Pre-school

We have three qualified directresses in the Pre-school environment. The work schedule is used to build the children’s independence. They engage and manipulate specialised Montessori equipment themselves once shown by the directress. This gives rise to questions and thoughts that leads to true and authentic learning, not rote learning through memorisation. The directress will guide and advise the child along this learning path.

The full capacity is 27 children where three directresses lead 9 children each, thus spaces are limited. It wise to book a space as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Practical Life: Tasks that mimic daily activities from spooning and pouring from left to write (this prepares the child’s eye for reading and writing from left to right).
Which was a seperate area in the 3-6 classroom, is now integrated with the day-to-day care of the classroom and its inhabitants.Tasks may include preparation of snack and daily meals, watering plants or care of animals.  Elementary children dust the shelves, orgnise and straighten the materials, sweep and vacuum, and keep the classroom neat and clean.

Sensorial: Many activities cover geometric shapes and how they can be used to construct different patterns in a logical sequence.  

Language: Children start by learning the sounds of the alphabet not their names, in this way they can read quite soon after they have mastered all the sounds. Further more they are exposed to isolated words which they match to a corresponding picture. Thus they are introduced to reading from a very young age. 

This includes a comprehensive spelling curriculum, word study (including antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and compounds, as well as the parts of speech), creative writing, and research skills. Reading all subjects is vital, as children are introduced to poetry, folk tales, non-fiction, and classic literature. Children are given many opportunities to read out loud – giving a presentation they have written, or dramatising the work of another author.

Mathematics: Counting takes place in many forms with different materials to reiterate mathematic skills.  The Golden Bead material teaches basic math concepts (place value, quantity/symbol association, and concrete addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). The materials bring a “hands-on” quality to the classroom, with children learning through trial and error, self-discovery, and helping each other solve problems. The materials quickly move the child to an abstraction of math concepts, including problem solving, fractions, borrowing and carrying, graphing, measurement, long division, and algebraic equations.

Cultural studies
The main aim in these subjects is for the child to develop gratitude and respect toward the universe and the lives it contains. The child learns how important our role as human beings is in the ecology and ecosystems of the earth, so that they may preserve if for future generations. Thus it encompasses many subjects:

Botany and Zoology: encompass a wide field of biological study Matching cards are used to learn the characteristics of many plants and animals, they classify the plant and animal kingdoms. Later, children begin to research on their own, using their knowledge of specific plant and animal species. We provide a very rich garden at the school including many species of plants. We have a vegetable garden and the children are made aware of recycling.

Geography and History include the study of civilsations and countries. Wooden puzzle maps of each continent are studies, with children learning the names, flags, animals, cultures, and geographic features of each country. History begins with the study of time, including clocks, calender’s, and timelines. As various fundamental needs of people (like shelter, transportation, food, and clothing) are explored, the children research and chart changes in these needs over time and across cultures. 

Science: Science makes knowledge attainable and tangible it is the search for truth and attention to detail. Thus with the knowledge they gain, they need to apply it to improve themselves, the world and society. Children do experiments, and therefore learn through involvement. Science helps a child gain confidence as the world around him becomes more ordered and understandable.

Peace Education: This focuses on how the child is to conduct himself appropriately in the world. 

Art: The art curriculum covers the major artists are, such as Picasso and Monet. Different mediums of art are explored such as wax crayons, coloured pencils, chalk, pastels, charcoal, ink, and b pencils, stencils, tracing and painting. All the while art is emphasised around the cultural curriculum and brought into lessons such as Botany or Zoology where the children will create their own plants or animals with different mediums. 

Music: Singing and the use of a variety of different musical instruments are also encouraged. The children are exposed to classical music daily. The school strongly believes in the powerful effects that sound, rhythm and movement have on the child.

Sports: Physical development is very important. We offer yoga, tai chi, rock climbing, athletics, aerobics, group and ball games. We also do athletics outings.

Religion: The children will learn about different religious festivals. Parents are invited to share with the class any festivals that are followed on their own homes. In this way we can build a sense of community within the classroom and introduce the child to the different cultures of the humane family.

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School schedule:

07:00 – 08:30  Arrivals, breakfast, free play
08:30 – 11:30 Montessori 3 hour work cycle
11:30 -12:00 Tidy up, lunch
12:30 -13:00  Half-day children departure time and play time
13:00 – 15:00 Fairy tales followed by nap for younger children 
Older children have presentations (work activities) 
independent work choice / sport / free play 
15:00 – 17:00 Free play / Independent work choice
(art/language/math/practical life activities)

 

Term Timetable

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