We have created a unique environment, suitable to the needs of the child for individual and spontaneous discovery and exploration while fostering the skills needed for later learning
The use of asking the child the right questions in guiding them to self discoveries. There are several central learning areas that are in the age 3-6 Montessori Classroom: Activities of everyday living, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Knowledge and understanding of the world, Art & Natural environment. The creative arts of music, movement, dance, drama, poetry, song and puppets are supplemented at prepared times.
8:15am until 12:15pm
Children can be dropped off at school from 7:35am, specifically for working parents.
Please note that the morning cycle finishes promptly at the above time.
Our day begins with individual morning greeting as the children arrive, settling them into their chosen or invited tasks.
8:15: Our formal morning begins.
We ask that this time is strictly observed as your child’s directress will have started her/his lessons with individual children and cannot be interrupted.
3 hour Montessori work cycle.
Here the children have choice of work.
They are carefully monitored to ensure that they are stimulated and challenged in all learning areas.
Small group and individual lessons are ongoing throughout this time.
The environment is shared by both classes and facilitated equally by all four educational staff.
Snack is at the children’s discretion between 9.00 and 11:00am
Outside social and gross motor play
12:15 Lunch time or home time for morning programme children.
Children in their last year of preschool stay for lunch and continue with a second work cycle until 2:30 pm
7:35 am to 5 pm
This is designed to meet the needs of the children whose parents work.
This facility is only open to Blue Moon Montessori children who are currently attending the preschool.
Places are limited to 20 children.
The continuity of the Montessori environment and teachers allows for the child’s security, providing the setting for a stimulating and relaxing afternoon programme.
This includes: lunch time, quiet time (a restful or sleep period), free play, available art activities or games and a general atmosphere of creative and happy activity, all well supervised.
The children will have continued access to the whole classroom environment in the same manner that takes place in the morning. There will be no change in child care practices between the morning and the afternoon programme.
The children have a prepared lunch before attending their afternoon class.
Afternoon snack and juice is provided by us for the children who stay until 5:00pm.
Parents will need to supply a blanket type sleeping bag and a pillow in a fabric bag to be taken home each Friday for washing.
Blue Moon supports the following extra murals which take place on the following days at 2:30 pm.
Yoga with Tarryn Tomlin
Clay with Paddy Nebe
Speech and Drama with Georgia Summers
We accept all children and strive to uphold a multicultural community.
We accept children between the ages of 2 years, 9 months and 6 years of age provided that supportive care in a safe environment exists to meet their needs in a developmentally appropriate way.
Vertical grouping of ages in our environments dictates to us the spaces available each year as most children start with us at the age of three. Where we are oversubscribed to, the following criteria will be followed.
Preference is given to those enrolling for the 3 year programme. Preference is given to siblings if enrolled in time.
- Preference is given to those children transferring from another Montessori preschool.
- We do take in children with learning difficulties or barriers to learning subject to our compatibility and available resources. These children do not exceed 10% of the class community.
- Space is subject to a balance of boys and girls and age groups.
Therapy and Remedial
Our children have many different learning styles and although the Montessori classroom is designed for these differences, should it come to the attention of the teaching staff that your child may benefit from an assessment, we will discuss with parents the intervention or support needed.
We do believe however in working closely with any therapist so that there is a team approach to supporting each individual. The specialist’s report will indicate whether our classroom is the best learning facility for your child and how we can cater to specific learning needs.
An arranged visit to the school allows you to view the school and ask any necessary questions and to receive an enrolment form. The enrolment form needs to be returned to our office and your child will be placed on the waiting list. When a place becomes available, we will ask for an interview with you and your child. A letter from us will inform you of acceptance and will request a non-refundable R1500.00 registration fee to be paid within 14 days, thus confirming your child’s place within the school. Siblings pay half of the registration fee.
Here are five basic learning areas in the Montessori environment:
- Activities of everyday living
- Knowledge and understanding of the world which includes creative arts and physical movement
These five areas encompass an integrated curriculum.
A large, bright and well-equipped Montessori environment provides the setting for a wide variety of activities to promote self-help skills, refinement of the senses, development of gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, language and cognitive development for all the children.
Through the activities of our prepared Montessori environment the children acquire a sense of “I can do this” and go from strength to strength, becoming more independent, thus enhancing their self-esteem. In addition to working as individuals they also work collectively, socialising, chatting and sharing their experiences and thus learning what it is to be part of a group. The whole child is nurtured, placing equal value on their physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and social development.
The activities in these areas are essential in the direct development of order, coordination, concentration and independence. The indirect aim of the Practical Life activities is to prepare the children for academic readiness.
Practical Life activities encompass three (3) basic areas:
- Care of self-independence in activities of daily living. (examples: dressing of self, pouring, sewing)
- Care of environment. (examples: sweeping, dusting, polishing, watering plants)
- Development of social etiquette and skills.(examples: practicing grace and courtesy, practicing cooperative group skills, problem solving)
These are the first activities that the young three year old encounters in the preschool. They encourage the child to focus their attention and perfect the skills of daily living. For example they learn to polish wood, pour, or scrub a table. Through this experience, they learn to complete the task and gain a sense of achievement.
These manipulative activities lead to independence, concentration and sense of order. Sensorial activities develop a child’s auditory, visual, motor and tactile skills in a developmentally appropriate manner. Sensorial apparatus assists the child to further refine their senses in order to appreciate subtle nuances of colour and texture, sound, smell, taste and form.
Having worked with variations in size and quantity through the sensorial apparatus the child is then ready to begin learning about the world of numbers and patterns. Starting with very concrete hands-on work the children begin to identify symbols and their corresponding quantities. Each piece of equipment guides the child towards further abstraction of numbers and mathematical concepts, as well as the encouragement for meaningful application of new knowledge learnt.
Vital in any child’s development. Here we use an eclectic approach to language learning, in that by the time the child is ready for primary education their literacy readiness has emerged. What this means is that the environment is not only rich in oral language experiences, but also in print experiences.
A second language will be included in the programme, depending on available teaching resources.
Seeds of culture
The natural curiosity of the child is taken advantage of, in giving the child experiences of their world through, history, geography, nature and science. The children are presented with the whole picture to provide the child with the key to the world, which they will continue to explore in much more detail through “Cosmic Education”. We give the child a vision of their world in which they can engage with meaningfully.
These areas are supported by an open art area where the children are exposed to various art media in which they can choose, explore and express themselves. Daily lessons given during the morning include those from dramatic arts, storytelling, poetry, puppets, singing and musical experiences daily.
Physical education classes are included into the morning programme once a week for the children who turn 5 or 6 in that year run by Growing in Sport. The outdoor environment is prepared daily to incorporate different aspects of gross motor movement for children’s development. We incorporate neurodevelopment exercises where age-appropriate movements are used to enhance whole brain and body learning.