The Montessori Elementary is a program that grows out of respect for the mind of a rapidly developing child. The child is in a new plane of development – a time of insatiable curiosity and excitement for learning.
The carefully developed Elementary curriculum guides the child through identifying, classifying, and researching all of the fascinating concepts in each chosen field of study. The areas of language, math, geometry, botany, zoology, geography, and history are all represented in the classroom, with materials that lead the child to abstraction of the fundamental concepts in each area.
The children continue to develop at their own pace, with careful observation and assessment by the directress.
The Montessori Curriculum is prioritised, but the CAPS curriculum is referred to as a regular resource.
CURRICULUM - THE FIVE GREAT STORIES
The children are told Maria Montessori’s five great stories and all the traditional life science subjects are presented and explored through these:
The Formation of the Universe
Life and its Beginnings
The Story of Humans
The Story of Communication
The Story of Numbers
These “Five Great Stories” provide a framework for intellectual and social exploration and demonstrate the connectedness and purposeful work of all life throughout history. Through immersing themselves in this Cosmic Education, they experience the Elementary curriculum in a deep and meaningful way.
MELISSA BROOKSTEIN HOD & Gymnogene Directress
MEGAN MOORE Meerkat Directress
KERIN GOOSEN Wonderhub
LAURA LE ROUX Meerkat Directress
LINDA NEL Xhosa