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.
Established in 1981.
The Modern Montessori Group is comprised of The College of Modern Montessori, which specialises in Montessori teacher training, and The School of Modern Montessori, which provides Montessori pre-primary and Montessori primary school education for children from 3 months to 12 years old.
In 2020, as result of requests from parents, we commenced our Cambridge high school, with our first cohort of students expected to write their IGCSE exams in November 0f 2022.
The cornerstone of the Montessori Method is that children are to be respected for their uniqueness. There never has been and there never will be another child exactly like your child. It stands to reason, then, that your child won’t learn in exactly the same way and at exactly the same pace as other children. The Modern Montessori Method is designed to unlock the potential in each child so that they can grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically and psychologically. It doesn’t restrict children to the rigid agendas and processes used in traditional schools; instead it recognises the intrinsic value and worth of each individual child.
Children have an innate curiosity about the world they inhabit. Modern Montessori Methods encourage them to explore this world in a carefully-prepared learning environment that responds to their need to learn and grow by exposing them to materials and experiences that stimulate intelligence and promote physical and psychological development.
Almost all instruction at a Montessori school takes place on a one-on-one basis. This allows the directress to become familiar with and nurture the unique characteristics of each child. Individual didactic materials are always provided during group lessons to allow children to learn at their own pace. Lessons are short, concise, direct and aimed at enhancing the child’s self-worth.
Modern Montessori relies on specially designed didactic apparatus for every period of childhood development, beginning with simple learning tools for toddlers and then gradually moving on to more complex materials. Each piece or set of equipment is designed to provide the child with a clear-cut experience and then gradually lead to more complicated tasks.
At Modern Montessori schools the child is guided to make free and intelligent choices. All learning materials are placed within the child’s reach and the general classroom environment is bright and comprised of living things such as plants and pets, which the child learns to care for. The Montessori Method groups children vertically into three-year-cycle age groups: two-and-a-half to six years old; six to nine years old; and nine to twelve years old. This family-type structure encourages younger children to learn from older ones, and encourages the older children to be role models for their younger counterparts. It also creates a pervasive context of security, as learners remain under the care of one directress for a longer period of time.
Since the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, the directress plays an enabling role. As such, she prepares and maintains the classroom to ensure that everything needed is within the children’s reach. She is consistently available to respond to the needs of her learners and serves as a positive and inspiring role model who guides them towards self-study, independence, and self-confidence.
Be aware that some Montessori training organisations are claiming to have international accreditation. It is therefore important that you check the authenticity of their claims. When enrolling on a Montessori Teacher Training Programme, ensure that you verify the courses claims to accreditation. The College Of Modern Montessori is the ONLY Montessori Teacher Training Institution in South Africa to be internationally accredited by an independent accreditation board: MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). Please be aware that an affiliation to an international institution is not the same as accreditation by an independent body.