CHILDREN'S HOUSE WELCOME
A very warm welcome to the Children's House Division at Somersfield Academy!
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Somersfield Academy Children’s House. We offer students an exceptional education experience based on timeless Montessori principles, which have become more and more relevant in our ever-changing world.
The Children’s House encompasses six classrooms for students ages 2 ½ to 6 years of age. The classrooms are prepared Montessori environments designed to encourage children in their self-directed discovery of the world. Maria Montessori believed that the years from three to six are the most critical period for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for all future development which is why we strive to constantly create environments that keep this joy of discovery alive.
Our rich learning environments are staffed by skilled, observant teachers whose central mission is to support the unfolding of each individual child’s potential. We recognise that every child is unique, and we are committed to nurturing and respecting those distinctive qualities in each child while guiding them to reach their highest intellectual, emotional and social potential.
"Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life” – Maria Montessori
Head of Children's House
The Children's House programme is for children ages 3-6 and focuses on the development of each child's full potential using teachers specially trained in the Montessori Method and philosophy. Our teachers use both concrete teaching materials and a well-defined innovative curriculum tailored to address each stage in a child's development.
Our students learn within a culture of collaboration, community, and creativity. They are enthusiastic learners who enter the primary years with an innate love of learning and with a sense of purpose, community responsibility and self-discipline. These are truly the learners and leaders the world needs and anticipates as we surge more deeply into the complexities of the 21st century.
Building strong relationships between the teacher and child, the teacher and their families, and the families and our community is vital. When staff, parents, and community work together, the outcome will be a successful child in the classroom leading to a productive life.
Children's House Garden
A garden is an essential part of the learning and development of the children within an authentic Montessori environment.
Dr. Montessori purported that children learn best through working with their hands. She also believed that children are a part of nature and that the classroom should not only be confined to the indoors. Having a garden cultivates a sense of balance within each child because they are able to have time to be by themselves when necessary as well as enjoy communicating and working with others.
They also begin to develop their concentration, sense of order and coordination as well as foster independence.
Best of all having a garden brings a smile to their faces each time they see a flower blooming or seeds sprouting through the soil.
"The child is endowed with unknown powers which can guide us to a radiant future.”
- Maria Montessori