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Why Montessori@Home

Montessori@Home Independent School emphasizes hands on, discovery based learning to support each child’s unique personality. Our school setting has been handpicked and offers immaculately prepared classrooms with staff who are qualified, experienced and are truly passionate about their calling to work with children – the Montessori way.

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Our Impact

You’ve probably heard of Montessori schools, and may even know that they are very well respected, but how much do you know about the Montessori Method? A program that’s been in practice for more than a century, it’s still one of the top methods worldwide for educating young children. Do you know the history and impact of this groundbreaking educational theory?

The Montessori Method was created in Italy around the turn of the last century. Dr. Maria Montessori was a remarkable woman: a physician, educator and innovator at a time when women were largely confined to the roles of wife and mother. Believing that children would benefit more from experience and hands-on manipulation of materials rather than direct instruction, she opened her first school in 1907. In 1909, she started training teachers, and her notes were turned into her first book. The Montessori Method made it’s way to South Africa in the 80’s and has enjoyed great success for more than three decades.

 

Our Programs

Montessori@Home Independent School programs promise a high standard of excellence where each child is challenged to compete against him / herself within the structure of vertically grouped classes.  Montessori@Home Independent School environments assist each child to achieve their full potential of academic accountability, personal responsibility, independence and self-confidence whilst nurturing an intrinsic learning ethos which is – “Learning for Life”.

 
 

Toddler Community

Our Toddler classroom caters for a maximum of 10 children ranging in age from 18 months to 3 years with an adult / child ration of 1:5. This is a uniquely bilingual environment where the difficulty of ‘letting go’ is understood. Through education, support and nurturing of both child and parent, we aim to assist in making this transition an exciting new chapter for all.

Pre-school Community

Our Pre-School is a true ‘home away from home’ experience with vertically age grouped children from the age of 3 to 6 years. Our exceptional team of Montessori Directresses are trained to communicate and educate efficiently in both English and Afrikaans while encouraging the natural development of bilingualism in the playground. Our Pre-School focuses on the physical, academic, social, spiritual and emotional development of the child by providing a prepared environment where the child is free to learn, explore and discover within clearly defined boundaries.

Our classroom is holistic and includes the following learning areas:

Practical Life

The Practical Life area enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of the self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy and coordination of physical movement.

Sensorial

The Sensorial activities enable the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, colour, sound, texture and weight.

Mathematics

The Mathematics area makes use of didactic materials to enable the child to internalise concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.

Language

Language Arts include oral language development, written expression, reading, grammar, creative dynamics and literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations allowing the children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts in writing.

Culture

Cultural subjects expose the child to basics in geography, history and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.

Primary Community

Our Primary community is a small and nurturing learning hub divided into two vertically age grouped classes of 6 to 9 and 9 to 12 years. In this plane of development, the child is guided towards an inner discipline of goal setting, time management and personal accountability. This environment is carefully prepared to support a smooth transition from concrete to abstract based learning in conjunction with the development of reasoning. This successful approach to education is dependent on collaboration amongst students to explore, challenge and grow in a community that supports this unique learning experience.

Sport

Montessori @ Home, Paarl has a resident Sports Co-ordinator who focuses on the gross motor needs of each child both individually and in non-competitive groups. Our program is carefully designed to incorporate a healthy balance between physical activity, nutrition and sport appreciation to assist the child in the journey towards a strong, healthy and ‘sport ready’ individual.

Music

The Suzuki Method is an educational philosophy which strives to create “high ability” and beautiful character in its students through a nurturing environment.

The ‘nurture’ involved in the movement is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition, such as immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each person’s developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute novel ideas.

In our Toddler and Pre-school music sessions the children have the opportunity to listen to and play various tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
Nursery rhymes, action songs, finger play, story-telling and other musical activities in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu are taught and used to introduce instruments like the ocarina, glockenspiel, ukulele, guitar, violin and piano. These instruments and activities are combined to assist the development of various skills - social-emotional, size, pitch, rhythm, number, fine and gross motor co-ordination, observation, listening and sequencing, vocabulary, memory and pre-literacy skills. 

Children are usually quite ready to begin learning a musical instrument from around the age of four. We offer private tuition in: piano, guitar, ukulele and beginner violin.

Drama

In an environment of mutual respect and trust, the child is afforded the opportunity to explore the wonder of dramatic studies. Drama is a wonderful tool in building confidence and improving self –esteem by encouraging collaborative dialogue, improvisation and uninhibited silliness in a safe and comfortable setting. Through creativity, imagination, movement, song and dance, each young mind’s emotional intelligence is enriched, nurtured and inspired while creating a strong foundation of excellence in public communication.

 

Art

Most young children are instinctively drawn to Art with an innate urge to create. In our colourful studio, the children are given a voice to express their feelings without words while exploring a wide variety of new & exciting mediums and techniques. Art builds confidence, encourages problem solving and teaches the child that through perseverance it is possible to conquer self-doubt and frustration. We aim to inspire each student to appreciate the process rather than the outcome and to admire each unique end result as a masterpiece.

 
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Montessori@Home 2019 Parents Are Saying:

 
 

I have been around children of family and friends all my life but the difference I see in my step children is incredible. The complete independence and respect, their love for learning and their school especially their amazing teachers and not to mention their wonderful Principal . I am in complete awe of how beautifully well taught these children are, the Montessori philosophy is definately the way to go. Maria Montessori would be so proud of how incredibly well this school is run. Thank you Nici and all the teachers for this amazing gift your give my children everyday .

Sadiq Samodien

 
 

 
 

Our son, now 3, has been here since he was about 20 months. In this short time we have seen him blossom into a confident, capable, independent and aware child who has learned practical and creative skills for life. Small classes and a family atmosphere really enable the Montessori philosophy to reign supreme, and allows staff to nurture each child individually. Montessori for life!

Natalie Neokorides

 
 

 
 

My son started his education at Montessori@home, from being a shy clingy little boy he blossomed into an independent little being. He is now 15 and I attribute his love of learning to the Montessori philosophy of teaching and the nurturing environment he came to love at Montessori@home. I cannot recommend this school highly enough.

Judi Fourie

 
 
 

Join Our School

At Montessori@Home Independent School you will find:

  • The environment is peaceful, attractive, homely and inviting.

  • The adults encourage hands on learning following the child’s interests rather than following the state curriculum or rote learning.

  • The children are self-motivated and rewards and/or punishments are not used to manipulate behaviour.

  • The adults and children demonstrate a reciprocal respect towards one another.

  • Children can be found working at a table or on the floor; indoors or out, with a variety of multi-sensory, manipulative materials.

  • Collaborative learning is encouraged. Children can be seen assisting, teaching and encouraging each other.

  • The environment caters for children of mixed ages, particularly over a three year age span.

  • A Sense of unity and excitement and joy permeate the air.

 
 
 

Freeing Potential. Preparing For Life.

Hands on, discovery based learning to support each unique personality.