The curriculum will be a blend of the Montessori and the Waldorf model. It is continuous and offered at the pace at which each child learns.
Our teachers are experienced and passionate about their work and this passion infuses their teaching; the children learn from teachers who care about their education and believe in the Montessori method.
The MONTESSORI method encourages a child to enjoy the process of learning. It does not introduce the competitive drive of other curricula and yet leads each child to develop their full potential. The ‘failure to keep up’ approach is avoided; thorough observations by the teachers indicate the appropriate moment to introduce the next activity for each child. The art is to give the child an exercise which is challenging but within their capabilities so that they are stimulated without the fear of failure.
Our curriculum covers the following area required for early childhood development:
There are special Montessori materials for the five main areas of the classroom: Practical life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture.
The children play outside everyday and are offered extra curricular activities like drama, art, cooking, music, and yoga. Elements has developed a successful formula for implementing the Montessori method of education and ensuring that children are ready and prepared to move to their next school.
The Montessori method is integrated with mainstream practices which are introduced as the children progress through school. However, the fundamental philosophy of Montessori education – that each child is an individual and requires individual attention – prevails throughout the school. The strengths and weaknesses of every child are continually assessed and their individual education focuses on assisting them to improve on their weaknesses and develop their strengths.
Finally, respect for the environment and for each other is a central theme for all children throughout the school.
The WALDORF method offers a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. It integrates the arts in all academic disciplines, for children from preschool. This includes a focus on well oriented physical activity in the first three years, imaginative play in the middle years of early childhood, and later a more cognitive approach to learning.
It is our belief that initiating creative learning at an early age encourages imaginative thinking throughout childhood and beyond, and also encourages the child’s understanding of other people.
In creative play, the child has an opportunity to adopt roles which awaken their awareness of the feelings of others, thereby introducing the child to the concept of empathy and compassion. Additionally, giving a child access to creativity not only enhances their communication skills but also lays the groundwork for the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills.
The environment plays a big part in fostering creativity in young children. At Tba elements, our job as adults is to keep the environment interesting by providing, alongside the Montessori equipment, creative experiences and materials that will capture the child’s curiosity. We see the child as an individual and through sensitive monitoring of each child our hope is to further their development by cultivating their creative ideas.
To nurture the development of compassion and empathy through creativity we have developed an environment where children can explore and experiment, and work together with artistic and creative endeavours of their own, while at the same time gain an understanding of warm fellowship and community awareness.
Our children thrive in a safe and nurturing environment where small class sizes ensure that each child is given the opportunity to develop at his or her own pace with the right level of encouragement and challenge. Children can start with us from the age of 8 months. For parents and other interested people, we offer Montessori training for those who wish to learn more for themselves.