We have two Children's House classes. Our SKIPPERS class takes its name from the skipper butterflies. There are more than 3500 recognised species of skipper butterflies worldwide.
The TRIANGLES class takes its name from the triangle family of butterflies. They are widespread throughout the world.
Children's House - for ages 3 to 6
We encourage each child to become an independent learner, to be able to make choices, have opinions, help others, feel empowered to follow their passions in a respectful classroom environment. We do this by a combination of child-initiated learning and intentional teaching.
- Chrysalis Children's House teaching philosophy
In the children’s house, teachers give full attention to one individual child at a time or a small group. Careful observation of the teacher will show they are constantly on the move in a quiet way, as they go from child to child, and are to the needs and actions of the child. The 3 to 6 year old child is engaged in a process of self-construction. The application of the Montessori philosophy and the specifically designed Montessori equipment aids the child's ability to absorb knowledge and continue this path of self-construction and independence.
The Practical Life component of the Montessori approach is the link between the child's home environment and the classroom. Skills, such as fine and gross motor, learned in this area of the classroom lay a foundation for the rest of the curriculum. They encourage independence and promote the development of a sense of order. Practical life encompasses four main areas: Control of Movement, Care of Person, Care of Environment, and Grace and Courtesy.
“Nothing comes to the intellect that is not first in the senses”. Children learn through their senses and the Montessori Sensorial curriculum promotes the development and refinement of the five senses. All materials in a Montessori environment provide learning through touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing or hands-on manipulation. The sensorial materials give the child experience initially in observing distinctions between similar and different things. Together, these activities form the foundation for language, mathematical, musical, scientific and cultural studies.
The Children’s Houses emphasise spoken language as the foundation for all linguistic expression. The Language curriculum is phonetic in nature and utilises activities and powerful teaching tools to help children learn to decode phonetic words, high frequency/sight words, diphthongs and digraphs. Writing and eventually reading are often learned spontaneously. Language work extends to science and culture studies, led by the child’s curiosity.
Montessori mathematical materials allow the child as a sensorial explorer, to begin his/her mathematical journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, repetition and exploration. Through concrete material the child learns to add, subtract, multiply and divide, the decimal system and gradually comes to understand many abstract mathematical concepts with ease and joy.
Incorporated into the four areas of the Children’s House curriculum are materials, activities and exercises that introduce children to music, physical education, science, geography, botany, zoology, cooking, art and craft and history. French is a specialist subject where children are immersed in the language through literature, games, puppetry and songs. The children work with globes, maps, land and water forms, and collections of pictures of life in different cultures and countries of the world.
Early Years Extended Day Program
The Early Years Extended Day Program is offered for students attending half days in the Children’s Houses, and was initiated in response to Chrysalis families who expressed an interest in having such a program available.
The optional extended day program runs from noon until 2:45pm on school days, and all fees for this program are included in the regular Children’s House fees. The program is firmly grounded in Montessori pedagogy. After their half day in the Children’s House, the students staying on for the extended program eat lunch and have some quiet time, opportunities for outdoor play and access to a carefully selected range of Montessori-jobs and activities as well as arts and crafts materials.
Advantages for the children remaining on site is the close proximity to their classroom, their familiarity with staff and having access to the school’s outdoor nature playground, an environment they are comfortable with.
Jocelyn has been with the school since 2009 when her own children started their Chrysalis journey. She was originally a high school teacher and worked both in the government and private school systems. She completed her Montessori Diploma in 2010, going on to work in various schools including Perth Montessori School (now Perth Individual Montessori College). At Chrysalis her roles have included curriculum leader for science and art and team teacher in Mariposa class.
Jocelyn is a fine arts graduate and has a particular interest in special needs. She has lived in Perth for most of her life and has strong ties within the community.
“I feel honoured to be able to share the early childhood journey with children and their parents and to guide them according to Dr Montessori’s vision and pedagogy. At the same time I am excited about emerging research and inspired by contemporary educators and scientists.”
SANDRA - SKIPPERS CLASS
Sandra’s first affiliation with Chrysalis was in 2010, through Curtin University’s practicum placement as a teaching student. She decided Chrysalis was the place of education she wanted for her own child and enrolled her daughter in Children’s House (Triangles) in 2011.
Sandra worked as a relief Education Assistant at Chrysalis and SmartStart Montessori Childcare during her studies. Upon graduation from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) with Distinction, she worked as a relief teacher in Kindergarten and Lower Primary mainstream schools. After a 1 year contract at Applecross Primary School, Sandra then worked at Casa Mia Montessori School for 3 years as the Cycle 2 teacher. She completed a Montessori Teaching Diploma in 2016.
Sandra has a strong interest in photography, design technology in education and European culture; with her family heritage being Dutch. She was born and raised in Perth.
“ As a teacher I want to share the love of learning with children. I want to inspire children to work independently. I feel privileged to be part of the Chrysalis Community as both a parent and teacher”