“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy ” – Maria Montessori
Class Descriptions for Paint Pots House
Paint Pots Baby 12-18m – ACCOMPANIED
This class combines elements of our Heuristic Play, Sensorial Art and Messy Play classes. In our carefully curated classroom the children are able to explore and increase their sensorial experiences through a hand picked range of materials. At this age the world is one big experiment and children naturally move on from asking ‘what is it?’ to ‘what does it do?’ and ‘what can I do with it?’. This sensorial exploration is further supported by a simple introduction to age appropriate art activities and taste safe messy play activities. With time for music & songs and a communal snack break this class flows from one activity to the next keeping our young Paint Potters engaged throughout. At this age children are transitioning from crawling to toddling so our classroom is set out at floor level enabling independent movement around the whole space while always having that reassuring line of sight with their parent/carer. The free flow classroom enables your child to practice their independence, social skills and further develop their skills through which ever schema is currently captivating their attention.
Paint Pots Toddler 18m-2y6m – ACCOMPANIED
This class combines elements of our Toddler Art & Music, Storytelling and Messy Play classes. Our classroom is arranged at floor level to allow the children free exploration of the environment while always having that reassuring line of sight with their parent/carer. The free flow classroom enables your child to practice their independence, social skills and further develop their skills through which ever schema is currently captivating their attention. At this age children are ready to engage in more complex activities developing on the foundation of our 12-18 month class we expand the range of materials and activities available in the Art and Messy Play areas of the classroom. At this age the art of learning is in the doing and not in the end result, although the art work you make can be taken home to be proudly displayed or treasured in a keepsake memory book. With time for music & songs and a communal snack break this class flows from one activity to the next keeping our young Paint Potters engaged throughout.
Paint Pots Early Montessori 18m-2y6m – ACCOMPANIED
The termly curriculum of activities for this afternoon class have been created by Teachers from our Montessori Nursery Schools and is a gentle introduction to a classroom setting. Each child has the freedom to choose from a variety of carefully planned activities and Montessori materials. The children work independently, guided by our Creative Classes teachers and each activity encourages the child’s development. This class is perfect preparation for Nursery School, providing the building blocks for future learning.
More Classes Coming Soon …
As government guidance allows we want to move gradually back to a wider offering of classes, days and times.
To support those Paint Pots families who cannot join us at the start of the Autumn Term some of our classes will operate online until government guidance allows these classes to reopen at Paint Pots.
Paint Pots Infant (Baby Moves & Music Treasure Basket) 6-12m – ACCOMPANIED
Our Baby Moves and Music is a class for babies involving the wonder of The Treasure Basket and woven together in a magical way following the baby’s lead, listening to and echoed by voice and instruments. We will work with parents to give you all the tools/links you need to create or purchase your own treasure basket. Treasure baskets are filled to the brim with items offering rich sensorial experiences for touch, smell, taste, sound and sight, and for the sixth sense of bodily movement. This guided online class will be held in small groups to ensure that your little ones are comfortable in their home environment, but also to enable families to have the option of meeting up at local parks and gardens so that the babies are able to meet one another and socialise in-person (at this time with the adults observing social distancing of course). In essence each class will be a mini-bubble giving you the option to meet up and offer that social time and development while modeling the safety of the bubble structure we offer within our Montessori Nursery Schools.
Paint Pots Storytelling 18m-2y6m – ACCOMPANIED
This class helps your toddler to explore their imagination and to develop their confidence, communication and performance skills. Based on a different familiar children’s story each week, this active class encourages your child to join in with the storytelling. With the aid of props, puppets and role play, the children are taken on a magical journey becoming a part of the story themselves. Storytelling plays an important role in introducing children to the magic of books, laying the foundation for a love of reading while also developing their vocabulary and listening skills. The stories themselves also spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity, helping them to understand the world around them. Music and singing brings the class to a close, giving your child the opportunity to move sing and dance to a combination of some classic nursery rhymes and our own Paint Pots original hits.
Paint Pots Music & Fun 18m-2y6m – ACCOMPANIED
This music class is perfect for children who love to sing, make music and be active. With a wide range of musical instruments and props our teachers will lead you and your child on a musical journey. Weaving together traditional nursery rhymes with our own Paint Pots original hits, music becomes the learning medium to expand your child’s; vocabulary, listening skills, voice modulation and enunciation (practicing pitch, volume, and inflection), developing their mouth and tongue muscles that are the foundation of speech. Many nursery rhymes also involve movement, coordination and physicality through actions. Overall this class is full of fun, music and laughter as we learn and play together.
Paint Pots Art Club 3-6yr – UNACCOMPANIED
As your child develops, they are ready for a new art experience that expands their critical & imaginative thinking. Our experienced staff encourage the children to experiment with their own ideas, developing their own individual style. This online class offers a fantastic opportunity for after school creativity. We will work with parents to ensure that every family is able to access art materials from home for this online class. Through a carefully curated curriculum of art activities we support your child to develop their artistic skills in a fun way. This class becomes a creative hub of interaction, sharing ideas and fun, supporting each child to develop at their own pace.