Learning Curves Montessori Abberley Park

A unique, privately owned Montessori inspired Early Childhood Centre. Specialising in quality care.

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Because of the focus on individual work, many people wonder if Montessori will provide their child with enough social experience.🤔 Social development is an important part of Montessori. Children experience social interaction through:
❇️Circle time
❇️Mentoring and learning from children of different ages
❇️Learning grace and courtesy skills
❇️Learning to manage conflict independently
❇️Volunteer opportunities
The Montessori approach encourages character development, peace and cooperation.🕊️ ❓What are some other ways that Montessori supports socialization?


Maria Montessori observed that children were intrinsically motivated to seek independence. ✨ When adults rush in to help, this disrupts the child’s concentration and causes them to be dependent and less likely to try things on their own. 😔 How can the adult nurture independence?
❇️Leave enough time for the child to accomplish the task
❇️Avoid helping the child with something you know he or she could do
❇️Invite the child to help you with tasks
❇️Have predictable routines
❓What are your tips for nurturing independence?


In our Montessori environment we introduce children to letters and numbers using the sandpaper letters/numbers. These are multi-sensorial materials using visual, touch and auditory senses. Children then make sense of the information and by the combination of the information from each sense.

At our Montessori centre we use the phonetic sound and lower case letters to introduce letters to our tamariki giving them the best possible start on their literacy journey.

Dr Maria Montessori was ahead of her time, recognising the importance of the senses and phonetic sounds in order to promote literacy. In March this year UNICEF reported the "dire state" of literacy in Aotearoa with NZ primary schools just beginning to recognise the importance of teaching the phonetic sound of letters and words which is leading to improved spelling, writing and reading.

The Sandpaper Letters are an amazing multi-sensorial Montessori material that prepares children for writing. The child’s first impression of the letters is visual, when she sees their shapes. This is reinforced through the sense of touch. The tactile work of repeatedly tracing the letters, which are made of sandpaper, gives the child a muscular memory of the letters’ shapes. She also gets an auditory impression of the letters as the Montessori teacher says the sound of the letter (not the letter’s name), and the child repeats the sound. This helps the child make a connection between the letters’ forms and their sounds. This multi-sensorial approach introduces the child to the idea language can be spoken, heard, and seen.


Maria Montessori noticed that small children need to touch and move items to learn. 🤏 The Montessori environment provides hands-on experiences that activate the child’s interest. 💡 Some of the ways that children learn through doing are:
⭐Practical life: ⭐ The activities of daily life
⭐Sensorial materials: ⭐ Materials that engage the five senses
⭐Language: ⭐ Learning the sounds of the alphabet and preparing to write through touching, tracing and strengthening the hand
⭐Math: ⭐ Hands-on learning materials that provide a concrete representation of mathematical concepts
❓What are your favorite hands-on Montessori materials?

Photos from Learning Curves Montessori Lincoln's post 23/03/2022

Sitting still, listening to lectures and memorizing facts are not the natural ways in which children learn. 🥱 Maria Montessori discovered that children learn through working with solid objects that they can touch and feel. 👐 Hands-on learning has many benefits such as:
✅Enhancing memory
✅Stimulating curiosity and creativity
✅Building confidence
✅Engaging concentration
❓Why do think children benefit most from activities that are hands-on?


Practical life skills help children develop independence. 🌱 Through activities like sweeping children to strengthen and control their movements while also developing skills that are useful in other areas of the curriculum such as:
Montessori children are provided with ergonomic tools such as child-sized brooms and shown how to use them, which leads to confidence and self-reliance. 🧹 What do you like about Montessori practical life activities?

The Top Benefits of a Montessori Education - Indy's Child Magazine 17/02/2022

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In the first six years of life children are absorbing information using all five senses. 👀 👂 👃 🤭 🤏 The Montessori sensorial curriculum works with the child’s own development to enhance their learning. 🌱 The sound cylinders are an example of a sensorial material that helps children develop the auditory sense, which is essential for language and music. 🎵 The benefits of the material are:
✅Develops the ability to discriminate aurally
✅Appeals to the child’s sense of order as she matches red and blue-topped cylinders based on sound
✅Provides control of error allowing the child to work independently
❓What are your favorite sensorial materials?


We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated certified kaiako to join our team.

Our beautiful converted villa is licensed for 32 tamariki and 4 staff - 5 with the successful applicant. We have a large outdoor space and a well resourced centre. Creating a home away from home, we pride ourselves in our inclusive centre philosophy and really value our teaching team!

Please send your cover letter and cv to [email protected]

Applications close 25 February 2022

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When the staff read at night alongside their pets. We spend many hours outside of work researching and keeping up with current trends and practices in Early Childhood. We strive to be the best for you, your children and our staff


The Imagination Tree ❤


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"Empathy with children during a tantrum is not rewarding behaviour. It's meeing a need, the need for connection and understanding."
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Treasure Stones
"How often is the soul of man, especially that of a child, deprived because one does not put him in touch with nature?"
Maria Montessori

So many children are drawn to collecting stones. Every outing in Nature is an opportunity to extend the Stone Family that resides in their bedroom, under the bed, in the wardrobe, on the dresser. Many Indigenous Nations refer to the stones and rocks as Grandmothers, Ancestors who were here before the plants and animals, Ancestors who hold an ancient wisdom. Maybe our children can still feel that wisdom in their soul.

Photos from Learning Curves Montessori Abberley Park's post 24/02/2021

Wednesday afternoon fun. Part of our Montessori curriculum is caring for ourselves, others and our environment. This melted our hearts. Such a bond from our wee girl who doesn’t have animals in her life. Compassion can’t be taught be a teacher but it can be role modeled.


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.
Greetings to you this Waitangi Day.
A reminder from Dame Whina Cooper that we are the guardians; you and I are the ones who take care of the children and so shape Aotearoa New Zealand.


I was recently asked by someone about the effects of screen time on developing brains. This is a common concern amongst parents.

Quite simply the brain has not evolved to process the thousands of pixels of light that a screen emits to construct an image. While the neuroplasticity of the brain means older children have some ability to adapt to this, the infant brain is still forming and remains completely reliant on kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) in order to connect up the pathways that will develop intelligence and resilience. The technical term is “experience expectant” which means after thousands of years of evolution which saw babies developing within face to face/kanohi ki te kanohi relationships, the brain has now come to ‘expect’ this in order to develop. Any time the child or parent spends on a screen in the infant years is taking away from that development. With both parents and grandparents nowadays often at work for the child’s infancy, this precious interaction time has already been reduced greatly, and screen time is a further hinderance to this.

Combined with the WHO report warnings about how screens may interfere with the development of vision in the early years, there is enough of an academic base for me to caution parents around not only limiting screen time for their youngsters, but for themselves as well!

Kanohi ki te konohi! Face to face interaction = attunement


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