Parklands School is a member of the "Australia Montessori Foundation".
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a psychiatrist and educator whose work in the early 20th century underlies the educational philosophy of many modern schools. Dr Montessori's observations of the ways children learned led to an educational philosophy emphasising practical life activities that channel each child's natural enthusiasm and curiosity into real life skills to encourage independence and responsibility.
Principles espoused by Dr Montessori are entirely consistent with the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia of 2009. Her method recognises and nurtures young children's ability to think for themselves, to absorb information of their own choosing and to correct their own mistakes. She designed the prepared environment to provide children with what they need to develop their full potential. Beautiful Montessori maths, language and sensorial learning materials develop numeracy, literacy and sensory awareness of colour, sound, shape, texture, temperature, weight and taste. The Montessori materials are complemented by a range of quality educational puzzles, books, board games and open-ended construction, role play and art materials that encourage creativity.
Montessori philosophy and the reality-based prepared environment are as relevant as ever, and possibly more so, in this digital, virtual age. A Montessori teacher's role is to observe and guide learning in a rich, ordered, attractive environment with a strong emphasis on nature and links to the outside world. Each child's own way of acquiring knowledge is fostered to help them realise their social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual potential through self-directed active learning. Montessori philosophy recognises language and social development as crucial to growth in all other areas and children's activity is viewed as constructive, formative and central to the process.
Each child follows his or her interests and works at an individual pace, free from competition, compulsion and grading. Vital lifelong learning dispositions such as self-discipline, respect, patience, persistence and concentration develop as a result and prepare children well for the new school environments they encounter as they mature.