In the 2012-2013 school year the Openbare Montessori School Oegstgeest began a program called ‘Het Leerplein’. This is a designated area in the school where the students who need extra support are able to actively improve their knowledge and skills. This constructive approach fits well within the Montessori philosophy.
In ‘Het Leerplein’ setting, the students work together in groups with other students who have the same skill level. By working with peers on their level, the students feel much more at ease. The students learn from each other which fits well in the Montessori philosophy. These groups are guided and supported by specialists and specially trained teachers.
To make sure the learning process runs as smoothly as possible it is important that the child not only practices at ‘Het Leerplein’ but also in the classroom and at home. The student receives assignments from the teacher and this involves parents in their child’s school work. Het Leerplein is supported by other means of communication with the parents receiving flyers with information about the lessons. Regular meetings and evaluations are held to monitor the progress of the child.
Support for students that is offered at ‘Het Leerplein’ covers the following areas:
- Social and emotional development for students that are in groups 5 and up. (Intermediate level)
- Learning to learn for gifted and highly gifted students (groups 4 and 5)
- Dividing and multiplying (routinely performing mathematic operations) up to and including the number 10, also recognizing number structures (for students in groups 3 and 4)
- Reading and Spelling (for students in group 4 to 6)
- Psycho-education dyslexics (intermediate students)
- Phonological awareness (group 2)
- Reading (group 3)
- NT2 Dutch for children as an extra language
- HET LAB - extra challenges
- Support for students who are dyslexic
- Scientific researching
- Art class (drawing and painting)
Het Leerplein at the Montessori School intends to develop more modules, giving the students the opportunity to develop their learning skills.