One way to help your child transition to School is to attend the Rockingham Montessori Infant Toddler Program prior to beginning Children’s House. The playgroup equipment and environment is similar to the Children’s House classrooms, allowing your child to develop confidence and familiarity.
Transitioning between classes
We also talk about transitioning from half to full days in the Children’s House and between Children’s House, Lower Primary and Upper Primary Classes. Unlike regular schools, transitions can occur at the start of a new semester, they are not always at the start of a new school year. Transitioning is at the discretion of the child’s teacher, and depends on the child’s social and emotional readiness.
Transitioning from other schools
Students who transition into our school from a mainstream setting generally take a period of between 6 to 12 months to fully understand the alternative approach to learning. The child may experience a period of ‘unlearning’ as they start to take charge of their own learning program and develop the initiative to make decisions, work through tasks independently and be intrinsically motivated to extend their personal knowledge. Families regularly comment what a joy it is to see their child work through this process.
Infant & Toddler
1 - 3 Years
Our Infant Toddler Program (Playgroup) is the ideal way for your family to experience the Montessori philosophy and practice, while providing toddlers with a gentle transition to the Children’s House.
3 - 6 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has
three Children’s House classrooms,
named Dolphins, Penguins and Seahorse, reflecting our seaside location. Each is led by a dedicated and highly-trained Montessori teacher.
6 - 12 Years
Rockingham Montessori School has three Lower-Primary classrooms: Jelly Fish, Starfish and Sea Lions, continuing our ocean theme. Teachers are Montessori-trained and work with the help of an education assistant.
12 -18 Years
In Montessori’s third plane of development, from twelve to eighteen years old, the adolescent has a ‘humanistic mind’ eager to understand humanity and the contribution they can make to society.