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Our Culture And Humanity Program

Our Culture And Humanity Program Our Culture And Humanity Program

We are all members of the human family.

Our roots lie in the distant past, and history is the story of our common heritage. Without a strong sense of history, we cannot begin to know who we are as individuals today.

Our goal is to develop a global perspective, and the learning/understanding of history and world cultures forms the cornerstone of our programme.

With this goal in mind, we teach history and world cultures from the age of three. Our youngest children work with specially designed maps and begin to learn the names of the world’s continents and countries.  Physical geography begins with the learning/understanding of landforms. In the first instance our children continue with the learning/understanding of the formation of the Earth, the emergence of the oceans and atmosphere, and the evolution of life. They learn about the world’s rivers, lakes, deserts, mountain ranges, and natural resources.

Global learning continues throughout our course of discussions and understanding.

The programme integrates art, music, dance, cooking, geography, literature, and science.

The children learn to prepare and enjoy dishes from all over the world.  

They learn the traditional folksongs and dances in music, and explore traditional folk crafts in art. In English, they read the traditional as well as indigenous folk tales, and both research and prepare reports about the countries that interest them. 

Our weeks and months culminate in marvellous international holidays and festivals that serve as the highpoints of every year. 
A few of the most popular celebrations at the Montessori Stepping Stones Centre are : Australia Day,  Anzac Day,  Chinese New Year,  Easter, Foundation Day,  Deepah Vali,  Hari Raya ,  Christmas etc.At the next level, children begin to learning/understanding world cultures in greater depth: the customs, housing, diet, the arts, history and dress, government. Keep in mind that our children go to school and grow up with their own cultural heritage, and those of their friends.

Our children study the emergence of the first civilizations and the universal needs of Man. Later, depending of the developmental stage/leave of the child, she or he may begin their formal study of history.

They focus on the history from early man, to the ancient civilizations continuing on through time to reach the present day in Australia history as well as that of other countries.We try to present a sense of living history at every level through direct hands-on experience.

We build models of ancient tools and structures, prepare our own manuscripts, make ceremonial masks, and recreate all sorts of artefacts of the everyday life of an historical era. Children learn how to build shelters or camp out. Experiences such as these make it much easier for our children to appreciate history.

Small field trips are naturally an integral part of our programme. We take all sorts of trips over the years to places like such as specific community areas of historic or cultural value, museums and National Parks.

Practical economics is another important element in our programme. One of our early lessons is how to use money and calculate change in a store.