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Oakdale Montessori

Name of School:  Oakdale Montessori Location of School:  Bellville, Cape Town Teaching Position: Montessori Trained Directress Teaching Environemnt:  3 to 6 year old pre-school Start Date of Appointment:  July, 2024 Requirements:  Able to support and lead a class in all aspects of the environment Good communication skills Excellent record-keeping skills

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Montessori Practice in Action

Montessori Practice in Action!

The parenting and education world are wising up and people around the world are realizing the amazing benefits of Montessori practice. Many families are not only choosing to send their children to Montessori schools but they’re also transforming their homes into beautiful Montessori spaces.   You may have scrolled Instagram or

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Win R1500 Voucher Facebook

Stand a chance to win a R1500 voucher by reviewing our Facebook page. Anyone can enter just follow these 2 steps: Visit our Facebook page Leave Feedback under the reviews tab. Competition ends 20th of September. Visit our Facebook page Leave Feedback under the reviews tab.

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The Maria Montessori Tulip

Tulips from Amsterdam

Mrs J.J. Werker, set up the first small Montessori ‘Casa dei Bambini’ in the Netherlands, in 1914.  It was soon apparent, that with other schools opening their doors in the Netherlands, it was necessary to coordinate how schools were run and managed, and to pool resources.  In 1917 the official

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Nomenclature Cards and Purposeful Writing

Once children have begun to write letters, they are quickly motivated to apply that knowledge to useful, meaningful activities. But a child who wants to write a lot may not yet have the attention span or endurance to write for long. It falls, then, to the creative Montessori teacher to

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The Work of Education

The Work of Education

“Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education” Education and Peace, pg. 24 Let us celebrate the work of education that has shaped the brave men and women who stand today united, protecting businesses, community centres, schools, hospitals and properties throughout our Nation. Just

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Big and Small - Montessori for All

Big and Small – Montessori for all

Montessori for Dementia and Ageing is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adopted for individuals or groups as a philosophy of care. The goal of the Montessori program is to support older adults and people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filled with cues and

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When is the Best Time to Teach Time?

When is the Best Time to Teach Time?

The Child believes that time is measured by actions, movement, how long (or short) it will be and it’s importance.  “Time to wake up, to eat, sleep, to go to the park or to work.”  Often, many parents/guardians say things like, “we will leave in 5 minutes.” This is meaningless

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Life style of the Chicken Activity

Life Cycles – Activity Sets

“To make it clear whether or not a child has understood, we should see whether he can form a vision of it within the mind, whether he has gone beyond the level of mere understanding.” Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential, p.10 Childrens House recently produced 5 new products

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Childrens Readers: Emergent

Developing New Readers

One of the most frustrating tasks for a Montessori teacher is to find suitable reading matter that allows them to put into practice the skills learnt in the pink, blue and green reading series. These readers are carefully selected by our team, ensuring that they are suitable for a Montessori

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Montessori Centre South Africa

What does it mean to be a Montessori teacher? Montessori herself described the adult wishing to be a teacher of children as follows: “A teacher who would think that (s)he could prepare (her)himself for (her)his mission through study alone, would be mistaken. The first thing required of a teacher is

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The Montessori Blue Reading Series

An Explosion of Reading

We are so excited to welcome this new addition, the Montessori Blue Reading Series to our language category.  The three levels of Montessori reading; pink, blue and green are world famous.  They fulfil all that a child requires to support them in their thirst to read.  So often, children have an ‘explosion’ of reading during the foundation phase (between 4-to-6-years old).  However, no

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The Stamp Game helps the Child to learn all about the decimal system, in the form of a game, in a less concrete manner.

Childrens House Goes Global

I was delighted to attend the UTAH Montessori Conference over the weekend of January 30th. I met and mingled with our Montessori Colleagues from across the Atlantic Ocean via a Zoom online event!  As difficult as the new normal has become in the light of the COVID pandemic there is

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What is Montessori?

The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. Maria Montessori The Montessori method of teaching is an internationally renowned, theoretical concept based upon proven scientific observations. It is a holistic, comprehensive approach to an educational system. This system includes

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Our wish for you

Childrens House wish all their friends, supporters, suppliers and customers a Happy New 2021 Year! We don’t wish you prosperity in the normal sense. Our wish for you is for love for our fellow men and women.  Friendship and compassion to those in need.  Health to support you and your

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and so we come to the end of the year…

We are all facing a much quieter, more reflective period, celebrating the festive season, differently. Now is the time to make new rituals, remembering that this time of year is all about new life and rebirth. The most important of all at this time, is the Child.

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The Montessori Sun Game

Feel The Power of the Sun

The Sun is the source of an enormous amount of energy, a portion of which provides Earth with the light and heat necessary to support life. Children accept, without thought that the Sun is just “there” and will always be there.  Using this activity, the Montessori Sun Game, you can

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Being the Observer and Guide

Being the Observer and Guide

Being the Observer and Guide gives the teacher the opportunity to control the quality of what and how the Child learns. Using the three period lesson is the traditional method of managing this.

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When Concrete Becomes Abstract

When Concrete Becomes Abstract

And so, my question is answered. Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery. I was fascinated to read the above quotations directly from Maria Montessori’s own handbook. By the way, the other snippet of information that I discovered in this exercise was that the thin outline was never originally intended to be blue. Maria Montessori describes it as “in the third series, however, the geometrical figures are instead outlined only in black ink.”
Enjoy your work with the children of the universe, here’s looking to a bright new future.

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Toddler learning to work with laces

Step Back and Allow them to Fail!

Step back and allow them to fail does not mean; leave the child alone. Your role is to allow them to learn from their mistakes, to give them the freedom to try and try again, (regardless of how busy you are), to achieve a positive result

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Jo’s School’s 10 Year Anniversary

From a tiny children’s clothing shop in the small English village of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight to a school on the Cape Flats is quite a stretch of the imagination but not when it came to honouring Jo’s life, and Jo’s School in Vrygrond is proof of that.

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Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

South African children are accustomed to walking barefoot. This simple action has many health benefits. Read on, courtesy of Montessori @ Home, to see why we should allow our children to walk with bare feet. Shoes prevent one of the most nerve-rich parts of the body, to send important messages

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Toddler beating the xylophone

The Creative Side of the Brain

One of the most rewarding sights, is a Child who instinctively develops a rhythmic sound by shaking, beating or scraping a percussion instrument.  These instruments add excitement and color to any music and can also be identified to sounds in nature, i.e. the crow or the sound of wind in

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