Our philosophy

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician, teacher, philosopher and anthropologist. Her progressive view of children was far beyond her time and her ideas are still very current.

 

The Montessori Method is a philosophy of education for young children that stresses the development of a child’s own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play. The method allows children to develop at their own pace in a prepared environment.

 

At Nussbaum Kinderhaus the children have the opportunity to work with the Montessori materials in the mornings for 2.5 hours. They have the time to improve their skills in the following five areas:

 

Practical life

This includes life skills which help develop independence, coordination, concentration, self-control, self-awareness, confidence, and fine motor skills.

 

Sensorial material

These activities sharpens and differentiates the senses, develops the ability to observe and classify. Sensorial activities prepare the children for language and mathematics.

 

Language

The children develop their phonetic awareness working with hands-on and tactile language materials. We speak Swiss German, High German and English in the Kinderhaus. Our teachers are native speakers or at least C1-Level.

Mathematics

With the concrete learning materials, the children experience and learn the connection between quantity and the corresponding numbers and they work with the numbers early in the thousands.

 

Culture & Science

Structured and adapted to the children, they explore the world around them gaining insights into geography, biology, history and sciences.