Graduation Day

Ceremony and tradition are so important in the affirming of relationships and acknowledgment of shared moments. Although our ‘graduates’ are very young, it is important to acknowledge the milestones they have achieved, and the precious time we have spent with them. We had a very special ceremony with the families, saying farewell to little ones moving on, a thank you to the wonderful staff who have cared for them, a special thanks to parents for support and involvement and an embracing of those moving on with us. As part of their end of year package the children receive an assessment report, so that we have an idea of their interests and milestones, and that parents are up to date with what we are seeing at the nursery. They also have a certificate, and a gift pack with their art work. The children really enjoyed and appreciated the moment of attention. They are all so dear, and we are so very privileged to be a part of this special time in their lives.


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Pool Day

Today we enjoyed a fun, messy day with water, which then became mixed up with sand, and turned out to be mud bathes. The children laughed their way through the morning, surfacing messy from head to toe and more excited for it. We don’t often get the opportunity to let children just be completely children, digging, exploring, experimenting and making mess. Our adult need for order is sometimes a clumsy hindrance on the natural learning process of a child.


What do Whales eat?

One of the aims in Montessori education is to introduce children from a young age to the wonders of the natural world, instilling respect and curiosity. Today we learnt about what Whales eat, looking at pictures, and making whale models.


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Learning about Size, and grading

Today we looked at the size of the Orca and graded sea animals from Big to Small. To reinforce this learning, we made a collage of a large Orca. This exercise also worked fine motor skills, tearing and sticking the paper. They also had to carefully follow instructions to keep the black pieces in the right area.





Making shell necklaces, lacing straws and painted pastas 🙂





This activity can be quite challenging for little fingers, but using a sturdy sting and large threading holes, they manage well. Some of them needed some help guiding and pulling through, but were still very engaged in the process and happy with their final product.


The sound of the ocean

Central to the Montessori approach is the development and building of auditory skills. In introducing the children to the ocean, we took turns during our circle time listen to the sounds of a shell. We spoke about what it sounds like, and how the ocean sounds. Following this, we made sound cylinders.




Fine Motor Skills – Gluing with Fingers

The development of fine motor skills is one of the most important areas of focus during early years. This is because fine motor skills are essential for pencil grip and handwriting. Most of our activities are aimed at tuning these skills, exercises such as threading, spooning, and gluing. In this exercise, as part of our ‘OCEAN THEME’ the children are decorating fish mobiles with sequence. For this exercise the children used their fingers, instead of a glue stick, this is a good sensory and integrative exercise, adding to the fine motor experience.


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