Welcome to the Tadpoles Class - 2021
The Tadpole Toddlers
The Tadpoles’ programme is an environment for parents and children to work with a Montessori guide, who uses the prepared space to facilitate the child’s interactions. When immersed in this setting, parents learn about the Montessori Method and how to use this knowledge to follow their own child’s development.
The Tadpoles prepared environment
One of the most important parts of the Montessori classroom at any age is the prepared environment, which in the Toddler age group requires six elements for success. These are strategically planned across the classroom and take into account that your child needs freedom to explore the environment, order and structure, a connection to the real world, beauty in the surrounds, carefully designed Montessori materials and a sense of community.
Furthermore, the classroom is the child’s space and as adults we are guests within it and need to show that respectfully to our children.
The different areas in our Tadpoles classroom include:
- A space for the Care of Belongings to develop a sense of ownership:
- A space for the Care of Self to develop their own autonomy
- A space for Practical life tasks
- A rich Language environment to develop ever expanding vocabulary
- A space for Movement to develop gross and fine motor skills
- A space for Sensorial Exercises to capitalise on the need to concretely form sensory impressions of the world around them
- A space for Culture
Our Tadpoles develop their concentration skills by immersing themselves in the activities in each of these environments and we are constantly surprised by the intensity of their effort and how they strive for independence.
The Tadpoles make tea
Our young Tadpole learners love developing their skills and sharing these with others. Construction of learning takes many aspects and making tea is just one preferred activity for our younger community members to enjoy and focus their skills. They certainly have some wonderful discussions!
Exploration and enjoyment are key attributes to motivated learning.