Welcome to Bright Light Montessori
Our approach to learning and teaching through child centred play and exploration. We have a fully equipped Montessori environment for your child to develop to their full potential.
Why Bright Light Montessori?
Bright Light Montessori aims to create a loving environment that welcomes all children and allows them to feel at home. The school is set up in a cozy home environment that helps to create a loving home away from home and where they can grow to their full potential.
Bright Light Montessori was founded by our Principal and Preschool class Directress Natalie Hart in 2017.
Natalie spent many years’ au pairing children in America and South Africa, which created a deep love for child development and how to help them grow into confident, happy children. In 2008 Natalie studied at Headstart Mercy Montessori for her Diploma in age 3-6. Natalie taught at a small Montessori School in Mowbray for 3 years and then moved on to Mainstream preschool in Tokai where she grew even further in her love for education. Natalie has Bachelors in Education in Foundation Phase; this helps her to know what the children need to achieve to succeed in South African Grade 1 classes. After 5 years Natalie knew it was time to open her own school and help even more children grow to their full potential.
Fit Kids SA is an important part of the week, Sam from FitKids SA comes in and helps the children to grown those large gross motor muscles. Through fun for activity and joy for movement without a competitive element our Bright Lights have developed wonderful skills that carry over into their work inside the classroom and socialisation with each other.
Bright Light Montessori is a proud South African Montessori Association member, we are in process to gain FULL tier Membership which shows we are an Authentic Montessori School on par with Montessori schools worldwide.
Gardening is wonderful part of our lives at Bright Light Montessori, the children learn the beauty of nature and how to take care of a vegetable patch. From planting to watering and weeding to watching and waiting patiently for our first harvest. The Bright Lights have enjoyed eating carrots, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes and more this year.
OUR DAILY PROGRAMME
Daily programme: Toddler
7:30 School opens – breakfast
7:30-9am work period
9-10am outside play
10:00-12:00 second work period with snack
12:00 home time
12:00-12:30 lunch for after care children
12:30-2:30 nap time
2:30 – 4:30pm outside play
4:30-5:30 quiet play before home time
Daily programme: Preschool
7:30 School opens – breakfast
7:30-8:30 outside play
8:30 – 11:30 work period (includes staggered snack time, art time)
11:30- 12:15 outside play
12:15 story time and wash hands
12:30 home time
12:30-1:00 lunch time for after care and extended programme
1:00-2:30 extended programme and quiet time ( nap time, drawing, reading in quiet)
2:30-4:30pm Free play outside / inside
4:30 – 5:30 Quiet play inside bore home time
Year Dates 2018: (these dates are subject to change)
Term 1 start:17 January
21 March: Human Rights Day
Term 1 ends:28 March
Term 2 start:10 April
27 April: Freedom Day
30 April: School Holiday
1 May: Workers’ Day
16 June: Youth Day
Term 2 ends:22 June
Term 3 starts:17 July
9 August: National Woman’s Day
10 August: School Holiday
24 September: Heritage Day
Term 3 ends:28 September
Term 4 starts:9 October
Term 4 ends:7 December
Preschool and Toddlers
The Preschool class is for those children aged 3-6 years old. The class has one Directress and one assistant. Child to Teacher ratio of 10:1.
Extras in the week are FitkidsSA, Gardening and baking.
The Toddler class is for the little ones aged 15 months to 3 years. This classroom is for those beginning stages of education development. Developing the love for exploration, learning language and the love to learn. In this class there is one directress and one assistant. Toilet learning is developed in this environment. Child to Teacher ration of 5:1.
Extras in the week are FitkidsSA and baking.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Established lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Your children’s education and wellfare are our main priorities