Welcome to Littlehill Montessori
Littlehill Montessori opened its doors in 2005 with the vision of providing children with a warm, nurturing environment where children could grow and learn. All our facilities are purpose built and fully equipped to the highest standards with the full range of Montessori equipment.
We welcome children between the ages of 18 months to 6 years. Our programmes include half day and full day options. Holiday programmes are also available.
Littlehill is a member of the South African Montessori Association (SAMA).
"Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life. "
Dr. Maria Montessori
Our aim is to provide children with a dynamic and authentic Montessori experience where the children are cared for with love and respect. With that in mind the classroom environments are bright, airy and inviting. Children can move between the indoor and outdoor environments going from learning to write numbers, to playing in our beautiful park like playground.
Littlehill believes in fostering independence, creativity and problem-solving from an early age. The ability to concentrate and complete a task is also encouraged.
Each child is valued as a unique individual who is a part of our school’s family.
This includes skills needed in the child’s daily life such as dressing themselves, preparing food, caring for their environment, manners and courtesy. This helps develop social skills whilst encouraging a sense of self confidence, independence and self-worth.
Through manipulating specially designed materials such as the Pink Tower, Broad Stair and Geometric Solids, children develop a concrete impression of size, width, length, shape and colour indirectly preparing them for work in mathematics.
The Montessori approach to teaching mathematics offers a clear and logical strategy for helping students understand and develop a sound foundation in mathematics and geometry. Learning begins with concrete concepts and skills that form the foundations of mathematics progressing through to abstract concepts of later mathematics.
This is taught using three methodologies originally developed by Dr Montessori:
- The Metal Insets require children to trace geometric shapes and carefully draw in horizontal lines in these outlines. This facilitates the lightness of touch, eye hand co-ordination and directionality required for writing.
- The Sandpaper Alphabets where children trace each letter as it would be written, using two fingers of their dominant hand. As they trace the letter’s shape, they receive three distinct impressions: they see the shape of the letter, they feel its shape and how it is written, and they hear the teacher pronounce its sound.
- Large Movable Alphabets are used to help children build and recognise sounds in words. From here the child’s journey to independent reading begins.
This covers Science, Technology, Botany, Zoology, History, Geography to art and Music. Simple science experiments such as sink and float, magnetic and non-magnetic objects are prepared and placed on the shelf for children to explore. Children learn about plants and animals, why they are important and how to care for them. The aim of History here is to give children a sense of the passage of time, the structure of a day, names of the days of the week and months of the year, the seasons, and how to work with simple timelines. They also learn the stories of famous people from the past. For geography children are given concrete experiences of the structure of the earth . We first give children the big picture, then move gradually to the details: names of countries, rivers and mountains, and a grasp of the cultures of other lands. The framework is always our relationship to the Earth: how we meet our basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, transportation, defense, ornamentation, and self-expression) under varying geographic conditions. We introduce children to various cultures from around the world, increasing their awareness and understanding of the beautiful diversity of people, animals and places to be found on our planet. The study of Music intertwines with other areas of the curriculum. Lessons that teach children basic skills used in controlling a brush and paint, cleaning up, working on paper, using a coloured pencil, simple weaving, and so on are normally placed on the shelf for use at any time. Students are encouraged to express their feelings, experiences, and ideas through Art and Music.
All Littlehill Montessori schools has been purpose built and designed with your child in mind.
Our beautiful grounds and large airy classrooms have been designed to cater to every child’s developmental needs. Each child is encouraged to develop to his or her full potential in our fully equipped classrooms. Safety and security is of paramount importance to us and we have fitted our schools and classrooms with CCTV cameras which allows us to monitor your child’s movements closely.
The spacious playgrounds offer a variety of apparatus including a jungle gym, sandpit and bike track ensuring the children’s gross motor skills are challenged and refined.
To view our beautiful schools please make an appointment for a tour.