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The magic of Montessori

Over 100 years ago a young Italian woman devised a new approach to education based on a foundation of encouragement and respect. Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Italy, a country that at the time was especially conservative in its attitude towards women.  Despite many obstacles, Montessori was the first woman in Italy to […]

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Terriffic teeth

“If you don’t brush your teeth then you have unhealthy teeth,” said Holly. “Brush your teeth,” said Daniel. “We take care of our teeth by eating vegetables,” said Kaitlyn. “Please don’t eat chocolate because its not healthy for your teeth,” said Kaitlyn. “We brush our teeth at preschool,” said Chloe, “You should brush your teeth,” […]

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Our New Hand Washing Station

Following on from Sarah Moudry’s inspiring workshops at the MANZ (Montessori Association of NZ) conference last month, we have set up a hand washing stand in our 0-3 room at Montessori Taradale.  Not only does this promote well being for the tamariki by giving them full access to practice their hand washing, it also promotes […]

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WAM Festival wonders

Montessori Rangimarie was one of 24 BestStart centres participating in the inaugural WAM festival (Wearable Arts and Music) on 18 July. The festival was all about encouraging creativity and learning about sustainability. The key was to have fun being creative. Our vision is to empower our youngest generation to be happy, productive global citizens. Our […]

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Rangimarie travels the world

Our BestStart doll Rangimarie has been on an epic adventure to USA and Europe! She’s been travelling in style with our Montessori Rangimarie teacher Katherine and has been sending updates on her adventure via regular Storypark updates which the children wait with great excitement to receive.

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Baking on a Cold Day!

We made some delicious muffins at Montessori Mona Vale when Katie found some bananas in our pantry that were looking a little bit too brown for us to eat, so we decided to bake something with them. Divinity suggested we make banana muffins – great idea! It was such a cold day, it was lovely […]

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Collaboration Club!

These colourful building resources are so popular at Montessori Mona Vale right now, and its a delight to see how these facilitate so much collaboration among our young learners. A large group of children worked together, negotiating over pieces, planning their building, sharing in the tasks and working together to build this very impressive structure with […]

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Celebrating USA Independence Day in the Children’s House

Independence Day is the national day of the United States of America and is celebrated on the 4th July. It is to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the British Empire in 1776. At Montessori the Gardens we have several children and families who have a strong connection to the U.S.A. Preparation […]

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Our Wonderful Parents Supporting Our Children’s Learning

Montessori Taradale have had some amazing parent support over the last month, with parents coming in to support the children’s learning.  The children have had a session of rugby skills training with Kirsten and Damien, pilates with Tamsyn, and some harakeke weaving with Natalie.  We are so lucky to have our parents fully engaged with […]

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Practical Life Skills

Montessori Taradale‘s under 3s team attended the recent MANZ conference held in Hawke’s Bay.  This was a hugely uplifting experience for us as a team and has given us lots of food for thought in relation to our casa and our practice.  Our “take away” from conference has been to take a closer look at […]

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