At Golden Grove our focus is on following the needs of the child as s/he grows and develops. The child is the leader in his or her own education. The role of the teacher is to provide a ‘prepared environment’ which facilitates learning.
Two important strands of Montessori education are Cosmic Education and Peace Education. Cosmic Education emphasises the connectedness of the universe and the link between different fields of knowledge, cultures and individuals. Peace Education involves activities which foster harmony and peaceful interactions.
Sciences – The Cosmic Curriculum
If the ideas of the Universe be presented to the child in the right way, it will do more for him than just arouse his interest, for it will create in him admiration and wonder, a feeling loftier than any interest and more satisfying.
Montessori science follows the Cosmic Curriculum which is based on the five ‘great lessons’. Students will study the universe in its entirety—from the creation of the universe, to the beginnings of life and the evolution of man. These great lessons are taught integrating all of the curriculum areas using language, mathematics, science, geography, history, biology and the arts. Children discover that all things have a special role, a ‘cosmic task’, and that they also have a ‘cosmic task’ in the preservation and betterment of this universe.
The great lessons consist of:
- the creation of the universe;
- the coming of life;
- the coming of humans;
- the story of language and writing;
- the story of numbers.
Within these lessons a sequence of key lessons in botany, zoology, physical science, history and geography are presented to break down in further detail the grand ideas.
Golden Grove attempts to promote inner peace and outer harmony through activities such as role modelling, self-reflection, meditation/relaxation, conflict resolution and Resilience Training. Students are encouraged to be aware of themselves and the effects of their actions, and taught to take an active role in managing their own behaviour.