CURRICULUM AND METHOD

 

Ambleside School of Durban offers a formal curriculum for students from Grade R to Grade 5, and an informal curriculum for pre-school and after-school care. 

Developed over 20 years by Ambleside Schools International, the curriculum is based on the philosophy and collected works of Charlotte Mason.

As the children mature, the curricula they encounter broadens and deepens, moving beyond fundamental skills to advanced works that prepares them to cultivate a rich intellectual life, regardless of their post-secondary paths.

 

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PROSPECTUS

PRE-GRADES

Play

Practical Life 

Foundation for Numbers

Foundation for Letters

Seasonal readings

Seasonal art

Recitation

Nature Study

Froebels

PRIMARY GRADES

Mathematics

Phonics

Grammer

Handwriting

Transcription/Dictation

Literature

Tales & Fables

Afrikaans

History

Science

Bible

Poetry 

Recitations

Composer Study

Picture Study

Nature Study

Handwork

Read Aloud

Body Conditioning

Art

Education is...

...A DISCIPLINE

Charlotte Mason understood – long before sophisticated imaging technology confirmed it – that the physical brain is shaped by its experiences.  Thus Ambleside teachers help students cultivate discipline in the form of habits proper to learning and mature living.  They work alongside families, equipping students to live full, satisfying lives and practicing the following habits:

Attention

Narration

Careful approach to work

Obedience to proper authority

Mature relationships with others

Critical thinking

Generous spirit

Reverence

Courtesy

Physical fitness

Moral fitness

...A DISCIPLINE

Charlotte Mason understood – long before sophisticated imaging technology confirmed it – that the physical brain is shaped by its experiences.  Thus Ambleside teachers help students cultivate discipline in the form of habits proper to learning and mature living.  They work alongside families, equipping students to live full, satisfying lives and practicing the following habits:

Attention

Narration

Careful approach to work

Obedience to proper authority

Mature relationships with others

Critical thinking

Generous spirit

Reverence

Courtesy

Physical fitness

Moral fitness

...AN ATMOSPHERE

Students are welcomed into an atmosphere of beauty and inspiration. Classroom furniture is the work of craftsmen.  Natural light filters into the classroom. Children observe birds feeding outside classroom windows. Walls display old masters’ works, wise sayings, maps of faraway places, and nature objects.

At Ambleside students encounter the past and present, the awe and wonder of science and mathematics, the frailty and nobility of humankind, the ebb and flow of life, and the relationships between authority and obedience.  And – free from the burden of competing for ranks, grades or prizes – they learn for the joy of learning.

 

Ambleside teachers cultivate an atmosphere that nurtures:

Joy and belonging

Relationships that include, rather than exclude

Culture that transcends fads

Pursuit of, and love for, knowledge

Wonder

Delight in work and in the struggle to grow

Effort and enjoyment of effort’s fruit

Rigor, challenge, and an opportunity to meet mind to mind

Variety in work, conversation and focus

...A DISCIPLINE

Charlotte Mason understood – long before sophisticated imaging technology confirmed it – that the physical brain is shaped by its experiences.  Thus Ambleside teachers help students cultivate discipline in the form of habits proper to learning and mature living.  They work alongside families, equipping students to live full, satisfying lives and practicing the following habits:

Habits of Attention

Habits of Thinking

Habits of Imagining

Habits of Remembering

Habits of Obedience to Proper

Authority

Habits of Careful Approach to

Work and Perfect Excecution

Habits of a Generous spirit

Habits of Truthfulness

Habits of Courtesy

Habits of physical fitness

...A LIFE

Charlotte Mason believed that minds are nourished when they engage ideas – the best thought of the best minds.  These life-giving ideas exist in the “thought atmosphere” that surrounds students; they breathe these ideas as their bodies breathe life-giving air.

 

Today much of what passes as education is actually data and technique, assessed by quizzes and tests.  Real learning happens when students engage novelists, poets, philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, historians, and explorers.  Real learning happens when students wonder, ask why, and see how.  Minds need ideas to grow. Ideas are the seeds in the child’s mind. As they germinate, others emerge, and a whole crop springs up from just one morning’s sowing.

  

Living books and living things

“Worthy thought and worthy work”

Times of silence and reflection

Narration and discussion that promote assimilation of ideas

WHERE WE ARE

Northern Suburbs, Durban

South Africa

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