Cycle 1: 30 months to 4 years

The Montessori approach to children acknowledges the Milestones of Development of a child and designs activities to stimulate each phase of growth towards independence.

In the 3 to 5-year-old section children start perfecting their speech and learn colours, shapes and numbers.

They become more confident and independent. Their speech is clear, they feed themselves and take themselves to the toilet. They have an extensive vocabulary and absorb and repeat things from their environment accurately. Through songs, games, worksheets, and specially designed activities they learn to hold a pencil correctly and start colouring in pictures with various colours.

At this stage they are not yet able to colour between the lines as their fine motor skills are still developing. They sing songs about the alphabet and numbers, but do not have actual comprehension of the meanings. This is the area where parents sometimes mistake the child’s ability to recite from memory with actual knowledge.


“Traumas, illness or wounds can hinder a child’s development. The child’s bad experiences are repressed and this repression of these unpleasant memories takes energy away from other activities. This will mean less energy for concentration. If any stage of development is left unfulfilled, the next step cannot be fulfilled. We cannot live for our children – we must allow them to do their own living! We must allow their wills to act on their own volition and not try to possess this developing will or crush it. Help the child to act for himself.

All children are urged by their very nature towards ‘normalisation’. Adult willpower and real possessiveness can push the child off course, because he is forced to work for outer goals set by adults instead of being able to direct himself according to his own inner voice.”

Quote from Dr. Montessori in ‘The Secret of Childhood’ first published in 1915.

Important Notes:

    • The gates of the school centre are open from 7.00 a.m. and close at 5.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. The gates close at 5.00 p.m. on a Friday.
    • If you have an emergency that delays the collection of your child, please call us.
    • Lessons start at 8.00 a.m. and end at 1.30 p.m. We do NOT offer aftercare.
    • We have Afternoon School for extra lessons for children from other schools.
    • Children from our school who wait for their transporters or their parents must bring their own food and wait quietly in the waiting areas to be fetched. There are 2 staff members alternating on duty each afternoon while they do their admin.
    • We do not have catering facilities at the school premises, so children are required to bring snacks and lunches for the time that they are at the school. We do provide porridge/cereal each morning at 8.00 a.m. We do assist children to mix instant noodles and to warm up leftovers from home for lunch.
    • Linmeyer Montessori Centre does not follow the same terms as the GDE Schools. We have 3 terms per school year.
    • The CAPS curriculum is followed as the basis of teaching. The Montessori approach is used in the teaching method.
    • Fees are to be paid in advance by the 1st of each month. If fees are in arrears and no arrangement is made and adhered to, the child is to stay home until fees are up to date. We are not subsidised and cannot offer credit. Fees can be paid in cash at the school (make sure a receipt is issued), or debit card swiped on PocketPos machine (make sure electronic receipt is received), or EFT to the bank accounts as listed. Please use the student’s name as reference when making payment.
    • Please note that fees are charged for the curriculum and not for the number of months your child attends school. There is no reduction in fees for late registration. There is however an additional Late Registration Fee to cover the disruption a late registration causes in the class. This applies specifically to term 1.
    • Ill children may NOT attend school and will be sent home! A child who has a fever, runny tummy or vomiting during the night may NOT attend school until 24 hours after the fever has subsided and the runny tummy and the vomiting ceased. We do not have clinic facilities, and it causes your child embarrassment to be ill in class.