Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

NEW re­search by Mitchell In­sti­tute re­veals that 40 per cent of Aus­tralian chil­dren com­mence Year 1 with­out be­ing ready for for­mal learn­ing and re­main be­hind into early adult life, says Perth Montes­sori School prin­ci­pal Gary Pears.

“That’s why a qual­ity early learn­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram such as Montes­sori is es­sen­tial to en­sure the best pos­si­ble start to a child’s life,” he said.

“Neu­ro­science also tells us that much of the hard­wiring of the brain has al­ready been com­pleted by the start of Year 1, mak­ing it im­per­a­tive to com­mence that jour­ney as early as pos­si­ble; play sim­ply won’t do it all.”

Dr Pears said a child could com­mence at Perth Montes­sori School from three years old.

“Our classes are multi-age grouped, with a cur­ricu­lum de­signed to de­velop so­cial, cog­ni­tive and aca­demic skills, as well as at­ten­tion, fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion,” he said.

“Th­ese crit­i­cal de­vel­op­men­tal el­e­ments are learnt and must be prac­tised just like any other skill.”

“If your child is in need of greater in­tel­lec­tual and aca­demic stim­u­la­tion or you want a great match for you child’s po­ten­tial, call us or at­tend our next open­ing morn­ing.”

Call 9362 3186.

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