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Casa Classroom

Excellence Recognised by ERO Evaluations

The most recent ERO evaluations of Titoki, which were conducted in 2019 and 2014, both judged the school as “very well placed” to promote positive learning outcomes for children. This is the best possible review that can be received and means that the ERO finds Titoki “consistently effective in promoting positive learning outcomes for children”, and is a testimony to the great teachers and environment that Titoki Montessori offers.

Education Review Office (ERO) Report for 2019

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. They possess a once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information from their 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 through this period of their absorbent mind. 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.

Nurturing Leadership and Independence in a Multi-Age Classroom

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, foster leadership in 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 centered 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.

Cultivating Lifelong Learners Ready for the Next Chapter

As the child progresses in their experiences, they are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the groundwork 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 their third year 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 program 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 program.

Montessori Testimonials

"The best and most authentic Montessori preschool in Auckland! Both my children went to this school for the full 3 years and they absolutely thrived. Although they are both at school now, they still talk about Titoki frequently and go visit. I can't imagine a better start to their educational journey. All the staff are extremely knowledgeable in Montessori philosophy and do a fantastic job delivering an authentic programme. As a Montessori teacher myself, I am truly grateful for the level of care, effort and education Titoki provides. Children acquire skills for life at this preschool! As my 6 year old said "Titoki is the best school ever!""

Marina M


"Our son has recently graduated from Titoki Montessori. He absolutely loved his time there and we are very glad that we chose this preschool. At Titoki they follow a very authentic Montessori approach which values the whole child. The environment is fully prepared to suit the children’s needs, making child-led learning a really enjoyable experience for these pre-schoolers. The staff are absolutely wonderful, very nurturing and supportive and there is a great community vibe to the school. Our son left very well prepared for starting Primary School. We are so lucky to have such a high quality, authentic Montessori option right here in Torbay."

Olivia Worthington


"Thank you for being wonderful teachers. Your kindness, patience and dedication have made a huge difference in Willis’ life. We appreciate all the love and care you have given to our precious young man over the past three years. You have created a warm and supportive learning environment that has helped him grow and develop in so many ways."

Evan & Christy


"Our family loves Titoki. The environment and the teachers are well-prepared to support the children on their journey to develop themselves. The team is always trying their best to be as authentic to Montessori as possible which I really appreciate! If you’re finding a preschool program for your child(ren), you must consider this school."

Huong Thai


"Be very proud of your school... You and all of your teachers are providing a wonderful learning environment for the children, and Adam has thrived in your care. Thank you all."

Ruth Guthrey


"I love all the teachers a million and a trillion! (Quote from our 3.5 years old daughter) I just feel overwhelmingly grateful that our daughter gets to go to Titoki. It is truly an amazing place full of amazing people. Thank you!"

Susan and Eugene Pearson


"Titoki is an environment where kids can go and learn how to be their own person. This school enables them to grow at their pace, with their interests - they learn without realizing it....Montessori education at its best - a great start for education and the love of learning.‎"

Sacha and Shelley Belcourt


"My daughter could not have had a better pre-school experience. Titoki Montessori pre-school exceeded my expectations and helped develop my child into a caring confident person. A must for all 3 - 6 year olds! ‘Education is a natural process and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiencing the environment’ - Maria Montessori."

Allan Rutledge


"To all who have contributed to the wonderful experiences our grandson, Adam, has had at Titoki, Thank you so very much for your amazing dedication."

Janice Tasker


"Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities."

Maria Montessori