Little Bees Montessori Preschool is a registered school with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as an ECD Centre. It is the only registered Montessori school in Zvishavane. It caters for children from the age of 18 months to 7 years following the Montessori model of teaching. It is situated in the Zvishavane town of Eastlea suburb on a quarter of an acre piece of land. Since 2017, Little Bees Montessori Preschool has offered local children an opportunity to discover the world through multi-sensorial exploration. It is based upon the discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori and the belief that children, if given freedom and guidance in surroundings that are safe, orderly and within reach, will seek knowledge and learn while building self-reliance and discipline. With a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:10 the school has 6 classrooms and a 250m² of playground, a rabbit cage, fowl run and garden for the children. This year saw it enrolling its first Grade 1 class.
ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM:
In all Little Bees Montessori Preschool classrooms, mixed age groups and multi-levels work together for the benefit of every student. A “hands-on” curriculum in a prepared, directed environment is proven to encourage students to advance at their own pace and explore learning without limits from external factors. Additionally, all senses are engaged in the learning process, not just sight and sound.
• Focus on Creativity
Creativity in all facets of learning is encouraged. Academic programs are specifically designed to include creative processes. Focus is always on “total child development,’” not just academic achievement. • Child based curriculum
Students work as long as they need/want to on chosen projects. Guided by their Directress, they set their own learning pace and identify errors through feedback from materials. All learning and skill development is reinforced through repetition of activity and internal feelings of success. Children can work where they are comfortable and are encouraged to move and talk at will (without disruption to other students). Group work is voluntary.
• An Ideal environment
Little Bees environment is calm and nurturing. The teacher’s role is unobtrusive, and the student actively participates in learning. Children are encouraged to internalise information and knowledge and develop self-directed learning skills.
• Parental Participation Is Encouraged
Organised programs, specifically designed for the parents to understand and participate in the Montessori learning process, are offered regularly. Parents are encouraged to actively take part in their child’s education