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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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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.

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Presently vacancies are available for the posts of Dance Teacher and Admin AssistantClick Here to submit an Online Job Application Form. If shortlisted, you may also be required to participate in an online interview.

Pre-School Rankings

Learning Tree has been ranked 4th in Chennai for the 3rd year in succession in the preschool rankings for 2019 released by Education World in December 2019. The Times of India in a separate survey published in Jan 2019 has ranked Learning Tree 2nd among preschools in South Chennai.

 

Latest Events

Annual Concert Mar 2020

The Annual Concert was held at Vivekananda Auditorium in March 2020. The children regaled the 1000 strong audience for 3 hours with songs, plays and dances.

Olympiads and Competions Jan 2020

The Olympiad results for this academic year were outstanding this year too. The school had 6 international top 30 rankers in the Math Olympiad, 3 in the English Olympiad and 1 in the Science Olympiad. Medals, prizes and certificates were awarded to these and other high-performing students.

Overnight Camp Jan 2020

The Overnight Camp was held on 31st January 2020 in the Neelankarai campus. It began after school hours with a visit to the entertainment park VGP Universal Kingdom. The exciting rides there thrilled the children. This was followed by games in school, music, dance, dinner and finally a lot of chatting till bedtime. It was a tiring but memorable day for the children.

The younger children had an outing to Guindy Park.

Golu-Diwali-Christmas Oct to Dec 2019

Golu was celebrated in October 2019 with setting up of the Golu stand on which the children displayed their favourite toys from home. Visiting parents were greeted by children in their ethnic clothes.

Diwali was celebrated with the setting up of colourful rangolis and lighting diyas in school.

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.

Talent Day Nov 2019

Talent Day was held on Children's Day, 14th November 2019. Each child displayed his or her special talent in a chosen area of music, dance, skating, martial arts, yoga, story-telling, drawing, etc. It was a fascinating day for all, and an inspiring day for the children.

2nd term outings Nov-Dec 2019

The older children visited the Lotte India factory near Chennai on 7 Nov 2019 for their second term outing. They were given an overview of chocolate making and then taken round the factory to see how the famous Choco Pie was made. The younger children spend a morning in the Guindy Park and the Gundy Snake Park on 11th December for their outing

Project Day 4 Sep 2019

Project Day was held on 4th September 2019 on the topic "Zero Waste", when the children displayed their project work of the last six weeks on the 5 Rs - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replace. Each topic was studied in great detail, and activities on Reusing, Reclycling and Replacing were displayed in charts, models and craft work. There was even a book exchange counter where the children were allowed to bring books from home and exchange them with books brought in by other children - an example of Replacing. And there was also a period of 6 weeks where the children made it a point not to waste any lunch or snack in school.

First Term Outings Aug/Sep 2019

The older children visited The Organic Farm, Nerkunampatti, about 80km from Chennai on 2nd August 2019. This was a part of their project on Zero Waste. They observed how the farm naturally recycles animal and plant waste, and also the zero waste activities practiced at the farm. They were also introduced to phyto-remediation techniques to recycle waste water. The younger children visited the Infinity Park in Santhome and the Traffic Island on Marina Beach on 22 August 2019.

Grandparents Day Jul 2019

Grandparents Day was was held on 26th July 2019. Over 200 grandparents attended an event filled with fun, games and performances by children and grandparents.