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 Overnight Camp was held in the Neelankarai campus on 31 Jan 2020. A trip to VGP Universal Kingdom, playing in school at night, great food and sleeping in school capped an exciting day.

Art & Culture

Art and Craft Activities:

'Art and Craft' is not considered an 'extra-curricular' area at Learning Tree; it is integrated with learning in all the other areas. Children gain exposure to aesthetic principles even as they work on their motor coordination and number skills through selective colouring and painting. They enhance their active vocabulary even as they make patterns with clay, spray-paint, print, make collages, learn origami, or practice stringing and blotting. They explore the working of different implements as they use scissors,  punched design cards and needle-and-thread. Dramatics gives them the opportunity to develop their oratorical and  presentation skills. Regular music and dance classes offer rich scope for developing art appreciation and performance skills. Thus art and craft is woven into the fabric of the Learning Tree curriculum.

Cultural Activities:

Every year, the school organizes special events inside and outside school. These events too are dove-tailed into the developmental curve of our students. Our field trips are not one-off excursions, but the culmination of weeks of discussion centering around the place we visit. Our Annual Concert results in an exciting and fulfilling stage experience as well as learning in the areas of team-work, performance arts, music, time management, etc and concepts like conservation and human values. Apart from these, we also schedule Grandparents' Day, Project Days, an Overnight Camp, and celebrations at school for major festivals and cultural events such as Independence Day, Republic Day, Onam, Raksha Bandhan, Navarathri, Deepavali, Childrens' Day, Id,  Christmas and Pongal.

Age Group: 5 1/2 to 11 (and beyond..)

Transition to the Abstract Level: As children grow, they need advanced learning material and modes to continue along the path of their overall development. Accordingly, the curriculum for our 5 ½ to 11 year old children (Classes 1 to 5) caters to the unique needs of this age group, in keeping with the ICSE and CBSE syllabus requirements for this level.

English, Maths, Science, Hindi, and Tamil are taught as per ICSE and CBSE norms. The children also learn Computers as an additional subject.

Sensorial

This is the second area of activity in a Montessori environment. Learning Tree has a full range of educational material for the development of the senses. Starting with Cylinder Blocks and the Pink Tower, the children move through a series of "sensorial" activities to more complex ones like Stereognostic Bags, Binomial Cubes and Trinomial Cubes Through these activities the children learn concepts of length, area, volume, shape, colour, taste, smell, texture and sound.

Arithmetic

The Montessori method provides a solid foundation in Arithmetic with a range of equipment that emphasizes internalization of the mathematical concepts. Children start with Number Rods, Spindle Boxes and Golden Beads which introduce them to basic mathematical concepts. They later move on to other more advanced apparatus like Addition/Subtraction Boards, Multiplication/Division Boards and Fraction Circles, which allow the children to effortlessly bridge the gap from concrete to abstract. This area is especially fascinating as it takes children from counting and recognising numbers all the way to multiplication, division and computing with fractions. The entire process is supported by written and oral practice as appropriate.

Language

Language skills involve listening, speaking, reading and writing. In the Montessori method, a complete framework is available to bring about comprehensive development in these areas. Language is an area where Montessori children usually excel, perhaps because we take advantage of verbal ability to foster literacy, and do not force children into meaningless repetitions. The phonics method of instruction ensures that children become independent readers and writers very early in their literacy career. By the time they master the conventions of reading and writing, they have already developed a sound knowledge of the language systems. At Learning Tree, older children learn Hindi/Tamil in a Montessori-compliant fashion.

All language instruction is supported by the Montessori material as well as books, as appropriate.

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

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 with a visit to VGP Universal Kingdom, an entertainment park in Chennai, after school hours. 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 in school. It was a tiring but memorable day for the children.

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.

Annual Concert Mar 2019

The Annual Concert was held at Vivekananda Auditorium on 23rd March 2019. The children regaled the 1000 strong audience for 3 hours with songs, plays and dances. See Gallery for pictures.