Healthy Beginnings focusses on small groups of 8 preschool-12 elementary children per directress. Our private school in Randburg is a quaint learning haven for children to explore the world in a magical way.
The Montessori system is in line with our ethos of small groups, individual attention and following your child’s personal development. This nurtures their physical, mental and emotional progress at their own pace.
Our 3-6 year curriculum is rigorous and gears the children toward school readiness. There after they can continue on to our Primary school (Elementary group age 6-13years), where they are enthused with Cosmic education to inspire a love of learning and finding their interests. We also accept toddlers from the age of 18 months.
Montessori Learning Areas Pre and Primary (Elementary) School:
Montessori proposed many activities and pieces of equipment to deal with each subject in a direct investigative manner for the child. This should lead to authentic learning whereby the child has gained the knowledge through discovery and working with the materials independently.
From the toddler age, the children spoon, poor, sweep and clean to name a few activities. Children of all ages love mastering these tasks equipping them with important life skills. The goal is to prepare their gross and fine motor development through everyday activities and to take care of both themselves and the environment. Grace and courtesy plays a vital role for healthy social interaction leading to a peaceful learning environment.
Children take in information through sensory experiences. Our learning materials present different textures, sounds and colours to examine the world. For example: sandpaper letters have a sandy texture for children to trace with their fingers and remember the letter formation before they actually learn to write.
We apply daily usage of the correct terms for all activities, objects and discussions immersing the children in language development. The materials in the Montessori environment prepare the child’s pencil grip and writing skills for letter formation. They trace metal insets shapes to steady the hand for pencil control.
As Mathematics is an abstract subject, it can be easily grasped when presented in a concrete manner. This is the goal of the wonderful Montessori materials like red rods, spindle boxes, cards and counters.
Botany and Zoology:
The main focus of these subjects is for the children to develop gratitude for the universe and all forms of life. Montessori referred to this as “cosmic education”. Children practice respecting the world and environment, so as to preserve it for future generations. Gardening allows the children to practically experience the wonders of nature.
Science and History:
Fun hands on experiments allow learning through involvement. Defining and identifying types of trees, animals, weather patterns, continents and countries are part of building the children’s vocabulary and inspiring interests. Science leads to confidence as the world seems to have an order and can be understood.
History takes the children back in time. This is an important concept explored with calendars and time lines dating many years back through different periods. In the Montessori environment it reflects a global, unitary approach to information, interrelating all cultural subjects.
This plays a vital role in the socio-emotional and spiritual intelligence of the learners. Spiritual intelligence is defined as understanding the moral reasoning behind ones own actions and then motivated to do the just and right thing. They are presented with interactions and are encouraged to solve problems between themselves.
Art, Music and Religion:
Art is always available for the children if they choose to do so. There are special art activities as well from mother’s day gifts and so forth.
Singing and playing with musical instruments is encouraged. Respect for different religions and cultures is part of the programme. We invite parents to share religious festivals with the class. This builds a sense of community inline with the South African coat of arms: “diversity people unite”.
We would love our school to be the home away from home for your precious child. Thus we take a personal approach to learning and development, where parent-teacher communication is clear and receptive.