When asking for advice about how to spread the word about our new nursery, most friends tell us that word of mouth is the best recommendation. When the person doing the recommendation happens to be our mentor, Paula Woodman, owner of Woodentots Montessori and Montessorian of the Year 2017, we hope it’ll go some way in establishing our bona fides. Continue reading “Take it from Paula Woodman, Montessorian of the Year 2017!”
In our Open Day today, we introduced children to a foreign language (Spanish) through music. The method is the brainchild of Bilingual Beats, an award-winning education company. But rather than trying to explain what their innovative concept is about, why not let participating children, parents and teachers do the, erm, singing ?
“Our curriculum combines a carefully balanced mix of linguistic content, such as theme words, phonemes, common sentences and basic structures; and musical content, such as songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, rhythmic rhymes, and instrumental play-alongs, in a wide variety of tonalities, meters, and music styles.
It is based on research done in the fields of music education, language acquisition, CLIL (content and language integrated learning), early childhood education, and child development. Our classes support the child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development, in line with the EYFS framework.”
Children have an ability to learn languages from birth. Dr Maria Montessori noted different stages of development, and described them as sensitive periods, during which children seem to have a predisposition to learn a specific skill or set of skills. Bilingual Beats has added an element of fun to the natural language learning process, using music and rhythm to make it more enjoyable. We therefore completely support Bilingual Beats’ method, and believe that children in our setting will benefit tremendously from such partnership.
Wow! Saturday was a very exciting day, many families came to visit our nursery, and the general feedback was great. Children and parents enjoyed a storytelling session, and the little ones explored our carefully prepared environment. It was heart warming to see them feeling at ease, that is the idea, ultimately our school has been thought of and designed to create a “home from home” feeling.
As the children played, created and explored, we had the opportunity to observe one of our visitors exploring all the numeracy activities, counting, and matching, completely absorbed in his self-selected activity. While another child created her own colour matching activity with the art resources provided. This proves the importance of having a prepared environment and follow the children interest, as Montessori emphasises.
There was even a little one that was so engaged in her activity that when her parents told her that it was time to go home, she said to them, “You go, bye bye” as she waved goodbye to them.