We have two lower primary classes. Our MARIPOSA class takes its name from the Spanish word for butterfly, while our PAPILLON class takes its name from the French word for butterfly.
Lower Primary - ages 6 to 8
The lower primary years are a great period of expansion, consolidation and intellectual growth.
Having acquired a sound grasp of the basics in the Children’s House, children are now ready and willing to deepen their understanding of culture and to discover the world and their place in it.
When you walk in to a lower primary classroom, you may find it difficult to get a sense of the big picture.
In one corner some students might be working on math, some may be reading, while others could be working on a project.
In the corner, the teacher may be giving a lesson to a small group of children, while occasionally glancing up to keep an eye on the rest of the class.
The elementary classroom may appear to be unstructured, but this seemingly random, yet obviously purposeful activity, is basic to the independent learning and self-directed activity of the Montessori approach.
In lower primary the children have the opportunity to continue to progress at their own pace in an environment that nurtures a love of learning.
Children take responsibility for their own learning and have daily opportunities to make decisions and choices in a child centered classroom. To accommodate the needs of individual learners, our classes include a curriculum that covers the interests and abilities of all the children up to the oldest and most able child – this creates a highly enriched learning environment.
The younger children are constantly being stimulated by the interesting work of the older children. At the same time, the older children serve as the tutors and role models of the younger children. This helps them in their own mastery of concepts (we learn things best when we have to teach them to someone else).
In a mixed-aged class as well, the children develop strong relations with peers and teachers as they work in the same class for two or more years. An integral part of the elementary curriculum is cosmic education. Cosmic education allows children to develop a sense of awe and gratitude for the universe, their role in humanity and the work of people who came before them.
It provides a framework for all studies - subjects covered include mathematics, geometry, language, history, geography, biology, botany and science. Art, craft and music are also included in the program, and the child uses computers for research and oral presentations.
The Montessori Curriculum is mapped to the Australian curriculum in lower primary to help children develop skills for the 21st century and prepare them for learning experiences in the middle and upper primary.
Natalie joined our school in 2012. As a child she attended a number of Perth schools including The Montessori School in Kingsley before completing her secondary schooling in Adelaide.
Before embarking on a theatre and media degree at Murdoch University, Natalie worked as a children's entertainer (often dressed as a fairy or blue-haired clown), waitress, puppeteer and Scitech presenter. She completed a graduate diploma in education, working at several state schools as well as Perth Montessori, The Montessori School in Kingsley and Riverlands Montessori School, where she stayed for 10 years.
"I love the Montessori philosophy and couldn't imagine ever teaching in a different education system again. It suits my personal beliefs about how we grow as individuals all through our life, not just our formative years."
VERONICA - MARIPOSA CLASS
Born in Malaysia, Veronica was introduced to Montessori teaching after graduating while working at a children's centre. She completed an intensive year training at the Association Montessori Internationale in Hyderabad (India), returning to Malaysia to work in a Montessori school and international school.
In 1988 she moved to Perth with her family and worked at Riverlands Montessori School for 10 years. During this time she completed a degree in Early Childhood Education at Curtin University. Veronica joined our school in 2002.
"At Chrysalis I am privileged to work with a beautiful community of teachers, parents and children who help me find joy and purpose in my own learning journey."