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About Montessori Education. Brilliant Minds, Brilliant Babies

Babies love to learn! Dr Maria Montessori found that children have an inherent urge to learn and master everything in their environment, almost effortlessly. Given a choice, they will naturally choose activities that stimulate them and meet their unique developmental needs at a given moment.
However, children quickly loose interest in activities that are too easy or too difficult. This means that your job as your child’s Montessori teacher is to carefully observe your child and make appropriate materials and activities available to them at the right time. Through some simple guidelines you will learn to get the most out of your Montessori toys and start your child on the path to being a brilliant baby with a brilliant mind.

Why Start Early Learning?

The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. In the past, some scientists thought the brain's development was determined genetically and that brain growth followed a biologically predetermined path. Now we know that early experiences impact development and influence the way in which the circuits (or pathways) of the brain become ‘wired’.
This is why it is so important for babies to experience, explore, repeat and manipulate materials during infancy and early childhood. They will develop their pincer grasp, their hand to eye ability and ready themselves for the next stage in their development.

What is the Montessori Method?

Montessori is one of the fastest-growing and most popular educational methods in the world today. It began in Italy in the early 1900s by Dr Maria Montessori, a doctor and educator who achieved remarkable results with children by designing an educational program that makes the most of their innate desire to learn.
Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) recognised that education starts at birth and that the first six years, being the most formative both physically and mentally, are the most important. It is during this time that a child's absorption is the greatest, and attitudes and patterns of learning are formed that will last for life. She also noted that a child’s capacity to learn is enhanced by an appropriate environment.
During her forty years of working with children, Dr Montessori discovered insights about the child and human development that continue to be borne out by modern research. The Montessori method of education is now heralded throughout the world for the results it produces with children from all backgrounds.

Click here to watch a very entertaining short video that will give a great example of the differences between Montessori education and conventional education.

Montessori in Australia

If you would like to know more about Montessori education in Australia and access a complete listing of Montessori schools and information about the Montessori method, contact the Montessori Australia Foundation or the Montessori Australia Council




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Globe Puzzle (57pc) by GOKI | Educational Wooden Toys
Globe Puzzle (57pc) by GOKI
Was: $15.40 Inc GST
SALE 10% OFF $13.86 Inc GST

2 in 1! A circular wooden jigsaw puzzle of the world set in a wooden plate. Pieces are reversible to give you the Americas and Alaska on one side and Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe on the other. Places of interest and native animals are also shown on the countries which makes the puzzle educational as well as fun! All GOKI products are designed in Germany and manufactured to strict quality and safety standards, meeting both European and Australian requirements.
Recommended age: 6 years +
Ladybird Gardener Playset by Janod | Outdoor Play
Ladybird Gardener Playset by Janod
Was: $40.15 Inc GST
SALE 10% OFF $36.14 Inc GST

Not only is gardening great fun, it encourages kids to learn about their environment and can be an ideal activity to do as a family. The Janod Cocci Gardening Set includes a metal bucket, hand rake and shovel, a "kid-sized" pair of gloves and a spray bottle for delicate leaves, all printed with the sweet Ladybird motif. Watch their delight when they can pick their first pea-pod, cherry tomato or sunflower! All Janod toys are designed in France and manufactured to strict quality and safety standards, meeting both European and Australian requirements.
Recommended age: 3 - 8 years
Nature Gardener Playset by Janod | Educational Wooden Toys
Nature Gardener Playset by Janod
Was: $46.09 Inc GST
SALE 10% OFF $41.48 Inc GST

Kids love playing in sand and water so encourage them to make more than mud pies and learn about their environment with the Janod Nature Gardener Set. Complete with a mushroom motif, the set includes a metal watering can, hand shovel, rake and a "kid-sized" pair of gloves. You can help your little green thumb grow their own vegies and plants and see their delight everytime they pick something ready to eat! All Janod toys are designed in France and manufactured to strict quality and safety standards, meeting both European and Australian requirements.
Recommended age: 3 - 8 years