Support of social behaviour and emotions
Social behaviour is conveyed in the first place by the example given by adults and by daily contact with other children in the group. The children learn, whilst retaining their own individuality:

  • To appreciate that we are all different
  • To respect others
  • To be aware of others’ needs
  • To practice tolerance and patience
  • To learn and respect rules and limits
  • To learn to resolve conflicts
  • To distinguish and to name feelings
  • Language development and promotion
  • To be ready to help and to provide sympathy

Support of gross and fine motorics

  • From crawling to running
  • To sit on a chair
  • To put-on and take-off shoes and jackets
  • Climbing stairs
  • Eating unassisted
  • Playing in the garden
  • Kneading dough
  • Threading chains
  • Handcrafts and painting with different materials
  • Moving activities with Hengstenberg and Pikler material

As above, plus

  • Montessori material
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Learning to read and write
  • Development of writing skills
  • Coordination between the left and the right hand
  • Preparation for school

Support of creativity

  • Free play in house and garden
  • Instructed and free-time crafts
  • Projects with various topics
  • Celebrating different festivals and the 4 seasons
  • Free role-play
  • Instructed and free use of musical instruments

Support of Independence and self-initiative

  • Preparation of child-oriented environment
  • Montessori material
  • Assignment of small tasks: e.g.: to help set the snack table and to help clear-away plates and cups, to tidy-up game materials
  • Learning practical life skills and grace and courtesy skills e.g. dressing and table manners

Perception, attention and concentration support

  • By games in the sensor-motorics area: Hearing, tasting, feeling, smelling and seeing
  • Listening to and retelling stories by materials which encourage experimentation
  • Completing a puzzle or other games from beginning to end using the Montessori materials
  • Recognizing body language and reacting to it

Language support

  • Stories
  • Picture books
  • Songs
  • Finger games
  • Circle games
  • Role-play
  • Practicing the conversation rules: Listen to others, express yourself
  • Individual challenge
  • Group challenges

Support of environmental awareness

  • Walks / field trips
  • Sow, care and harvesting of plants
  • Playing with- and hand-crafting natural materials
  • Learning the life-cycle of nature
  • Recycling