"TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE TOP OF THE TREE IN LEARNING"

Tree Tops Montessori Pre-School is a full member of SAMA and all the teaching staff are qualified Teachers registered with SACE.

Every day is filled with fun, music & stimulating activities for the children. Opportunity is given for each child to learn a percussion instrument and develop their musical talents. In our daily theme teachings knowledge is reinforced by singing educational songs.

We include four free live educational shows every year as another tool to bring our theme teachings to life in the ever enquiring minds of our little ones. Also a beautiful professional free photo package is given to each child annually.

Our healthy menu is planned with your child’s needs in mind and included in your school fees. Fresh fruit is served at every meal and veggies are on the menu with every cooked lunch.

A special “Montessori Celebration” takes place for each child on their birthday. It is always a family event with the children singing, parents taking photos & enjoying tea & cake.

At the end of every year Parents & Grandparents, Aunties & Uncles, Brothers & Sisters look forward to our Concert & Graduation Ceremony. It is without doubt the hi-light of our year as every child participates with amazing confidence.

We Offer the following Extra Murals :

  • Ballet
  • Drama
  • Computers
  • Clay Craft
  • Karate
  • Playball
  • Swimming
  • Daily music lessons teaching percussion instruments are free as part of our curriculum.

Head of Education and Music- Principal Jenny de Kock

What Is Montessori

The Montessori method of education is the highest form of nursery school education in the world, and it was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria was born in 1870 at Chiaravalle in the province of Ancona on the Adriatic coast of Italy. In 1904 she was appointed as the Professor of Pedagogic Anthropology. She was the first Italian woman to become a professor. By studying the writings of Seguin, Itard and other scientists Maria Montessori began to formulate her ideas for helping children to learn.

She spent many years studying the absorbent mind of the child, and every piece of equipment she developed is designed to allow natural learning. It is internationally recognised and is flourishing in many countries around the world.

A Montessori nursery school has five main areas:

  1. PRACTICAL LIFE. Using the child’s natural inclinations, Dr. Montessori structured practical exercises using familiar objects such as buttons, dishes, jugs, water etc. They learn skills in sorting, pouring, spooning, muscular control etc. while ‘playing’ with these various activities.

  2. SENSORIAL. In the first 3 years of a child’s life they absorb knowledge unconsciously from their environment. From the age of 3 – 6 years they start to develop this unconscious knowledge. The beginning of conscious knowledge is brought about by correct stimulation in their everyday environment. The sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom are designed to give children a concrete impression of what they are learning. 

  3. LANGUAGE Children of three, four and five years old have a unique fascination with words both printed and spoken. During this ‘sensitive period’ a child’s vocabulary grows spontaneously from approximately 300 words to 3000 words. It is the time when the natural processes connected with the development of speech are fully activated. If we choose words from the higher learning while they are in this sensitive stage, and whilst they still have this inexhaustible capacity for learning, they will retain them and use these words fluently early in life. 

  4. MATHEMATICS If children have access to mathematical equipment in their early years they easily and happily assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic. Dr. Montessori designed concrete materials to represent all types of quantities. A 3 year old will learn to count using the number rods.The decimal system is taught to 4 year olds using the golden beads. 

  5. CULTURAL A Montessori classroom offers many opportunities for young children to expand their knowledge of the world during the years when they are motivated by spontaneous interest. Again, the whole approach to the cultural subjects of geography, history, science, art, music is concrete and inter-related.
Self-image, intellect, character, will, work habits and basic attitudes towards learning and life are formed before the age of 6 years old. Any education the child receives later on can only be built on the foundation laid in these early years.