Pre-Primary School

Learning is a natural process and spontaneously occurs in children. Understanding this, led us at Jam ’Eyyatul Qurra’, to combine the proven Montessori system with the tested memorizing methodology of Sh. Yusuf Booley, to develop a balanced individual.

Overview

Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’ Pre-Primary Montessori and Hifth School was established in 2008. We treat children as individuals, where the child is assessed and observed daily through their work. All staff are trained and qualified to work with the learners aged 2 ½ to 6 yrs.

Grade 0 – The teacher to learner ratio is 1:10
Grade R – The teacher to learner ratio is 1:13

At the Montessori Pre-Primary School, we have two objectives. Firstly, to allow each child to experience the excitement of learning through choice. Secondly, to help the child to develop their skills for learning. Children can learn to read, write and calculate in the same natural way that they learn to walk and talk. We also teach our children to recite the Holy Quran with proper pronunciation and Tajweed. We use the Yasarnul Quraan part 1 & 2, before moving on to inside reading of the Holy Quran and finally, once fluent, to memorize the Holy Quran.

With the Grace of Allah and the proven methodologies, your child would receive the best of both worlds, being able to read and write in English as well as reciting the Holy Quran. This makes Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’ a unique experience for any child.

The environment

  • We offer a combination of Montessori and mainstream methods in our teaching.
  • Beautiful eco-friendly classrooms and grounds.
  • Small personal classes with a maximum of 20 children per class.
  • Safe, convenient parking and drop and go facilities.

Our classrooms are equipped with Montessori teaching apparatus. Our classrooms can accommodate 20 children, each with a qualified Directress and Mualima. We have a large grass play area which includes a jungle gym, sandpit, trampoline and various other play and exercise equipment.

Curriculum

Academic

Practical life in Montessori is a purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment. These activities benefit the child because it develops control of movement and hand-eye coordination that form the basis for writing and cognitive skills. They are a series of fine motor skills that include basic practical life exercises such as pouring, spooning, transferring, lacing, buttoning, carrying equipment, washing hands, caring for the environment (sweeping, wiping a mat, watering plants), and so on.

Sensorial materials are used in the Montessori classroom to help a child develop and refine his or her five senses. These activities are used to help children in discrimination and order. They also help broaden and refine a child’s senses. When a child combines Montessori designed materials with sensorial work, it helps them become more logical, perceptive, and aware of the surroundings around them. Like many other materials in the Montessori classroom, sensorial materials have what is called “control of error”, meaning that the child not only works with the material, but has a way to check their work rather than seeking out the teacher/directress if they have a question on whether or not they did it right. This is done to help promote independence and problem solving on the part of the child.

Language is a system of symbols with an agreed upon meaning that is used by a group of people. Language is a means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sounds and signs, thus, being the spoken and written language. When the child arrives in the Montessori classroom, he has fully absorbed his culture’s language. He has already constructed the spoken language and with his entry into the classroom, he will begin to consolidate the spoken language and begin to explore the written forms of language. The child will need to be spoken to and listened to often. They will need a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation. Most importantly, the child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.

The math curriculum is one of the best examples of the unique beauty of Montessori materials. They use concrete materials to introduce abstract concepts and give a sequential understanding of mathematical concept. By means of the Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial activities, children experience the concepts of order, sequence, measurement, calculations, and exactness. In order to fully advance the developing mathematical mind, Montessori teachers and parents acquaint the child with order and exactness by the intentional way we set up and organize the shelves and trays and how work is laid out on a work mat in the Montessori environment. Work is displayed in a progressive and sequential fashion and each activity is broken down into logical and sequential steps.
The activities heighten the child’s awareness of the mathematical relationships found in the natural world.

Montessori cultural activities for the preschool level typically include geography, history, general science, botany and zoology, music, and art. 

Islamic

Added to our curriculum is our unique Islamic programme which includes Arabic, Fiqh, Seerah, Tauheed and Adaab which is taught according to grade level. Recitation is done on a daily basis and individual time is set for each child according to their level of development. We use the Yassarnal Quran Part 1 and 2 for identifying and mastering the concepts that will enable the learner to read the Quran fluently.

Extra murals

We offer extra mural activities that are facilitated by outside service providers. All these activities are being done during school hours but not during contact time with the teacher or maulima.

Tuesday: Curious Cubs  (science experiments)
Wednesdays – Soccer Stars
Thursdays- Karate
Fridays – Action Ball

Our extramural programme is not compulsory on learners. This makes every activity a meaningful and fun experience for everyone involved. The staff and designated service providers are determined to keep the extramural programme running smoothly and as exciting as possible.

Facilities

Several facilities are found on the property: Library, Auditorium, Intervention room, Astro Turf

School times

Mondays – Thursdays: 8h00 – 12h45 (Grade 0) and 7h50 – 13h30 (Grade R)
Fridays: 8h00 – 11h00 (Grade 0) and 7:50 – 11:00 (Grade R)
Aftercare offered from 12:45 – 15: 00 ONLY from a Monday to a Thursday

Male Hifth Institute

Tel: 021 703 9324
Email: mhi@jeq.co.za

Female Hifth Institute

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: fhi@jeq.co.za

Pre-Primary School

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: pps@jeq.co.za

Preparatory School

Tel: 021 007 3368
Email: pps@jeq.co.za

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