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WELCOME TO PINELANDS MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL


We are a private, non-denominational institute, established in 2001. We are located in Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Road in Pinelands.

Pinelands Montessori Preschool is a close-knit community of parents, staff and students. We strive to assist children to develop to their full potential, to be happy and content, to grow in knowledge and confidence and to have respect for themselves and for others. Our nurturing environment provides children with a broad, harmonious, and holistic education.

Our classrooms are equipped with Montessori teaching apparatus. Our classrooms can accommodate 24 children, each with a qualified Directress and assistant.

We have a large grassed outside play area which includes a jungle gym, sandpit, trampoline and various other play and exercise equipment.

Should you wish to enquire further or enrol, please CONTACT the school to make an appointment.

We cater for 2 - 6 year
olds and we offer:

• Full or half day attendance
• Bright stimulating environment
• Extramurals: Playball, Swimming
• Caring, creative and motivated
  educators

All children are treated with respect and are offered individual guidance in a stimulating environment.





ABOUT MONTESSORI EDUCATION



Montessori - An Education for life

Over a century ago, an educator, writer, lecturer and medical doctor by the name of Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952), developed a new approach for educating and nurturing young children. Through her observations and teachings she concluded that every child is an individual learner and should be encouraged to work at their own pace on projects they initiate themselves. Her philosophy worked from the basic premise that children learn better when they are given the opportunity to choose and discover their own way.

Montessori identifies each child as a unique individual

The Montessori philosophy recognises each child’s needs and through working with the specialised equipment are able to feed those needs.

The Montessori classroom provides a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years of learning between 3 – 6 years of age, that is when he/she is able to absorb information from an enriched and stimulating environment. These are periods of intense fascination for learning particular skills, such as counting and sequencing. It is easier for a child to develop a particular skill during the sensitive period than at any other time in their life as they learn effortlessly.

The child is free to choose from a large variety of activities to satisfy their individual needs. The Montessori teacher as ‘directress’ observes the needs and interests of each child. She demonstrates the correct use of the material to the child and carefully watches on a daily basis.

Montessori materials are divided into five main areas:

PRACTICAL LIFE
This is where it all begins for the 3-year-old child. It involves day-to-day activities such as pouring, spooning, polishing and food preparation, all of which develop hand dexterity. The children also learn how to care for both themselves and their environment. Practical life serves as preparation for later maths and language.

LANGUAGE
Language skills involve listening, speaking, reading and writing and, therefore a comprehensive framework has been worked out suggesting a systematic approach to assist development in these areas. When a child shows they are ready, the letter sounds are introduced, leading to many reading and writing exercises. The children begin language work early in a Montessori environment. The first stages of word building involve introducing the children to the idea that words are made up of sounds.

SENSORIAL
These materials teach the children how to discriminate between dimensional differences, colours, shapes, and textures and to them verbalise this.

MATHEMATICS
Our basic interest is to consider the possibilities of providing sound foundations at nursery school level for the later development of mathematical concepts. The equipment covers grouping and learning numbers from 1 - 9999 and early work is done with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

CULTURE
An introduction at an early age through specific equipment and through theme work. Subject areas cover geography, simple biology, history, science and art.