A Day at Hoppers Crossing Montessori Centre: More Than Just Play

At Hoppers Crossing Montessori Centre, every day is an adventure filled with learning, growth, and fun. Our daily schedule is thoughtfully designed to cater to the holistic development of children, from toddlers to kindergarteners. Let’s walk you through a typical day at our centre and explore the benefits of each part of our routine.

Morning Arrival: A Warm Welcome

As the children arrive at the centre from 7 am, they’re greeted with warm smiles and a nurturing environment that feels like a second home. This initial interaction is crucial as it sets a positive tone for the day. The children start their day feeling secure, valued, and ready to engage in the day’s activities.

Nutritious Breakfast: Fuel for the Mind

From 7 am until 8 am, the children enjoy a nutritious breakfast that includes a selection of cereals, bread, butter, jam, and milk. This meal is essential as it provides them with the energy needed for concentration and learning. Eating breakfast has been linked to better memory and cognitive function, helping children to perform better throughout the day.

Setting the Stage: Responsibility and Independence

Between 8:15 and 8:30 am, the children transition to their designated rooms and assist in setting up the environment. This not only teaches them responsibility and teamwork but also fosters a sense of belonging and pride in their surroundings. Learning to take care of their environment is a fundamental part of Montessori education, promoting independence and self-discipline.

Morning Montessori Cycle: Engaged Learning

The core of our Montessori programme runs from 8:30 am until about 11:30 am. During this period, children engage in a variety of Montessori activities that are designed to cater to their individual learning paces and interests. These activities help develop their cognitive, motor, and social skills. The Montessori method encourages children to explore materials with minimal intervention, fostering curiosity and a love for learning.

Group Discussion: Communication and Reflection

At 11:30 am, there’s a group discussion where children share their experiences, thoughts, and opinions about the activities they participated in. This is an excellent opportunity for them to develop their communication skills and learn to express themselves clearly and confidently. It also encourages them to listen to others and respect different viewpoints, enriching their social and emotional development.

Lunch and Outdoor Play: Social Skills and Physical Health

Lunchtime from 12:00 to 12:30 pm is more than just eating; it’s a social activity where children learn table manners and enjoy conversations with friends. Following lunch, outdoor activities from 12:30 to 1:15 pm provide a crucial break and help develop physical health. Outdoor play is vital for improving motor skills, gaining physical strength, and reducing stress.

Rest and Nap Time: Recharge and Refresh

From 1:15 to 2:00 pm, children who are not napping have the opportunity to engage in quiet activities, allowing them to rest and recharge. Meanwhile, 3-year-olds continue their nap until 3 pm. Rest periods are essential for young children as they support cognitive and physical growth. A well-rested child is more attentive and active.

Extended Montessori Period: Deepening Learning

The afternoon session from 2 to 4 pm offers an extended Montessori period where children can dive deeper into activities of their choice. This time is particularly beneficial for developing concentration and advanced skills in a quiet, focused environment. It encourages persistence and self-motivation, as children work independently or in small groups on projects that interest them.

Creative Hour: Exploration and Expression

From 4 to 5 pm, the centre buzzes with energy as children engage in projects, dancing, and storytelling. This creative hour is crucial for emotional and artistic development, offering a platform for self-expression and innovation. Children explore various forms of art, learning to communicate their ideas and feelings through more than just words.

Evening Routine: Wind Down and Reflect

As the day closes, a late snack from 5 to 5:15 pm provides a final energy boost. Children then enjoy free play from 5:15 to 6:30 pm, which allows them to unwind and choose activities that reflect their interests, fostering decision-making and personal preferences.

At Hoppers Crossing Montessori Centre, we believe that every part of the day contributes to developing well-rounded, confident, and curious learners. Our schedule is crafted to nurture every aspect of a child’s growth, preparing them not just for school, but for life. Join us and watch your child thrive in an environment that values and enhances every step of their journey.