“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.” – Dr Maria Montessori
The years of moral development.
During this age, children begin to awaken to other humans and outer aspects of life. The emphasis is on self-discipline and building character, including manners, courtesy and grace. It is also a period of learning fairness and it is therefore an excellent time to teach children rules of games. They are typically “black-and-white” thinkers, with little grey area.
There is now a very clear distinction between reality and fantasy. Their intellectual curiosity is limitless. Imagination, exploration and research are very important. This is usually taught through five great stories or timelines which are loosely connected and broadly based, helping children to form a picture of their place in the universe.
The 6-9 class consists of approximately 20 children per grade within the 6-9 environment, with 1 or 2 assistants, depending on numbers. Each directress is allotted a register group and specializes in one particular area – Maths, Language or Cultural subjects. In addition there is a dedicated reading teacher for this environment.
The daily programme:
The programme includes: Morning ring followed by a three hour work cycle, involving Maths, English, Afrikaans and Cultural subjects (research of all subjects is presented in the timelines). The cycle continues with Music, Art, Life Skills, Xhosa and Sport.
The programme is balanced with outings to places of interest. Drama is encouraged and all children take part in the annual play, as well as celebrating festival days. Children are encouraged to play chess and other board games in the class, when work is complete. The 6 – 9 playground is designed to encourage balance, large muscle co-ordination and ball skills.
Sport and extra-mural activities:
Great emphasis is placed on ball skills at this age. 6-9 year sport concentrates on acquiring and developing various sporting skills and takes place during school hours. All children swim in summer in our 25m pool and participate in athletics, and cricket.
In winter they play soccer and hockey. Other sports and extra mural activities available to this age group are: tennis, recorder, piano, as well as other musical instruments, ballet, cricket and swimming (Summer only).
Junior Clubs are offered as extra murals and include Mountain Biking , Yoga, and Ballet. The clubs are not compulsory – please contact office for details.
KnysnaMontessoriSchool offers aftercare for children in both the pre-school and Primary school. This takes the form of supervised play in the safe and secure environment of the preschool/school. A drink and healthy snack are available for every child remaining in aftercare.