities aid development of co-ordination and concentration and encourage independence as well as establishment of work cycle, i.e any activity chosen is completed until the material used is ready for the next child in such a way that the children get a sense of their own culture. The activities include pouring, washing, polishing, sweeping, cleaning own mess, dressing and developing social skills.
The Sensorial materials are designed to help the children to become more perceptive to understand concepts and focus on details in the world around them. Activities involve grading, matching shapes, weight, color, taste, sound and touch.
The Language materials increase vocabulary, explore the sounds of the English Language and help the children write and read. Language development is stimulated in all areas of the classroom.
The Mathematical materials are designed to take the children from the physical concept of numbers to an abstract level of understanding mathematics. Beginning with the meaning of numbers from 1 to 10, comprehension of and simple operations in the decimal system, fractions and geometry.
The Cultural area includes elements of geography, history, art, craft, music, animals and plant classification, simple science experiments, social studies, movement and foreign languages.