It Takes A Village To Raise A Child
There is an African proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child”. In a South African context this proverb is inextricably linked to the value or principle of “Ubuntu”. People have different interpretations of this value but the key message to take from this value is that no one is an island and we should care for the welfare of others like we do for ourselves. Surely if it takes a village to raise a child the obvious implication is that the success of the child depends on the community. Nowhere is this more important than in education. - Khaya Tyatya MyNews24
It has been said, and there is much clinical research to support the notion, that we could change the whole world in one generation with a concerted effort to raise stable, emotionally healthy children.
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 pre-school neighbourhood within our Montessori@Home “village”.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
It takes a village to raise a child, and in my life, there is no bigger truth. For this Rainbow Child Mama, there is no greater comfort that we have made the right decision, when I see our Little One, give her teachers the same open-armed-no-resistance-free-flowing hug she gives us, and the same genuine-sincere-and-ever-loving smile she gives us. She is truly at home here. We are so privileged to have found a school, with like minded, friendly, helpful and easily approachable people, who truly have the kids' best interest at heart. I have found my village, my people, my little community. And if this testamony resonates with you, I look forward to meeting you at the next school pic-nic!
With Love Elize Potgieter
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”.
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.
Montessori@Home is an independent school that reflects the personalities of the owner, Nici Gerber, and her staff. We encourage you to visit us to ensure we are the environment that will complement your home life best.