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Why
Montessori?

Encourage Curiosity

“To assist a child, we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”

-Dr Maria Montessori

Educator and Physician

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ontessori education places emphasis on a child’s independence, social development and natural interests. Devised by Italian educator and physician Dr Maria Montessori following years of research, it provides a totally immersive learning environment that stimulates the mind and encourages curiosity.
Dr Montessori recognised that a child’s early years – what she called their ‘sensitive period’ – was critical when it came to education. As a result, she created a framework based on six defining principles: freedom, structure and order, beauty, nature and reality, social environment, and intellectual environment.

Freedom to Discover

“I do think I benefited from the Montessori education which in some ways gives students a lot more freedom to do things at their own pace, to discover.”

- Sergey Brin

Co-founder

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s a firm believer that education should be ‘an aid to life’, she saw that teaching children how to learn was of equal importance to what they learn. By moving away from the constraints of traditional education, a child chooses from a range of carefully pre-prepared activities that allow them to develop at their own pace in a collaborative environment, one that nurtures peace, self-belief and a respect for others.
The focus is on self-discovery and hands-on learning that engages the senses and helps a child to understand basic skills and their environment in a much more connected way. Whilst the emphasis is on uninterrupted, concentrated work a directress will guide a child and ask what they are learning. This helps to develop the skills of reasoning, logic and expression that could cover a range of subject matter from construction and science to maths and art.

Independent Thinking

“Why encourage a child to be average when you can give them the space and freedom to excel in what they are good at and enjoy.

-Dawn McLachlan

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ncouraging independent thinking, the directress does not physically intervene when a child is carrying out a task. They learn even if something does not turn out quite as expected. This allows the child to appreciate the whole process, to solve problems and make decisions – essential skills if they are to grow into healthy, capable adults.
Indeed, those who have had a Montessori education praise it as being an important factor in their success including Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. For parents considering if Montessori is the best fit for their child, it offers a glimpse of what is possible in the right learning environment and given the opportunity to excel.

Montessori FAQs

What are the benefits of a Montessori school?
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The focus is on independent thinking and learning in an environment that encourages your child’s natural curiosity and inner genius to shine through. This takes place in a supportive environment, guided by a directress to ensure that your child develops both intellectually and socially.
What is a directress?
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A directress is a ‘teacher’ except that they guide a child to develop, for example, their reasoning, logic, self-awareness, creativity ,problem-solving and decision-making skills. It goes much further than simply‘telling’ a child a piece of information, to helping them discover and explore the answers for themselves. These are valuable life skills that are not taught under traditional methods.
Do Montessori schools follow a curriculum?
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Montessori schools cover the same basic skills as a traditional school, but it takes a holistic approach to learning. While studying construction, for instance, your child may learn about maths, science and language. This teaches them how everything interrelates and helps them to understand the world and how it works better than artificially separating out language, maths, writing and so on into different lessons. It allows them to be totally immersed in a task, engaging their sense of curiosity and discovery.
How many children will be in a class?
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There will be between 12 and 20 children in a class at anyone time. This allows your child to develop their social skills in a small community.
How are structure and order kept in the classroom?
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The Montessori discipline reflects the structure and order found in the real world and is, therefore, better than in a traditional classroom. This helps your child quickly understand and make sense of their environment.
How does a Montessori school deal with discipline?
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As the Montessori school is child-centred as opposed to a traditional adult-led environment, children are much more immersed in their activities. A major part of their learning is self-discipline, self-respect and a respect for others, so such issues rarely occur.
How will my child learn if they can do what they want?
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It is because your child can choose an activity that engages them which results in greater motivation to learn. Subjects such as maths, writing and social skills can be developed through the activity itself. This makes it more meaningful to the child and if anything, easier to absorb and understand.
It is also important to remember that your child will be working in a prepared environment – one which has predefined activities to choose from. They have all been carefully created to help your child learn all the basic skills and more.  
Will my child work on activities only or will there be time for play?
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The very nature of Montessori is based on learning through play. In fact, your child will find it a joyful experience, one that ignites their natural curiosity. This is more likely to have a positive influence on their approach to learning for the rest of their life.  
Will my child fall behind if they are encouraged to work at their own pace?
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A Montessori directress is there to observe your child closely to see how they naturally learn. They are never on their own and will be guided over time with activities that help your child build on what they have already accomplished. It is important that your child has mastery at each level before moving onto the next stage – pushing them ahead too quickly is what really causes children to “fall behind”.
If my child gets used to the Montessori environment, will they struggle at a traditional school?
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This is very unlikely. Most children go on to do very well in different learning environments, stimulated by their own genuine joy of learning and mastery of any subject matter they choose. If anything, it places them in a better position because they can bring a cross-discipline perspective to their studies.
Does the school use technology to teach children?
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Montessori is very much about immersive hands-on activity rather than children using computer screens. This way they better understand the relationships between activities and their real-world environment –something which is harder to obtain by looking or tapping on a screen.  
Is The Bilingual Montessori School of Jersey accredited?
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We are looking to gain full Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) accreditation. However, it is only possible once the accreditors can observe us in action. We will be affiliated with The Bilingual Montessori School of Paris to achieve this. Rest assured that all staff will be trained and accredited as Montessori directresses from day one. Our learning environment has also been developed in consultation with the highly acclaimed and accredited Bilingual Montessori School in Paris. Your child’s care and education are important and we respect that.

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