The Montessori Approach

5 Montessori Pillars

The Montessori approach fosters a framework where children learn practical life skills. From tying shoe laces, preparing meals and supporting environmental sustainability, our programs support children to have a respect for and understanding of the world around them.

Montessori development programs will inspire your child’s love of learning, exploration and curiosity, in a relaxed and home-like environment.

The Montessori philosophy supports a personalised childhood development, by independently facilitating learning in prepared environments, based on their interest, family input, and educator knowledge.   

The Montessori curriculum covers five main pillars, including:

  • Sensorial (training of senses)
    Allows children to experience and understand visual, touch, smell, taste, hearing and movement.
  • Practical Life
    Focuses on each child’s understanding of care of self and environment, grace and courtesy, control of movement, concentration and personal independence.
  • Literacy
    Concentrates on phonetics, word cards, grammar, name writing, sentence analysis and composition.
  • Mathematics
    Covers counting, the decimal system, memory work, arithmetic operations and geometry.
  • Cultural Studies
    Covers key topics relating to geography, zoology, science, botany and foreign languages.



The Learning Sanctuary South Australian centres offer a Montessori approach to learning in a relaxed, homely environment. The qualified and caring educators work closely with each child to develop practical life skills by allowing children to experience, learn and understand at their own pace.

The below features are offered at our Thebarton and Norwood centres:

  • We offer Greek and Mandarin language lessons
  • Nutritious morning and afternoon tea provided
  • Children are encouraged to prepare their meals themselves to further develop their life skills
  • Age specific rooms allow for the Montessori approach to be taught in the most relevant manner
  • Education and care for children from 1.5 to 6 years
  • Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Montessori learning sessions are provided from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm

The Learning Sanctuary Montessori fosters an open door policy and invites you to come in for a tour at any time. Alternatively, you are welcome to call the Centre Manager with any queries you may have.

*Please note this video was not filmed at a Learning Sanctuary centre. This is to help explain the benefits of the program that our educators are so passionate about. 

Video credit to Lindsay Palmer Photography.


The Learning Sanctuary Montessori has an open door policy and we invite you to tour the centres at any time.


Montessori Programs are offered at the following centres:


The Learning Sanctuary Norwood Montessori

P: 08 8363 5599
A: 33 Gray Street, Norwood, SA 5067
E: [email protected]

The Learning Sanctuary Thebarton Montessori

P: 08 8352 8800 
A: 5a Walter Street, Thebarton, SA 5031
E: [email protected]


Montessori Inspired Programs are offered at:


The Learning Sanctuary Littlehampton

P: 08 8391 2460
A: 1 Rosella Court, Littlehampton, SA 5250
E: [email protected]


Our wonderful Centre Manager’s frequently write articles for Adelady. You can read these amazing articles below:

5 Benefits of Montessori

Chelsea Scott – The Learning Sanctuary Thebarton

learning-sanctuary-montessori1Have you ever wondered about what your child is really learning in childcare? Did you know that some childcare centres are focussed on early education and actually have learning philosophies inspired by theorists?

I write today to share with you the benefits of the Montessori philosophy that I am so passionate about.

A lot of people are mis-informed about what Montessori learning is all about and quite often assume it’s for smart kids. In actual fact, a Montessori classroom is tailored to each individual child. That’s what’s is so great about it – because every child is different!

Children learn at their own pace and learning opportunities are extended and supported by educators when required.

Here are 5 reasons why your child will benefit from Montessori learning: 


Within the Montessori environment children are able to engage in the environment without adult direction.

When you walk into a Montessori centre you will see individual trays on the shelves with activities which allow children to work independently based on their interests and needs.


There are five key learning areas in Montessori curriculum; Literacy, Numeracy, Practical life, Sensorial and Culture.

These areas support children to engage and learn through traditional Montessori materials such as the ‘Pink Tower’.

To a child this material looks like building blocks; however the hidden lesson behind this experience includes learning about fine motor skills, dimensions, size, order and counting.


I have two older brothers and I learnt a lot from them when I was growing up. They taught me to tie my shoe laces, tell the time and lots of other cool things along the way. We offer this in a Montessori service.

Maria Montessori believed children learn best when they are in mixed age groups. We often notice the older children showing their younger peers how to use the activities and materials.

It gives children the opportunity to take control and be proud of their own environment as well as interact with their peers.


Have you ever been mid-way through an activity and someone asks you to stop right away and do something else? I personally find this frustrating as an adult; imagine how a child may feel.

In Montessori the children have three hours of work cycle time where they can move through the classroom and learn/engage in the prepared environment. We find that during this time children are most alert and are able to have important one on one time with educators.


Imagine walking into a childcare centre that is calm and quiet, this is often the case with Montessori.

Children are so interested in their prepared environment and engaged in their work, that the noise level is so quiet at times that you could hear a pin drop. Pretty amazing right?

There are so many things that we as adults can do to help our future generations develop and grow into clever, passionate, articulate, well-adjusted adults. The Montessori philosophy helps the children do this, by allowing them to discover the world for themselves in a safe and stimulating environment.



How to Raise Your Child to be Kind

Jasmin Raddon – The Learning Sanctuary Littlehampton

learning-sanctuary-montessori2A question that many parents ask themselves when raising their child is, “Once my child reaches the age of independence will they be a thoughtful, compassionate and kind?”

This question is often provoked by witnessing their beautiful, angelic cherub enter the toddler years when life for them, becomes all about ME!

Firstly – don’t panic! Toddlers are ego-centric and this is a perfectly normal stage of development. They will learn about respecting other people’s boundaries, following rules and helping others – and that you, putting their favourite cup in the dishwasher was not a deliberate attempt to ruin their life!

I am lucky enough to be the Centre Manager of a wonderful centre – The Learning Sanctuary Littlehampton – and with over 14 years’ experience I have learnt a thing or two about ‘taming the tiger’ in your little person and I would love to share my wisdom with you.

Here are my top 5 tips for not only surviving the toddler years, but also (somehow, amazingly!) successfully, raise your child to be kind:


The most powerful role model in your child’s life is you! Channel your inner Dalai Lama and embody kindness in everything you do. The best way to do this is to foster a community of kindness within the walls of your own home. Do things for each other, say thank you to each other, be there to hug and provide a shoulder to cry on when someone needs it. Your toddler is always watching.


I like to think of toddlers as emotional stud detectors. They pick up on the vulnerable emotions around them and invoke “the witching hour” when you are at your lowest coping point of the day.

Husband forgot your birthday? They know.

Mother in law coming to visit? They know.

Best friend asked someone else to be her bridesmaid? They know.

Hard day at work? They know that too. They always know!

Fight hard to maintain your tranquillity. Think of yourself as a peaceful meadow with a beautiful lake. At sunset. In Italy. Keep up a good supply of calming essential oils in a diffuser. Crank it at maximum velocity. Breathe deeply. Be mindful of the conversations you have about work with your partner because children are listening and often wondering if you like work at all. Sometimes they worry for you. When your child challenges you, set your expectations and then move on quickly in a positive way.


Sometimes your toddler will be overwhelmed by their emotions. They are still learning how to self-regulate and reacting negatively in these moments can often exacerbate the problem. It’s important to let your child feel what they need to feel. Let them know it’s ok to express their emotions, try not to encourage them to stop or hold it in. Weather the storm alongside them and you might be surprised at the result.

Sit next to them in the midst of their emotional response, say, “I can see you are feeling very cross/sad. That’s ok. I feel that way too sometimes. Do you need a hug”? If the answer is an angry NO – stay calm, “Ok, I’ll just sit here near you in case you need me if you change your mind.” Let it run its course and be there at the end for support and reassurance. You will both feel better for it.


You may be inclined to keep your child housebound until they grow out of their toddler years. However, your child will benefit from every opportunity to engage in trial and error in their interactions with others. Research good quality children’s programs in your area to give your child plenty of opportunities to develop their social skills. Consider a Montessori education model. Dr. Maria Montessori had a vision for World Peace and developed a whole ‘Grace & Courtesy’ curriculum for her education and care philosophy. At The Learning Sanctuary Littlehampton this is our philosophy. Maria Montessori believed teaching children to care for each other with empathy and respect was the key to humanity and the very survival of our world, that children are our future. The Grace & Courtesy curriculum contains specific lessons such as; using manners, serving others, community participation, practising mindfulness through meditation and relaxation, respecting personal space boundaries and turn taking.


Last but not least – be kind to yourself. You will have a much better capacity to show kindness to others if you have taken care of yourself first. Take a break when you need to, stay connected to others who know how you are feeling, reach out to other mums and dads in the same situation and if today didn’t go as planned, tomorrow is a new day – don’t beat yourself up.

Keep wine and chocolate on hand for emergencies only.

Good luck and much love to each and every Mum-Adelady out there doing their best every day!

Jasmin xx



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