School Readiness

School Readiness Kinder Preparatory Program

Our School Readiness and Kinder Preparation Program prepares children with the foundational knowledge and skills to transition confidently to any school setting. It combines school-styled workbooks with practical school readiness skills to develop a positive and confident attitude towards school.

Preparation for School

At Leading Bees Montessori, we take a progressive approach to school readiness that begins on each child’s first day. Our education programs are designed to build strong academic and wellbeing foundations over time in a way that’s engaging, fun, and linked to children’s needs and interests at each stage of their development.
During their final year of preschool, children participate in a comprehensive School Readiness Kinder Preparation Program that targets core academic competencies and school readiness skills. This ensures children are well prepared to make a successful transition to any type of primary school environment.
The School Readiness Kinder Preparation Program incorporates a series of workbooks that introduce children to primary school subjects in a traditional learning format. This is complemented by a hands-on approach to teaching school readiness skills such as proper pencil grip, cutting skills, letter and number formation, emotional regulation, following instructions, problem solving, and concentration.
The primary aims of the School Readiness Program is to provide children with enriching learning experiences that nurture strong academic foundations and a confident approach to life-long learning.
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School Readiness Skills

  • Demonstrates independence and self-help skills
  • Ability to communicate and express thoughts and feelings
  • Capable of listening attentively and concentrating
  • Asks and responds to questions
  • Ability to organise work
  • Demonstrates problem-solving skills
  • Ability to choose and respond to challenging activities
  • Shows respect for the classroom and packs away
  • Demonstrates fundamental movement skills

How Leading Bees Montessori Supports School Readiness

Prepared Environment

The Montessori classroom encourages children to take an active role in their learning. They explore, collaborate, and direct their own learning. This structure encourages children to develop confidence, independence, and a positive approach towards school and life-long learning.

Supporting School Readiness Skills:
  • Freedom of movement and choice
  • Independence
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • Collaboration and social skills
  • Belonging to a community

School Readiness Booklets

School Readiness and Kinder Preparation Workbooks cover a broad range of primary school subjects. They provide extensive opportunities for writing practice, reading, problem solving, counting and classification.

Supporting School Readiness Skills:
  • Introduces children to primary school learning formats
  • Extensive opportunities to practice literacy and numeracy skills
  • Pencil-grip, hand-writing, and cutting skills practice
  • Introduces children to language-based problem solving and comprehension
  • Develops children’s understanding of subjects and topics introduced in Primary School

Daily Routines

Daily routines prepare children for the structure of the primary school environment. Throughout the day, students practice self-help skills, such as independent toileting, unwrapping their lunch, and putting on a hat and sunscreen.

Supporting School Readiness Skills:
  • The Montessori Work Cycle develops children’s independence, concentration, problem-solving, and decision making skills
  • Group times encourage collaboration, communication skills, and teamwork
  • Show and Tell prepares children to communicate with confidence
  • Self-serving meals and unwrapping lunches prepares children for independent mealtimes
  • Scheduled school readiness time prepares children for the routine of primary school

Practical Life

Through practical life activities, children develop fine motor skills, independence, and self-help skills.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Distinguishes left from right
  • Independent with self-help skills
  • Ability to cut using scissors
  • Ability to spoon, pour and transfer
  • Ability to zip, button, lace, hook and snap


Through sensorial materials, children refine their senses, and develop the necessary foundations for language and mathematics.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Understands dimensions
  • Recognises and names colours and shapes
  • Distinguishes between textures, weights and temperatures
  • Distinguishes between smells, taste and sound
  • Understands and identifies difference
  • Can classify and group objects


The mathematics materials teach children how to count, sequence, add, subtract, identify patters, and learn about number systems.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Recognises and names numerals
  • Counts by rote
  • Relates quantities to numerals
  • Relates decimal system to quantities to symbols
  • Awareness of the function of addition
  • Awareness of the function of subtraction


Through language activities, children learn letter recognition, letter formation, phonics, vowels and consonants, and the early stages of writing and reading.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Can follow directions and answer questions
  • Can express thoughts and feelings
  • Speaks in sentences
  • Reads simple sentences
  • Constructs phonetic and non-phonetic words
  • Can write and recognise their own name


The Culture Curriculum introduces children to the arts, geography, science, environment, national culture, music, and history. They discover similarities and differences, and develop an understanding and respect for diversity.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Awareness of Geography, Botany, Zoology, Science and History
  • Demonstrates an interest in culture and responds to diversity with respect
  • Responds with appreciation to music & art
  • Demonstrates creative interests
  • Demonstrates awareness of social responsibility and sustainability

Early Years Learning Framework

Through the EYLF, children develop a strong sense of being, belonging, and becoming.

Core school readiness skills:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well-being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators