When you walk into our school, you notice the facilities and rolling green lawns. These colourful, well-kept and beautiful surroundings become a second home to your children, with age-appropriate areas to suit each group. The expansion into Montessori Primary school, means that your child can complete both their Pre-school and Primary schooling at Modderfontein Montessori School. Each of the beautiful classrooms is fully equipped with quality Montessori materials, and our directresses take pride in maintaining pristine prepared environments that are not only inviting, but also 100% suited to the children and their needs.

The Modderfontein Montessori Pre-school is divided into two groups:

  • The Toddler groupfor children aged 18 months to three years
  • The Pre-school groupfor children aged three to six years

Our classes are run by qualified, dedicated Montessori teachers, who are SACE registered and have First Aid training. Our assistant staff are trained in Montessori Philosophy and Practical Life and all have First Aid training. We follow the SAMA adopted AMI Montessori Curriculum.

Practical Life

The Practical Life area forms a strong foundation for Montessori Pre-School education. This is where a child gains control of their fine-motor skills, concentration, self-confidence while developing a love of learning. Objects used in this area relate to those found in everyday life, and activities are designed for children to be able to master them comfortably, thus gaining independence in doing things for themselves.

There are five areas of activity:

  • Preliminary exercise (carrying a tray)
  • Elementary exercise (spooning)
  • Applied exercises (watering plants)
  • Grace and Courtesy (manners)
  • Control of movement (silence game)

This area also exposes children to fundamental activities that they will encounter through into adulthood.


The Sensorial area allows children to become aware of the finer details in everyday life that can often be missed. Each Sensorial activity focuses on one important quality such as:

  • Colour
  • Weight
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Texture
  • Sound
  • Smell

Sensorial activities develop, order, refine and broaden the senses, allowing children to enhance their perception for distinguishing different qualities and small differences in patterns. At the same time, fine motor function in the hands is also developed. The Sensorial area builds levels of concentration for a wider awakening of the senses and perception.


The Mathematics area uses concrete materials to help children recognise numbers and quantities. Using activities designed for the area, children learn exactly what value a number stands for. Mathematics activities are divided into six categories:

  • Counting
  • Decimal system
  • Memory work
  • Concrete to abstraction
  • Arithmetic tables
  • Geometry

As and when they are ready, children will be introduced to more complex activities.


Using phonetic sounds and phonetic awareness activities, children develop their early-literacy skills in the Language area. This builds on their literary foundation and improves the child’s vocabulary, listening skills and the ability to differentiate between sounds, objects and pictures. Activities in this area include:

  • Learning the shapes and sounds of letters
  • Practicing fine motor skills by writing
  • Vocabulary development
  • Word building
  • Reading development
  • Practicing parts of grammar
  • Creating sentences
  • Reading silently


In the Cultural area, children learn about the following subjects:

  • Geography – helps them understand their culture and others
  • Zoology – introduces animals, where they live, what they eat, how they grow and their eco-systems
  • Botany – children learn about plants and nature appreciation
  • Science – allows children to observe and experiment
  • Art and music – allow children the freedom to express themselves

This area gives children the chance to explore the world and different worldly ideas.

Through Cultural learning, children develop their cognitive, social and emotional skills constructively.


Children can be dropped off from 7am but no later than 07:55.

Work cycle 1: 08:00 – 11:00

Snack time: 11:00 – 11:15

Playtime: 11:15 – 12:15

Work cycle 2 & Lunch: 12:15 – 13:30

13:30 Half day children go home

14:00 – 17:30 Aftercare

*A more detailed class session will be provided by the class teacher each term. Sessions are flexible depending on the needs of the class and the children.

Parents are asked to provide a healthy, mid-morning snack from home for their children to enjoy. Holiday care is also available at an additional cost for parents who need extra support during this time. This will help you rest assured that your little ones are always in safe, capable hands during the school holidays when you cannot be there.


0 – 18m: Babies

18 – 3yrs: Toddler Group

3 – 6yrs: Pre-School


7am – 5:30pm

Parents are asked to provide a small, healthy

mid-morning lunch-box snack from home

for their children to enjoy during the first break time

of the day at around 10am.

Cooked meal for lunch (no additional cost)

Afternoon Snack

7am – 1:30pm

Parents are asked to provide a small, healthy

mid-morning lunch-box snack from home

for their children to enjoy during the first break time

of the day at around 10am.

Cooked meal for lunch (Additional cost)


We invite our little learners to join us during the holidays for fun-filled days of Holiday Camp. This allows parents who are not able to take time off to leave their child with us in safe, capable hands where they will be stimulated and kept entertained during the day.

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