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Curriculum

The Montessori classroom activities are divided into the following three main groups:

Practical Life

Practical Life activities provide the child with an understanding of the environment and how it works. Through these activities students gain skills needed for everyday living like pouring water, sifting flour or doing up buttons and shoe laces.

Sensorial Materials

Sensorial Materials use the child's powers of observation to understand the world around them. Children use the materials to differentiate and learn about height, weight, length, colour, smell and shape.

Academic Materials

As children show an interest and readiness to advance, they are introduced to pre-reading and pre-maths activities. These activities are combined with academic materials and offer excellent preparation and provide logical, fun progression.

The Montessori materials offer exceptional teaching by incorporating Montessori activities with other kindergarten methods providing a creative environment for all children.  Professionally trained staff is the key to delivering a strong learning environment.  Our Preschool is proud of its staff and the educational environment it has created.

Reconciliation

The Trinity College vision for reconciliation is one shared and committed to at the pre-school. Download the full document here.

Montessori Preschool Staff

Sue Reynolds - Dip T. (Early Childhood)
Director - Early Learning Centre.
Sue was a kindergarten teacher and Director at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island where she was also in charge of a mobile Kindergarten and worked to establish a centre at Penneshaw.  She was the Director of the Burra Preschool before moving to Gawler and establishing the College's Out of School Hours Care Programme and the Montessori Preschool.

Michelle Heath - B Ed. (Early Childhood), Grad. Cert. Ed (Learning Difficulties)
Assistant Director – Preschool.
Prior to establishing the Montessori Preschool in 1996, Michelle taught at Trinity College North Junior School. She has broad experience with working with young children, and has also completed a range of Montessori studies.

Donna Skoda (Dip T)
Teacher
Donna has had a range of teaching experiences and has also completed Montessori training which enables her to combine the best methods of early childhood education when teaching children.

Sue, Michelle and Donna have completed all of the Montessori Curriculum Workshops, are members of the Montessori Association of Australia, and have links with Montessori Preschools around the state.

Julie Dorey (B Ed.)
Teacher
Julie has had a long association at Trinity College as a parent, relief teacher and with the Music Programme. She now teaches part time at the Preschool.

Class Assistants - Jodie Both, Janine Gilland and Tracy Longrigg.  Jodie, Janine and Tracy work with the teaching staff to provide much needed support.

This creates a 'child to teacher ratio' of at least 1:10. All teachers work together to implement a new, fun and rich learning environment for the children at each session.

Enrolment Officer - Anita Borchard
Anita is responsible for enrolments, invoicing, phone enquiries and all other day to day Montessori matters.

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