What is Montessori?

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For over a century now, Montessori Education, a child-focused, scientific-based approach, has been revolutionizing children's education around the globe through:

  • Self-directed activity
  • Hands-on learning
  • Collaboration and community building

Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952),an Italian physician and educator, the Montessori pedagogy (or philosophy) embraces a child-centered approach that encourages:

  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Independence

TIMES Montessori encourages your child to learn at their own pace with the support and careful observation of teachers and classmates in a caring environment. This gives your child the confidence, knowledge, and tools to reach their full potential as independent, critical-thinking adults.

The Essence of Montessori Education:

Montessori education believes that every child:

  • Is a unique individual
  • Has immense potential
  • Loves to learn
  • Desires to be engaged

And so, our expert teachers guide your child through learning by connecting them with their environment and showing them how to use scientifically developed materials that fit their specific needs and pace. 

Our Montessori classrooms are intentionally created to provide:

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Self-directed activity:

Through careful observation and understanding, teachers connect each child to the material that meets their needs for learning. Then students choose their activities and engage in further learning experiences based on their interests, needs, and abilities. This deeper engagement encourages internal discipline, motivation, and a life-long love of learning.

Hands on learning

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Hands-on learning:

Each classroom has specially designed learning materials for children to explore concepts tangibly and interactively, promoting a deeper understanding and knowledge retention.

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Collaborative play:

By having the choice to work individually or in groups, children cultivate solid social skills and a sense of community. They learn to communicate, cooperate, and respect one another while maintaining their independence.

The Montessori Classroom Experience

A Montessori classroom is a unique, inviting space crafted carefully to foster:

  • Exploration
  • Independence
  • Self-discovery
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Within this nurturing environment, you'll find:

  • Children working individually or in small groups, deeply immersed in their activities.
  • Children learn at their own pace and through their own experience.
  • Specially designed learning materials that cater to different developmental stages and learning styles.
  • Teachers act as guides, observing and supporting each child's learning journey.
  • An atmosphere of respect for oneself, others, and the environment.

Every aspect of our Montessori classrooms supports your child's development, matching their natural interests to the available activities. Children respond to the natural curiosities in all of us, empowering them to become confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed individuals. We focus on the whole child.

Montessori Teachers as Guides

In Montessori classrooms, respect for each individual child's development is paramount. Instead of a one-lesson-fits-all approach, our environment adopts a "follow the child" approach. So, each child receives a personalized education based on careful observation and a keen understanding of individual development.

Unlike traditional education, teachers guide students rather than directly instruct. Montessori education allows your child to:

  • Explore their interests.
  • Follow their curiosity.
  • Take risks and expand their horizons.
  • Choose their own activities.
  • Progress at their own pace.

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Montessori teachers inspire a world of possibilities by guiding students with respect and attentiveness to learn uniquely and at their own pace. Teachers embrace their roles as guides through observation.

Montessori teachers attentively observe each student to further their understanding of the student's interests and abilities. The teacher uses this information to:

  • Encourage students' interests
  • Navigate their educational journey by working to expand their understanding
  • Connect the child with new materials

This innovative teaching approach paves the way for a more independent and tailored learning experience. It gives the child the tools they need to be in control and self-motivated in their education.

Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

There are many things which no teacher can convey to a child of three, but a child of five can do it with ease.

Maria Montessori

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Montessori classrooms combine children of different ages to learn together (3 - 6 years old). This setting encourages students to:

  1. Unlock Academic Excellence:
    Mixed-age classrooms allow children to learn from each other, working at their own pace and re-exploring materials at different levels.
  2. Boost Social Skills:
    Through watching older students interact and embrace mentor roles, your child develops social skills like sharing, helping, and empathizing.
  3. Encourage Emotional Well-being:
    Your child can focus their learning on discovery instead of competition and comparison.
  4. Build Self-Confidence:
    Older children become role models and develop leadership skills by mentoring younger classmates. The older children become classroom leaders and solidify their understanding of the concept or material through guiding younger children with activities.
  5. Foster Stability and Belonging:
    The 3-year cycle in Montessori classrooms encourages solid relationships and a sense of community as children build connections with peers. Teachers develop a deeper understanding of each child and their interests and development.
  6. Offer Real-World Experience:
    Mixed-age classrooms mirror real life, where interactions span age groups and backgrounds. This exposure prepares children for a diverse and ever-evolving world.


The Benefits of Montessori Education

Montessori offers a unique and holistic approach to education that nurtures our child's curiosity.

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  1. Embracing Key Developmental Stages:
    Montessori focuses on your child's developmental milestones. Our curriculum, classroom, and learning materials support and nurture their developmental potential.
  2. Fostering Social Development & Community:
    Montessori classrooms encourage community and respect among mixed-age groups. Children learn from one another, teach one another, and problem-solve together.
  3. Empowering Your Child for a Brighter Future:
    Studies show that Montessori-educated students excel in creativity, social adjustment, and adaptability. These are skills that will help them thrive in an ever-changing world.
  4. Cultivating Self-Assessment and Intrinsic Motivation:
    As self-directed learners, each child evaluates their own work and develops a passion for deeper understanding. Your child gains critical self-correction and self-assessment skills.
  5. Nurturing a Lifelong Passion for Learning:
    Montessori education instills a deep-rooted love for learning, propelling your child through life. Children find joy in learning, maintaining their curiosity and eagerness to explore the world and its people as they mature.

By allowing children to follow their interests and take control of their learning, Montessori education fosters a sense of independence from an early age. By choosing Montessori, we help our children become lifelong learners and compassionate individuals ready to make a positive difference.

Will Montessori Prepare My Child for College?

Through a century of careful observation and scientific implementation, Montessori education develops a love of learning that drives children and young adults towards goals such as attending college, university, and becoming conscientious global citizens. Being a self-directed and independent learner is vital when entering a university where teachers do not follow students closely.

Famous alumni include Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, and Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos is so supportive of the teaching methods that he has pledged $1 billion to Montessori preschools in under-resourced locations.