Preschool (Stage 1)

Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori preschool classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

In a Montessori setting, children develop a strong sense of respect for themselves, for others, and for their environment.

The Program

Children take the first steps on their educational journey in these early years characterised by the sensitive periods of the ‘absorbent mind’.

The preschool classroom is divided into five main areas: practical life, cultural, sensorial, math, and language. Parts of each room are also devoted to art, science and geography. The classroom is scaled to the size of the preschoolers and arranged with materials and activities that are enticing and enjoyable

We must let the child walk and notice how he walks. His legs are short in comparison to ours and therefore he walks more slowly. Not only this, but the child explores the environment. 

Maria Montessori
Stage 1 teacher and child reading

Core Curriculum

The educators’ comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of children from 3-6 years informs the set-up of a carefully prepared environment, facilitating the tuition of core curriculum categorised as Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Literacy and Mathematics.

Practical Life

Encourages independence by learning to care for oneself, others, their classroom, and their environment. 

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Using sensorial materials specifically designed to develop the student’s senses and become more perceptive of their surrounding environment. These skills are necessary foundations for language and mathematics.

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Building on language skills already acquired, there is a focus on the development of vocabulary, the use of language and an exploration of the phonic sounds of the English language.

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An introduction to the world in which we live encompassing geography, zoology, botany, physical science and history.  Through cultural activities, children learn about their community and the broader world. They discover similarities, differences, and develop an understanding, appreciation and respect for diversity and all living things.

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Development of mathematical concepts through the manipulation of concrete materials. Through the mathematics materials, students learn to identify and quantify numerals, count and sequence numbers, add and subtract, identify patterns, and learn about various number systems.

Learn more about Mathematics



Care of the environment

Two girls on low bench putting on shoes.

Gross-motor skills

Fine-motor skills

Refinement of language

Two infant community children sitting at lunch table.

Respect for individuality

Abiding Curiosity

Sense of Community

“We love this school, and the warm supportive environment which nurtures our girls and focuses on building good humans who care about others and their environment. The teachers are absolutely brilliant, so dedicated and thoughtful about their work and really devoted to the children. I didn’t know much about Montessori methods when we first looked into it but have been so impressed. I would highly recommend the Montessori system to anyone considering it for their children.”

Laura Duesbury

How does the Montessori Prepared Environment differ from the traditional preschool?

In a traditional preschool, children more or less learn the same things at the same time, in the same ways, and are expected to meet the same benchmarks. Montessori preschools are focused more on individualised learning. There is less overall structure and more freedom for children to learn at their own pace.

The children use their senses to learn independently in the environment. The child does not receive rewards nor punishments such as stickers, stars or awards. We help the child to self-regulate through Grace and Courtesy lessons to instil the boundaries and expectations of their environment. 

Love Learning at Inner Sydney Montessori School