We are very excited to share our experience of running a six week enrichment program for childminders from May to June this year.
After a very successful enrichment program last year, we had a wonderful response and a very enthusiastic group to work with.
Phindi and Lundi facilitated a series of six valuable and informative interactive learning sessions at Hout Bay Montessori with childminders and teaching assistants from the Hout Bay area. The sessions were a huge success, with an opportunity for shared learning, lots of active participation and loads of fun.
Phindi and Lundi shared their experience of studying Montessori and teaching at Hout Bay Montessori.
The content of the six sessions were based on the First Children program of Auburn House Trust. Some of the broader topics covered included understanding the child and understanding the role of adults as teachers and role models, respect, independence, order and freedom from a Montessori perspective.
There was also an opportunity to share experience and learn more about the approach and the child’s environment at school and in the home. We spend time walking around the Montessori classroom and observing ‘the prepared environment’. Participants had the opportunity to observe Phindi and Lundi demonstrating some of the Montessori activities that the children do in the day and think about what would be useful and fun to reinforce for children at home.
It was a wonderful group of ladies, who became very close after six weeks of being together and shared amazing feedback of their experiences and learning. We felt the objectives had been achieved with participants gaining some practical Montessori tools that can be applied to engaging and stimulating and enjoying life, learning and play with children at home. There was also a focus on the Montessori way when it comes to listening to, collaborating with and enabling children to be their beautiful evolving selves.
Feedback from Participants:
WOW!! What a beautiful time I had here at Montessori. I have really learnt a lot…About Freedom, Peace, Order and Respect…The child that I look after now knows how to pack away her toys after use…She shows how to dress herself and even to play nicely with the other kids…Montessori ways work like MAGIC…THANK YOU!!!
I enjoyed learning a lot at Montessori School because I work at a school which is very different from Montessori School. Everything is in order and the kids know how to be independent, even how to work with their classroom materials. What is so important to me is that what I learned at this course, I can go and do it with my kids at my school even my own child at home. Thank you for everything, your time and effort!!
Being at Montessori course helped me in so many ways. I learned a lot about being independent, respect for each other and kids. Thanks a lot.
I am so glad to be in this course for the past six weeks. I have learnt a lot as a childminder. It is so amazing I have learnt about independence and order to teach the child to be independent and to respect the kids. We must understand the kids as much as we understand ourselves. You must know how to speak to kids and give the kids time not to rush the kids, you must be patient with the kids. Do not do everything for kids, teach kids to do things for themselves (to be independent). Thank you so much!
It was to say thank you very much for doing this course because I have learned a lot. Respect for kids, listen to them, and be calm when you are speaking to them. Don’t compare them. You must teach them to do their own things like pick up their stuffed toys etc. Don’t rush them, be calm so I just wait to say thank you so much for the staff of Montessori, I learn a lot.
WOOW, what an amazing time I had during my six weeks discussions at HBM. I have learnt a lot from these amazing teachers. I have learnt that respect is very important in a child’s like and order is very very important. It is a necessity for the child to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually. Thank you for such an amazing time we had together.