Welcome to Learning Tree Montessori School

Why Montessori

Why would you opt for a Montessori school for your little one, when there are so many schools around you to choose from?

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Montessori Education

It is commonly misunderstood that ‘Montessori’ is just another name for nursery or kindergarten. In reality, the Montessori system

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Events

The Annual Concert was held on 24th March 2017. The children regaled the 1000-strong audience with song, drama and dance. See Gallery for Concert and Annual Report pictures.

Montessori Education

It is commonly misunderstood that ‘Montessori’ is just another name for nursery, kindergarten, play school or pre-kg. In reality, the Montessori system is a scientific form of education that has a philosophy with a defined process of teaching, using scientifically designed equipment.

Though more widely adopted for the age groups of 2 to 6, Montessori principles are equally applicable for higher age-groups.

Founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first lady physician in Italy, the Montessori Method places the learner at the center of the education process. It is based on the philosophy that the overall development of the student rests on giving the child freedom of choice within a structured environment.

Though education is a continuous process, the most crucial period of a child's development takes place between the ages of 2 and 6. The inputs received during this period are internalized by the child and play a major role in shaping the child's future.

The Montessori approach to teaching and learning can be summed up as follows:

  • Young children 'learn' in a unique way from birth to around 6 years. They do not have a language or a conscious will to learn like adults do. They have an “absorbent mind” whereby, using their senses, they unconsciously create their personality by absorbing from their environment. During the first phase, from birth to 3 years, they learn to walk, speak, gain control of their hands, and master their bodily functions. By about 3 years, they move into the period of conscious work or the conscious phase of the absorbent mind. Their fundamental need during this phase is freedom - freedom to move purposefully, freedom to choose, and freedom to concentrate. Their mantra is “Let Me Do It By Myself!”
  • There are certain "sensitive periods" of development (periods of a few months or even weeks), during which a child's mind is particularly open to learning specific skills or knowledge. The sensitive periods for order, movement, language and social interaction are particularly important. These skills are learned effortlessly and joyfully. Learning one of these skills outside of its corresponding sensitive period is certainly possible, but always difficult and frustrating for the child.
  • The Montessori classroom is called an “Environment”. It is a special child-oriented space that is designed to be academically supportive, physically comfortable, and emotionally secure. The special layout fosters independence. Children are the masters of their schoolroom environment and are given the tools and the responsibility to manage its upkeep.
  • The Montessori system is a highly hands-on approach to learning. Montessori activities require the use of the five senses, kinetic movement, motor coordination, and concrete knowledge, that later leads to abstract thinking. Every activity is complete in itself and is self-correcting. The materials are specific in design, conforming to exact dimensions. Each activity is designed to focus on a single skill, or concept.
  • Children are capable of self-directed learning. The teacher is an "observer" of the child instead of a lecturer. An on-going, continuous observation of the child interacting with his or her environment is the basis for presenting new material for learning new skills.
  • Children are not “forced” to learn a skill for which they are not ready. They are taught, instead, to choose their own activities and work in a focussed manner, on their chosen activity.
  • In a Montessori environment, children are perceived to be “working” rather than “playing”. Children have a need to experience and understand the world around them - this is serious business for them! What looks like “play” is for them work, which they enjoy. Therefore they are not to be disturbed while they are working at their development.
  • The hand is intimately connected to the developing brain in children. Children must actually touch the shapes, letters, temperatures, etc. that they are learning about – not just watch a teacher or a picture book.
  • Group activity interspersed with individual activity helps children to interact in a group, learn from one another and get used to a classroom situation.
  • Montessori activities for the age-group 2 ½ t0 6 center around 5 areas: Preliminary Activities, Exercises of Practical Life, Sensorial Activities, Language, and Mathematics. Cognitive, affective and social aspects are woven into each of these areas.

Olympiad

 

The English Olympiad results have been outstanding this year too. There were nine International first ranks, and many State Ranks too! Possibly the best performance among all schools in Chennai.

Latest Events

3rd Term Outings

The younger children went in two batches separately to Semmozhi Poonga and the Chetpet Eco Park for their 3rd term outings. The Nature Walks and the play areas were the main attractions.

Overnight Camp

The Overnight Camp was held on 27th Jan 2017. After school the children went to the VGP amusement park for an outing. This was followed by play and dinner and some more play in school well into the night, and a sleepover in school.

Pongal

Pongal was celebrated on 13th Jan 2017. The children came to school dressed in colourful traditional clothes. They set up large kolams and had some fun and games together.

Christmas

Christmas was celebrated in school on 21st December 2016, a day before the beginning of the vacation. Santa Claus visited all the three school locations and distributed gifts, to the delight of the children. The children, dressed in red and white clothes, sang carols for him and asked him some difficult questions! Celebrations were rounded off with a snack party. As is the custom, the children brought clothes, toys and eatables from home which were distributed to an orphanage.

Sports Day

Sports Day was held on 17th December 2016, in the morning. Daisy, Marigold and Orchid Houses competed for the House Championship, which was going neck to neck till the final stretch and ultimately won handsomely by Daisy. Marigold won the March Past. The 100m flat races, the House relays and Obstacle races were a treat to watch. The umbrella drill drew a huge cheer from the spectators. The Parent, sibling and alumni events rounded off an exciting day.

Onam

Onam was celebrated on 10 Sep 2016 with traditional gaiety. The children were busy collecting petals and setting up large flower kolams in their respective school locations.

Talent Day

Talent Day was held in the senior school on 14th November 2016, in which the older children showcased their recitation and drawing skills, and their mastery in talents like music, dance, yoga, skating, etc. It was quite a hectic day for the judges with so many events taking place simultaneously! The younger children celebrated Children's Day with games and were also entertained with a skit produced by their teachers.

1st term Outing and Project Day

The children went for their project-related outings on 5th August and 19th August 2016. The youngest ones to a Park, young ones to a Dairy Farm, and Classes 1-5 to the Theosophical Society Gardens for a nature walk. The subject of the Project was "Health". Project Day was held on 7th September 2016, when the children displayed their work.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day was held on 29th July 2016. About 230 grandparents attended. Entertainment by the children, fun games with grandparents and performances by grandparents made it a memorable day for all! laughing