Skills for success

At  Kumeu Montessori Preschool, our goal is to make learning irresistible, by
providing an environment where each child’s unique talents, beliefs and
experiences are valued, where their interests are nurtured and where a child’s
natural love for life and learning are encouraged, creating happy, confident
and lifelong learners.

We believe that children learn through play, and that they also learn through more
structured teaching, and our daily programme offers richly varied opportunities
for learning in both areas.   While we have a focus on preparing children for the academic aspects of school,  of greater importance  is that children develop the social and emotional skills they will need not just at school, but in life.  These include:    

  • Curiosity to explore  
  • Confidence and self belief
  • Persistence to keep going even if it’s tough
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Self expression 
  • Negotiation skills
  • Creativity
  • Being able to take turns
  • Impulse control
  • Conflict resolution
  • Being able to articulate needs and feelings in a socially appropriate manner
  • Understanding that others have feelings

Our aim is to encourage the holistic development of the happy autonomous learner – the child who is socially, emotionally and intellectually confident and competent. 


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