Avon Valley Gazette - - EDUCATION MATTERS -

THE most rapid pe­riod of brain devel­op­ment oc­curs be­tween the ages of zero and three, says River­lands Montes­sori School prin­ci­pal Ineke Oliver.

“It is an op­ti­mum time for your child to learn, which is why River­lands Montes­sori School’s But­ter­fly House hosts a playgroup for chil­dren aged one to three,” she said.

“The playgroup fol­lows the Montes­sori phi­los­o­phy, is run by ex­pe­ri­enced fa­cil­i­ta­tors and of­fers a good se­lec­tion of equip­ment.”

The unique learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment is friendly, fun and fos­ters in­de­pen­dent and prac­ti­cal life skills.

It fea­tures a spe­cially pre­pared in­door/out­door work­room where chil­dren choose their work from the shelves and ex­plore with their par­ents.

Ses­sions in­clude a shared morn­ing tea and a mu­sic and move­ment ses­sion.

“We teach chil­dren by mod­el­ling the ac­tiv­i­ties and then giv­ing them am­ple op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise,” playgroup co­or­di­na­tor Bri­anna Rose said.

“Ac­tiv­i­ties de­velop con­cen­tra­tion, fine mo­tor skills, lan­guage, so­cial and prac­ti­cal life skills.”

River­lands Montes­sori School playgroup ses­sions are held 9-11am week­days. For a free trial, call 9250 6444.

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