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(Age 3 yrs 10 months – 5 yrs)

The children engage in our preschool Montessori programme in Smarties. Following on from Mini Monties it aims to balance work, play and social interaction.

Smarties Room is generous in size. This enables the children to work, play or relax in a variety of areas. The Montessori Materials can be brought to the carpeted area or tables and the book corner contains large cushions for relaxation.

Through the Montessori method of teaching and elements of Siolta & Asitear (the national curriculum) the children grasp the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics.

Both of our Smarties supervisors have been trained at accredited Montessori training centres. They deliver a wonderfully stimulating programme in which the children are offered a variety of learning opportunities in the “Montessori prepared environment”. They ensure that the children receive much individual guidance with the materials.

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The Practical Life, Sensorial, Pre Writing and Cultural work is developed from itís introduction in Mini Monties. Language, Mathematics and Geography materials are added to the curriculum.

Project work and circle time are a big part of the programme. It is of huge interest to the children and allows them to actively participate in their learning, enhance their self confidence and develop their social skills.

They cover topics such as: The Life Cycle of the Frog, Australia, Africa, Safe Cross Code, Birds and Autumn.

Music, French & Exercise classes are offered to Smarties children also.

Play time is also an integral part of Smarties curriculum. Imaginative play, role play, sand and water play and toys form the basis of the free play with this age group.

The Smarties outdoor programme is very extensive with sports, maintenance of our veggie patch, care of the bird table, outdoor painting, nature walks and free play drawing them to the fresh air in all seasons.

Our preschool Montessori programme commits to nurture the love of learning, encourage respect for others and above all ensure that children experience a warm, positive environment where they feel safe and at ease.

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