Giving Your Child the Gift of a Montessori Education 2017-08-31T14:46:55+00:00

Giving Your Child the Gift of a Montessori Education

Your children’s early education impacts the rest of their lives, which makes choosing the right school one of the most crucial decisions you will ever make. Ideally, you want a school that provides holistic education that includes academic and practical real-life skills and which promotes independent and creative thinking. Montessori schools are built on these principles.

Our Montessori Schools in South Africa

You can enroll your children in one of our three Montessori schools which are based in Johannesburg and Midrand, Gauteng and Durban, KwaZulu-Natal:

  • Linbro Park, Sandton
  • Glen Austin, Midrand
  • Gillitts, KwaZulu-Natal

Our schools of Modern Montessori in Gauteng have nursery school classes for children who are three months to three years old, as well as early childhood education classes (three to six years old) and junior and senior primary school classes (six to thirteen years old). The Montessori School in KZN has early childhood or pre-primary classes, as well as junior and senior primary school classes.

Each school is an established and accredited education provider, where our well-trained teachers and care givers are equipped to provide the children entrusted to our care with the best academic and developmental foundations. Our objectives are achieved in a warm, nurturing environment where low teacher-to-child instruction ratios guarantee one-on-one interaction. We offer an all-inclusive education that delivers academic excellence as well as superb aftercare, extra-curricular activities and holiday programmes.

Montessori School Facilities

Our nursery school, pre-primary and primary school classes use only unique Montessori education materials for a well-rounded learning experience that provides practical life, sensory, language, maths and cultural knowledge and skills.

The facilities differ slightly between our schools in Sandton, Midrand and Durban.

The Sandton school has a wide variety of outdoor facilities, including a tennis court, swimming pool, jungle gyms, clamber net and ping pong table. The nursery school facilities include a specially designed baby and toddler playground, while the nursery itself contains cots, educational toys and an en suite bathroom.

The school in Midrand has a swimming pool, billiard room, jungle gyms, swings and a small farm yard.

The school in Durban has an extensive range of outdoor play equipment, much like the other two schools, as well as a rainy day activity centre and children’s garden.

Security facilities include state of the art alarm systems, 24-hour armed response, security guards and intercom systems.

Theory Behind Montessori Education

The curriculum at Montessori schools is based on Maria Montessori’s model of human development, specifically early childhood development. At its most basic level, we believe that all people are driven by a psychological need for self-construction and that when children are given near free rein they automatically carry out activities that lead to optimal development.

We provide a prepared environment that contains specially designed age-appropriate Montessori materials to facilitate this development-seeking behaviour.

Rather than splitting children year by year, Montessori classes are structured according to developmental age groups:

  • Nursery school classrooms for infants and toddlers up to three years old provide ample opportunities to develop gross motor skills and independence.
  • Pre-school classrooms for children between three and six years old allow for the development of practical skills (fine motor skills), sensory development and introduce children to maths, language, music and art.
  • Elementary classrooms for children between six and twelve years old allow them to build on the skills from pre-school and introduce children to the concept of interdependence, such as the interdependence between people, animals and nature.

Middle and high school classes cater to children between 12 and 18 years old but as yet our Montessori schools stop at the elementary (secondary primary) level.

If you’re unhappy with the route in which traditional education is going, consider enrolling your child in one of our Montessori schools. We’re available to answer any questions you might have about the Modern Montessori Method, as well as any questions regarding the enrollment procedure.

You can also find more information on the Montessori Method on our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

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