Welcome to Windsor Montessori School.  Located in the heart of Malahide village, three doors up from the AIB bank and within walking distance from St. Oliver Plunkets, St Andrews and St. Sylvester's National Schools.  We aim to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for your child through the use of the  of education.

 

 

Please take a look at our website and feel free to call with any enquiries that you may have or to arrange an appointment to visit the school.

 

 

 

 

Ethos

We at Windsor Montessori School follow Maria Montessori's philosophy on education. Every child is different and each child's individuality is respected. Children are encouraged to be independent through self-correcting materials and by the idea of freedom of choice within limits in the classroom. All children are welcome at Windsor Montessori School regardless of gender, race, religion or ability.

 

 

ECCE Scheme

The ECCE programme is open to all children aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.  To avail of the programme at any stage during the pre-school year commencing in September 2012, children must have been born between 2nd February 2008 and 30th June 2009 (both dates inclusive).

 

Opening times

Windsor Montessori School opens Monday to Friday 9.15a.m -12.45pm.  The school runs on the school terms, September to June.  A full school calendar will be available at the start of term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Montessori believed that finding one’s place in the world, finding work that is meaningful and fulfilling, and developing the inner peace and depth of soul that allows us to love are the most important goals in life. A physician specialising in both paediatrics and psychiatry, Dr. Montessori realised that learning itself is a natural process. This idea and her belief that every child has vast potential sparked the basis for her educational philosophy and her life’s work.

 

 

She believed that children learn by doing. The classroom, where everything is just their size, is full of beautiful things. The concrete materials let children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and deeper ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Practical Life

    Practical Life activities are central to the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. The emphasis is on practicing skills – the process is more important than the product. Practical Life exercises give children the opportunity to refine their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, hand strength, balance, concentration and ability to do things for themselves. Through the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop practical skills that will serve them all of their lives. Some of the Primary Practical Life exercises include Pouring, Lacing, Scooping, Flower Arranging, Food Preparation, Serving and Table Washing.

  • Language

    Language pervades the Montessori classroom and crosses all curriculum areas. Every child is introduced to the names of things, and sounds, and letters, while the older child may be beginning to read. Language materials are often tactile, taking advantage of the 3 and 4 year old’s sensitivity to learning through touch. Writing often comes early to the Montessori child through the use of concrete materials, like the pre-cut letters of the Moveable Alphabet, that allow him / her to express their knowledge without needing the precise control of a pencil. Language Materials include Sandpaper Letters, Language Objects for initial sounds practice, word and picture Matching Cards, a Farm activity to develop vocabulary and Early Reader books.

  • Sensorial

    Sensorial materials are designed to help children learn about qualities like colour, size, shape, length, texture and sound. 3 – 6 year olds are increasingly able to make finer and finer discriminations of the many stimuli all around them. Sensorial activities assist children in refining this skill and becoming good observers of the world. Sensorial materials in the Primary classroom include Knobbed Cylinders for practice with dimension, Colour tablets, Rough and Smooth Boards, Geometric Solids, the Pink Tower and the Binomial Tube.

  • Mathematics

    Concrete materials are used to introduce mathematical concepts in the Montessori classroom. Children build their abstract mathematical reasoning skills on these early concrete experiences. They learn how a numeral represents an amount. They manipulate objects to see concretely operations like addition and subtraction. These exercises cater to children’s developing sense of order, sequence, one-to-one correspondence and directionality. Primary Mathematical activities include Sandpaper Numerals, the Spindle Box for counting, Numerals and Counters, the Hundred Board, Bead Chains and Golden Beads to introduce the decimal system.

  • Geography

    Geography is an important part of the Montessori curriculum. The curriculum begins with the two hemispheres of Earth and becomes more detailed as children learn about continents, and then countries. The very young child will use the wooden Puzzle Maps as puzzles, but the older child can use the pieces as a guide as he makes his own maps, labeled with his own handwriting when he is ready.

  • Science & Nature

    Children are introduced to many topics and learn to make predictions in their Science and Nature activities. The Land and Water work, introducing the concept of Lake and Island, is closely connected to the Geography curriculum. Children learn about Volcanoes, the layers of the Earth and the Solar System. They go on nature walks and then research the leaves, seed or flowers they have found. They learn to classify things, predict the results of experiments and test their predictions. The Science and Nature curriculum is designed not only to help children discover facts, but to honour the sense of wonder they have about the world. Activities include Sink or Float, Living or Non-Living, Magnetic or Non-Magnetic, Land and Water Forms, the Structure of the Earth and Botany.

  • Grace & Courtesy

    In the Montessori classroom, children and adults take care to be gracious and courteous to one another. This area of the curriculum encourages respect for oneself, for other members of the community, for the living things in the classroom, and for the environment. Carrying things carefully, returning them to their place so others may use them, moving gracefully and carefully, using polite and respectful language, showing consideration to others, good table manners, properly introducing oneself, and interrupting politely are all part of the lessons in Grace and Courtesy.

  • Art

    The Montessori classroom includes an ever changing selection of art and creative activities for children. Fine motor practice, colour work, and imagination all come into play in the Art area. Lessons on great artists, matching activities with fine art prints, collage and glue, cutting with scissors, hole punching, markers, crayons, paint and our own playdough are all part of the Art curriculum.

  • Music

    Music is an important part of a child’s education. It can refine their listening skills, build on their concentration and can be used to relax or rest from work. The children have fun learning nursery rhymes and songs. They will learn about the different instruments and the four components of the orchestra. They will also be introduced to various types of music including Classical, Opera, Irish, Salsa, Jazz etc.

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    Phone: 087-1251222

    Email: ailbhe@windsormontessorischool.ie

    Address: 3 Windsor Terrace, Church Road, Malahide.

     


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