The Montessori Classrooms

 

The Montessori Pre School Classroom

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The Pre School classroom is comprehensive, challenging and diverse. Children aged 3-6 years are accommodated in this prepared environment. The classroom is divided into five core curriculum areas:

PRACTICAL LIFE: Through a variety of activities, the child learns skills for daily living and helps develop manual dexterity, hand-eye co-ordination, concentration, independence and the ability to initiate his own learning.

SENSORIAL AREA: This area provides opportunities for the refinement of the five senses through concrete experiences. The child is able to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, colour and pitch.

LANGUAGE MATERIALS: Each child’s language skills are enriched through vocabulary, conversation and comprehension activities. The Phonic Approach to reading is used and the children are encouraged to experience the diversity of language in as many ways as possible.

MATHEMATICS: This area makes use of manipulative, concrete materials to enable the child to internalise concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.

CULTURAL SUBJECTS: These activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, science, botany and zoology. Music, art and movement education are part of the integrated curriculum. The aim of this area is to help the child to become a “true citizen of the world.”

In addition, The Port Elizabeth Montessori School offers family days, art, music and movement as well as extra mural activities for those who wish to participate.

“I have learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
Few things are more humiliating and what a tragedy if they believed you!” (Anon)

The Montessori Primary Classes

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In both the lower primary (equivalent roughly to grades 1, 2, 3) and upper primary (equivalent to grades 4 to 7) sections, the child’s questions provide the basis for exploration of the world.

The subject matter is relevant to each individual child and provides intrinsic motivation for learning. A Montessori Primary Education does not give the child a collection of trivial facts but rather a vision, an interrelated knowledge and a love of learning.

The Curriculum offers a continuum built on the pre school experience and the environment reflects a new stage in the child’s development. Sam Streak, principal, has been instrumental in aligning the Montessori Curriculum with the Revised National Curriculum Statement on behalf of the Southern African Montessori Association. Our school implements a Montessori Curriculum and we are constantly ensuring we are implementing this as authentically as possible.

THE PRIMARY ENVIRONMENT OFFERS

  • An integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history, maths and language that evokes the child’s imagination
  • An environment that leads the way from the concrete to the abstract
  • Emphasis on open-ended research and in depth study using materials and sources other than text books
  • A maths, algebra and geometry curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously reveal arithmetic and geometric concepts from six years old
  • Making use of resources beyond the four walls of the classroom.

LEARNING AREAS FOR THE PRIMARY CLASSES

  • Numeracy, Maths, Algebra and Geometry
  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Life Skills and Orientation
  • Literature and Poetry
  • Xhosa
  • Afrikaans
  • Cultural Subjects including History, Geography, Science, Zoology, Biology and Botany
  • The Peace Programme – teaching tolerance, respect and conflict resolution
  • Creative Expression / Art
  • Drama
  • Music Appreciation / Music / Percussion Band
  • Physical Education

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