We offer the children the suitable prepared environment, which corresponds to the needs and interests of the children, in order to create the conditions for the individual development of play and movement. We offer the children the structure they need to be able to orientate themselves well in the rooms and in the daily routine. The space and the offer give the children peace and security in the form of time that the child has to decide for themselves when to play with what and for how long. This can sometimes be the same game for several hours if the child is no longer motivated or animated by an adult and is allowed to enjoy the quiet presence of his caregiver. It is particularly important to us not to accelerate the development of movements and games. Being able to wait until a child shows interest in a cause is an essential point in our accompaniment of children. Montessori pedagogy is a very important educational step for us.
- The sensitive phases in the child’s development in which the child has a particular susceptibility to the acquisition of certain skills.
- The prepared environment, which has suggestions and offers the opportunity for individual development.
- The observation of the individual inclinations, preferences, interests and talents of the individual children in order to promote them through appropriate offers.
We support the child’s strengths and go back to the beginning of the problem if there are difficulties. We value and support the curiosity of children, we perceive and respect the different temperaments. Each child is granted their own individual developmental period. Arguments among children are normal. If the children are not able to solve the conflict on their own, then we try to find solutions together with the children.
5.Daily routine. Important: when should the children arrive at the kindergarten at the latest
Arrive phase is until 9:00 am.
Daily structure of children aged 1 to 3 years
This is based on the needs of the children. Circle and snack (together at 9:15 am). A shared snack invites children to communicate. Afterwards, a common group for all children who want to be part of the day. Afterwards there is room for free play with offers, time for individual observation by the teacher, for creative work and movement and individual small group activities.
They will find a prepared environment appropriate to their age that invites them to work independently. Here they can climb, balance, play, relax, get in touch with others or stay to themselves. The children have free access to movement material, unstructured material, language material, practical life exercises, sensory material, music material and art material. The task of the educators is to prepare the room accordingly, to pay attention to the children and to accompany them in a respectful, mindful manner.
Lunch together begins at 11:30, after which the hour of sleep is announced, which lasts around 2:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. there is a joint snack. Then the children either go to the terrace or they stay in the group room and use the material offered.
Daily structure of children aged 3 to 6 years
Arrive phase is until 9:00 am.
All children can choose which area they want to stay in until 09:30. During this time, the snack buffet is also freely accessible to everyone. This offers sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as water and tea every day. A circle is offered at 09:30. Children gather for this and they sing, talk and make music together. The circle sees itself as a fixed ritual in the daily routine and includes important learning goals such as concentration, perseverance and communication in the group. After the circle, people go to the park or make special offers. The kindergarten room, the terrace and the cloakroom are available for the group, where the children can freely choose where they want to go. In each of these areas, the children are offered different things, e.g. presentation of the Montessori material, painting outdoors on the terrace, … Lunch takes place in groups at 12:00 and is delivered fresh every day. After lunch there is a period of calm and quiet where the children find time to rest, listen to music, listen to a story. Afterwards, the children have the opportunity to play freely or take part in various offers from the teachers and assistants, such as a movement construction site or a creative offer. The native speaker supports the children. The snack is offered at 2:30 p.m. Children help with the preparation.
Then an afternoon group is offered where the children can talk about their day. There is also singing and dancing. Afterwards there is free play for all children until they are picked up.