The curriculum will be a blend of the Montessori and the Waldorf model. It is continuous and offered at the pace at which each child learns.
Our teachers are experienced and passionate about their work and this passion infuses their teaching; the children learn from teachers who care about their education and believe in the Montessori method.
The MONTESSORI method encourages a child to enjoy the process of learning. It does not introduce the competitive drive of other curricula and yet leads each child to develop their full potential. The ‘failure to keep up’ approach is avoided; thorough observations by the teachers indicate the appropriate moment to introduce the next activity for each child. The art is to give the child an exercise which is challenging but within their capabilities so that they are stimulated without the fear of failure.
The WALDORF approach to education is developmentally appropriate, experiential, academically rigorous. The WALDORF method integrates arts in all academic disciplines for children starting in preschool. This includes a focus on well oriented physical activity in the first three years, imaginative play in the middle years of early childhood, and later a more cognitive approach to learning.
It is our belief that initiating creative learning at an early age encourages imaginative thinking throughout childhood and beyond, and also encourages the child’s understanding of other people.
In creative play, the child has an opportunity to adopt roles which awaken their awareness of the feelings of others, thereby introducing the child to the concept of empathy and compassion. Additionally, giving a child access to creativity not only enhances their communication skills but also lays the groundwork for the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Creativity is fostered in children by their environment. At TBA elements, our job as adults is to keep the environment interesting by providing, alongside the Montessori equipment, creative experiences and materials that will capture the child’s curiosity. We see the child as an individual and through sensitive monitoring of each child our hope is to further their development by cultivating their creative ideas.