“The things the child sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”Maria Montessori
Our curriculum includes a variety of themes involving learning through play activities, arts and crafts, songs and games. On average, each theme lasts for two weeks and where possible, all our learning in those two weeks stems from the active theme. There is information on the school noticeboard explaining the current theme and displaying samples of our planned activities for parents to view. Some of the themes we cover are:
Who Am I? Autumn Squirrel Halloween Hibernation Winter Christmas Healthy Food Dinosaurs Valentine's Day St. Patrick's Day Mothers' Day Spring Trees Fathers' Day Under The Sea Summer
Síolta & Aistear
What is Aistear?
Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland; it was published towards the end of 2009. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. Aistear describes the types of learning that are important for children in their early years and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning may be nurtured.
The four themes of Aistear are:
Identity and Belonging
Exploring and Thinking
For more information on Aistear click here
Principles of Síolta
The principles of Síolta are the core values that guide the way we work in early childhood care and education services. They help us organise our services, how we relate to children and families, to each other, the content of what we teach and the way in which it is taught.
Montessori Principles at Bambini Kids
Montessori education is an approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development.
I love Maria Montessori's Philosophy on early childhood education and while our school is very play centred I regularly include Montessori material.