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Headstart Montessori Pre-School

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1 Oak Avenue Craigavon Fourways, Greater Johannesburg

"The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination..." - (Dr. Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential).

 

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Description

At Headstart Montessori we follow the Montessori Curriculum, and ensure that all lessons are planned well in advance for each individual child. Over and above the individual planning for each child, careful planning and consideration is made regarding the classroom environment and how it is divided into several areas of study for:

Practical Life
Sensorial
Language
Mathematics
and Cultural (Peace Education, Geography, History, Science, Botany, Zoology, Music and Art)

The Montessori curriculum incorporates specially designed equipment that the children are naturally attracted to. Each piece of equipment is scientifically designed to suit each learning area. Through the equipment the child can learn through their own personal experiences, all Montessori equipment has a built in a “control of error”, whereby the child can correct themselves without the intervention of an adult. The intention of the materials is not to keep the children dependent on these learning aids forever; they are used as tools to help children work and learn at their own pace, to see abstract ideas presented in a very concrete, three-dimensional way, and to help them grasp and understand what they are working on.

Through the Practical Life curriculum, children are given the opportunity to work through exercises that relate to real life tasks that foster independence, coordination, order and concentration. Practical Life can be seen as the ‘doorway’ to the Montessori curriculum.

Dr. Montessori spoke of the Sensorial work as being the “keys to the universe” and the "doorway to the mind." Through sensory learning not only does the child develop their sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin) but they develop the starting point for intellectual growth and assist the child in better understanding their environment. A child’s intelligence is built through their senses, and through the use of their hands they are able to explore their environment and learn from it.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed in working from the concrete to the abstract and from simple to more complex. She believed that children learnt by doing rather than by being told. In the Mathematics area we always present a concept or idea in the concrete form, ensuring that the child has a clear, hands-on understanding. The central purpose of the Math materials in the early years is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition to abstract thinking. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that a structural sequence is necessary because Mathematics is a sequential subject.

The entire Montessori classroom revolves around language development. The child passes through various sensitive periods for language during their pre-school years and it is vitally important that the child individual needs are met during these periods. In all the Montessori learning areas we promote vocabulary development, communication skills, reading and writing. In the Montessori Language curriculum we introduce the child to the phonetic alphabet, word attack skills and reading, as well as materials for the refinement of fine motor control necessary for writing.

The child goes through various sensitive periods between the ages of three to six years. We introduce the child to Cultural studies during the time that they are in the sensitive period for socialisation, sensory perception, language and order. It is important that we give the child an impression of the whole world and then assist them in discover the finer details. The child then gains a sense of order so that they can see where they fit in according to space, time and the word around them.

Hours of work

Half-day: 07h00 until 13h00
Full-day: 07h00 until 17h30

Locations

Craigavon, Fourways Johannesburg

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Yonela Depha from zone 9 Thembalethu - 14/12/2012 02:02:03

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