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 older children visited Dakshinachitra on 26 Oct 2018 for their second term outing. They took part in some traditional activities like block printing and pot making, and were also treated to a magic show.

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.

Pre-School Rankings

Learning Tree has been ranked 4th in Chennai in the preschool rankings for 2017 recently released by Education World. The rankings were published in the December 2017 issue of Education World and by The Times of India, and the awards were presented at a glittering ceremony in Bangalore. The Times of India in a separate survey published in Jan 2018 has ranked Learning Tree 2nd among preschools in South Chennai.

Latest Events

Talent Day Nov 2018

Talent Day was held on 14th November 2018, when the children displayed their varied talents in dancing, singing, skating, martial arts, yoga, musical instruments, story telling, drawing, etc. It was a fascinating day for all. The teachers too put up a dance performance for the children.

Golu and Diwali Oct 2018

Golu and Diwali were celebrated with much joy. The children displayed their most favourite toys for the Golu display, and received visitors in traditional style. They also visited the Durga Puja pandal in Besant Nagar. Diwali too was celebrated with lighting of lamps and making Rangolis.

Project Day 5 Sep 2018

Project Day was held on 5th November 2018 on the topic "Wonders of Science", when the children displayed their experiments of the last six weeks on diverse topics in environmental science, botany, chemistry and physics. Hands on work on composting, germination, boiling, steaming, preservatives, rainwater harvesting, heat, light, friction, sound, gravity, liquids, gases, solids, etc. made it a very exciting display by the children.

First Term Outings Aug/Sep 2018

The older children visited The Farm on 10th August 2018. They saw hens, cows and horses being reared, and also picked vegetables. They had a hand at digging and sieving mud. The younger children visited Guindy Park on 7th September.

Grandparents Day Jul 2018

Grandparents Day was was held on 27th July 2018. Over 200 grandparents attended an event filled with fun, games and performances by children and grandparents.

Annual Concert Mar 2018

The Annual Concert was held on 24th March 2018. The hall was jam-packed with a 1000 strong audience, applauding an entertaining performance by the children. See Gallery for pictures.

Overnight Camp Jan 2018

The Overnight Camp was held on 19th January 2018. It began with a visit to the VGP Amusement Park after school hours, followed by games in school, dinner and chatting till bedtime. It was a memorable day for the children.

Olympiads Jan 2018

The English Olympiad results have been outstanding this year too. Four children were ranked within the top 10 international ranks, and another four in the top 50.

In the Science Olympiad one child was ranked 3rd internationally, and another was in the top 30.

Christmas Dec 2017

Christmas was celebrated with a Christmas Party in school complete with a visit from Santa Claus who distributed gifts for the children. This was also a day of giving, when children gifted toys, clothes, books, food, etc. for an orphan home in Chennai.