Montes­sori cen­tre’s first birth­day

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - KAROLINE TUCKEY

One year on from open­ing, and the In­spir­ing Minds Montes­sori early child­hood cen­tre has al­ready achieved a full roll.

Stu­dents, staff and guests re­cently shared birth­day cake, songs, pump­kin soup and per­for­mances at the Matipo St pre-school’s first birth­day.

Rep­re­sent­ing the wider com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships fos­tered dur­ing the year, stu­dents from the Queen El­iz­a­beth Col­lege Ser­vice Academy vis­ited for the day, pre­sent­ing what lead teacher Ri­hana Lathiff de­scribes as a ‘‘mes­meris­ing’’ haka.

Ri­hana says the party was a great way to ac­knowl­edge an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing first 12 months.

‘‘"We’re quite pleased with how it’s pro­gress­ing. I’ve loved watch­ing the chil­dren grow and de­velop; they are quite free to in­ter­act and ex­plore.’’

The cus­tomised open-plan ed­u­ca­tion space was cre­ated in a 1960s four-bed­room house.

Based on the ed­u­ca­tional philoso­phies of Maria Montes­sori, the Montes­sori ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion helps chil­dren de­velop a love of learn­ing by en­cour­ag­ing their own nat­u­ral in­ter­ests.

The preschool caters for 25 chil­dren be­tween 2 1⁄2 – 6.

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