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      19 Vosloo Street,
      Northmead, Benoni, 1501

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      M-F: 7:00am – 5:30pm
      Weekends: Closed

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      Does the Montessori method restrict the child’s creativity?

      No. In fact, the very foundation of the Montessori approach is based on the recognition of the child’s creativity and his need for an environment that encourages rather than limits this creativity. Music, art, storytelling, movement and drama are part of every Montessori program. But there are also other things specific to the Montessori environment that encourage creative development and the opportunity for both verbal and non-verbal modes of learning.

      How did the Montessori method begin?
      Dr. Maria Montessori was the creator of ‘The Montessori Method of Education’, which is based on her scientific observations of young children’s behavior. Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman medical doctor, became interested in the education as a doctor treating mentally challenged children. She returned to the University for further study, and in 1907, was invited to organize a school in the reconstructed slum area of San Lorenzo, Italy. She established a method of education that became universally effective. International interest in her approach led to Montessori schools in many countries.
      How do Montessori schools view imaginative play?
      Maria Montessori saw that there was a difference between truly creative imagination (based on reality) and fantasy (based on non-real events). When she watched children play she realised that they really wanted to be able to do real things in a real world, rather than just pretend. So Montessori schools really value imaginative play but will always try to help children work with real objects and situations.
      How will my child fit in with a more traditional system after leaving Montessori preschool?
      Montessori children tend to be very socially comfortable. Because they have been encouraged to problem solve and think independently they are happy, confident and resourceful. So they normally settle in very quickly and easily into new schools. In fact primary school teachers are often delighted to hear that your child has been to a Montessori school!
      What is the difference between Montessori and Traditional Methods of teaching?
      In Montessori schools the child is seen as a dynamic learner, full of creative potential and in need of the maximum possible freedom to be allowed to develop as a happy, confident individual. Montessori schools therefore place emphasis on the importance of process. In more traditional schools children are seen to be in need of more instruction and control from adults – there is less trust in the child’s own inner abilities and more emphasis on ensuring very defined results. So Montessori schools are learner centred, whereas traditional schools tend to be more teacher centred.

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      Location: 19 Vosloo St, Northmead, Benoni, 1501.

      Telephone: 076 732 6851 / 011 849 2809

      Email: info@oakgrove.co.za

      School Hours: M-F: 7:00am - 5:30pm

      Non-Discrimination Policy

      Oak Grove Montessori Preschool is open to all pupils regardless of: Gender; Religion; Ethnic / cultural group; Language proficiency; Intellectual capabilities.

      Enrolment will however depend on: Ability to adjust to the school; An association with our school’s values and philosophies; Availability of positions at the school.