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On the 20th of July we opened our new Mount Lawley centre and are loving our new location down on Banks Reserve Pavilion on Joel Terrace. We are now an approved provider in this location and as such, parents can claim the Child Care Benefit and the Rebate.
We are now very settled in our new Karrinyup location, at 4 Davenport Street. It opened in October and due to popular demand we are now running 7.30 -
Welcome to Smart Start!
Smart Start is an exciting education program for children between the ages of 2 1/2 yrs and 5 1/2 yrs. Most children start when they are 3 and we take a few children per day who are between the age of 2 1/2 yrs and 3 yrs. The program has been running at the Onslow Park Tennis Club in Shenton Park since 2004 and at the Allen Park Tennis Club in Swanbourne since 2010. We follow Maria Montessori's motto, "follow the child", and are always looking for opportunities to enrich each child and recognize their individuality. We are dedicated to creating a learning environment, which encourages the child's natural curiosity, independence, and intellectual development, so that they will develop their full potential and grow into capable and confident, well rounded children with high self-
Having fun while learning
We provide a stimulating environment, based on Montessori and Accelerated Learning principles. Whilst having fun and socialising, the activities provide an instant attraction. The children are allowed to choose activities they like from the shelves and can concentrate on their job without being interrupted. At the same time, if they don't know what to get on with next, there is always a teacher organising the next little group game to shown them something new and they can join in if they are interested. There are very few rules: the children are expected to be busy and to respect each other and the equipment. We organise our program so that the children get a taste of many different things, and it is therefore worthwhile to bring your child in for 2 days, rather than having to take them to many separate events. The regularity helps your child to feel at home and build a circle of friends. Apart from learning the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, biology and geography, the children also have daily group activities doing brain gym, yoga, sports, French, Italian or German and music and movement.
Benefits of a mixed age group
The mixed age group provides a very stimulating environment because children always see someone else do something they have not yet done, thereby motivating them to gain the necessary skills to be able to do these tasks as well. It also means that no child ever feels that they are not as capable as someone else, because the mixed age group ensures that there are always other children at the same level for any particular task.
The equipment and toys are very practical and hands-
Afternoon sessions also introduce topics to do with science, biology and geography to extend the children's knowledge base. They then use their skills to do craft activities, related to the topic. French and German vocabulary is also introduced, taking advantage of the children’s incredible ability to learn languages at this age. We also want to encourage each child to learn to play an instrument and on some days, give the children the opportunity to learn to play the violin or keyboard as part of the daily sessions. Each session concludes with music and movement. Brain gym is also practised daily. Educational equipment and art activities are introduced and then remain available for the children to repeat and perfect the particular skills, so that they develop self-
Learning social skills
Many of the activities which are displayed on the shelves, are for use by one child at a time. This way, children learn to take responsibility for their work, tidying it back up and putting it back on the shelf. It also gives them the freedom to experiment with it and know that someone else cannot just come and take it away. Even though they may be doing their own job, they are all constantly interacting with each other. They sit around the table and will be looking and commenting on what others are doing. The children are also encouraged to show each other how to do certain activities, so the classroom is a very cooperative little community. Some activities can be done by two or more children. There are also many small group activities that take place during each session. There are memory games, little groups that are learning letters, doing some number game, etc. Each activity attracts different children and this way, the children are constantly involved with different children in the group and get to know everyone. Small groups are also taken outside to practise gross motor skills such as using the balancing beam, doing obstacle courses and practising ball games. By doing group activities, they also learn to take turns and to consider the others in the group.