Toddlers (Age 1-3)
Dr. Montessori believed that education begins at birth and the first few years of life, being the most formative, are the most important both physically and mentally. The Toddler program prepares the child and provides a solid foundation for a smooth transition into the early learning stage (Children’s House).
Our Toddler class is a group of 10 to 15 children, with one directress and one assistant. Our special environment is specifically designed to meet the needs of toddles, with smaller furniture, lots of natural light and defined spaces to invite movement and opportunities for motor development. Throughout the year, the directress may recommend that some children move up to the Children’s House. The timing in this transition is based on each child’s development and readiness.
Toddler focus areas
A variety of exercises including threading, bead stringing and puzzles help toddlers develop hand-eye coordination.
Material to help children to take care of themselves and to take care of the environment (house work)
Development of language skills – spoken vocabulary – enrichment exercises that include reading books and other activities, including art and music
The Montessori Directress and her assistant nurture the child’s natural curiosity and love of learning.
Children’s House (Age 3-6)
The primary goal of the Brooklyn Montessori School is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. The program promotes the development of intellectual, emotional, physical, creative and social independence.
Children of different ages work together in the school. The little ones observe how beautiful the older children work and try to copy them. The older children love to “play teacher” and by doing that they internalize the knowledge they already have. They also learn to take care of the little ones.
The children work individually with the material and develop at their own pace.
Our school has the Montessori characteristics:
- All materials are accessible,
- The materials are neat and orderly,
- Everything is complete and colourcoded,
- The activities are graded from easy to difficult,
- There is no desk for the teacher,
- Only purposeful activities are presented
– Everything is the size of the child,
- Freedom – Dr Montessori was an advocate of allowing the children freedom of movement in the school. The children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone of with friends. The children have freedom within limits. There is a set of rules that should be obeyed. The children should have respect for each other and for the environment.
The teacher observes the children to determine which new activities may be introduced.
The Children’s House has six areas:
Practical Life: Practical life enhances the development of coordination, self-sufficiency and manipulative skills. They learn to take care of themselves, to take care of the environment, exercises of Grace and Courtesy and coordination of movement.
Sensorial: The Sensorial area allows children to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, size, colour and more.
Language: The Language area includes development of speaking skills, writing, reading and grammar. We cover English, Afrikaans & French.
Mathematics: The Mathematics area helps the children to recognise and internalise the concepts of numbers, symbols, sequencing and operations.
Gross Motor Development: The Gross Motor Development area assists children in developing crucial motor skills.
Cultural: In the Cultural area we cover the following subjects:
Geography, Botany, Zoology, Art, Music, Science and Technology.
To enrol your child, please download and complete the application form