Education Review Office (ERO) Report for 2014
The 2014 ERO evaluation of Titoki judged the school as "very well placed" to promote positive learning outcomes for children. This is a mark that is rarely attained by pre-schools and a testimony to the great teachers and environment that Titoki Montessori offers. Please read the full review here.
The Casa Classroom
The Preschool classroom (Casa), for children between the ages of three to six, is a carefully prepared environment that encourages children to learn individually, at their own pace. Your child has extraordinary powers of mind. He or she possesses once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information from his or her environment, like a sponge. Dr. Montessori called this phenomenon "the absorbent mind". We have prepared a dynamic learning environment with a wealth of concrete, manipulative learning materials that encourage the child to discover and learn throughout this limited period of her life. Montessori teachers are trained to observe each individual child and to put them in touch with the things they are most interested in learning; the results are joy, immense satisfaction and excitement about learning.
One of the most striking aspects of the Preschool classroom is its peacefulness. There is a deep sense of respect from the children towards others and from the teachers toward the children. Through "grace and courtesy" exercises, we teach children how to problem solve conflicts, how to act politely in varying situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.
The multi age classroom allows younger children to have role models and older children opportunities for leadership. Traditional classrooms, where children are grouped according to chronological age, fosters leadership on children with outgoing personalities. In the Montessori preschool classroom, even the shyest five year old is thrust into a leadership role, because the younger children look up to them and ask for their help and assistance.
The youngest child fills their days with activities centred on "Practical Life". Here, they learn to sweep, bake, scrub, polish and care for all things in the environment. They experiment with sensorial materials that educate their visual, auditory and tactile senses. They play vocabulary sound games and sing and dance when children gather for group activities.
As the child progresses in their experiences, they are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the ground work for reading and writing in the future. They are introduced to numbers and the decimal system - with the most amazing concrete materials to show the way. They learn about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; they learn about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art - at their own pace, in their own time.
It is during his third year (the traditional new entrants or year one) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the programme with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless. They are now ready to move on to a primary setting or continue to a Montessori 6-12 programme.
"Titoki gave Ruby the space and time and environment to nurture (her) interests...We are also very grateful for the foundation Ruby received in maths, creative writing, exploring the natural world and the opportunity for leadership and being a guide for the younger children. Ruby is developing the confidence and peace of mind to consider her actions and to think for herself. We put much of this down to the teachers and environment at Titoki and can only recommend it highly as a place for children to go to.The teachers at Titoki really live the Montessori philosophy and understand profoundly how to follow and quietly support each child as they experience the Casa years.We are grateful to have such teachers who fill the school with love and nurture for the young ones. We really look forward to seeing our other children grow through this school."- Myles and Sufong