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What is Montessori?

Why choose Montessori?

Providing a foundation that nurtures self-confidence, lifelong prosperity, and independence – That’s the power of Montessori method!

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“The child’s conquest of independence begins with his first introduction to life. While he is developing, he perfects himself and overcomes every obstacle that he finds in his path.” – Dr MARIA MONTESSORI

The Montessori Method

For over a century now, Dr Maria Montessori’s child-oriented approach to education has been transforming settings across the globe. One step into a Montessori setting, and you’ll immediately see the difference. The settings are easily recognisable, with children working independently or among groups, often using specially designed learning materials, deeply engaged in the process, and respectful to themselves and their surroundings.

The miracle of childhood lies in the boundless potential that lies within each child, waiting to be unlocked and unleashed. Montessori takes this to heart, recognizing the unique ability of children to realise that potential in their own way.

Our approach honours and encourages this inner drive by offering children an endless array of meaningful choices and tools that spark their creativity and fuel their curiosity. Our aim is to observe and understand each child, providing a nurturing environment that empowers them to become increasingly self-sufficient, confident and capable, as they craft their own story.

The Montessori Method is focused on facilitating rigorous, self-motivated growth for children in all areas relating to their development. This includes the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical realms.

Montessori education is child-led, self-paced, and guided, assessed, and enriched by expert and caring educators, the guidance of their peers, and a supportive environment. Children passionately embrace the multi-sensory learning opportunities and enjoy exploring areas of interest at their own speed, taking the necessary time to completely grasp each concept, and satisfying individualised learning goals.

Provided with the freedom and encouragement to question, explore deeply, and forge connections, Montessori children become confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners, accountable to themselves and their community. They operate with critical thinking, collaborate effectively.

Montessori is an approach that meets key developmental goals that modern parents aim for their children, including the development of capable individuals with a strong sense of self, the capacity to connect meaningfully with others, and potential productivity throughout their lifetimes. With Montessori, this growth starts at an early stage. The early years (birth to the age of 6) are a vital time to establish a firm foundation for the individual’s future role and sense of self.

Prepared Environment

The Montessori environment is carefully designed to nurture a child’s independence and self-confidence, and create a welcoming world of beauty, order, and enriching values. It’s a world where children can learn to meet their own needs seamlessly – feeding themselves, cleaning up, and trusting themselves.

The Montessori environment features a simplified, beautiful space tailored for children’s exploration with child-friendly furniture, uniquely structured tools, and implementing logically organised materials on reachable shelves to foster consistent practice for practical life skills and care of the class environment.

Thoughtfully crafted educational resources

Montessori classrooms are lovingly designed to harness children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn. The carefully curated materials empower little ones to build foundational skills in motor control, literacy, maths and more—step by step, with a smile on their faces.

Montessori materials work by:

  • Sparking curiosity for optimal concentration
  • Presenting skills at an appropriate level, ensuring mastery
  • Encouraging self-correction through accessible feedback
  • Offering accelerated learning opportunities beyond traditional curriculums

One to one guidance

At Montessori, directresses (practitioners) develop close personal connections with each child, nurturing their innate curiosity to create a sense of wonder about nature and the surrounding world. With this focus on each child’s unique development, teachers are able to create a community of mixed-aged peers that provides a supportive, inspiring, and celebratory environment.

At Montessori, directresses (practitioners) observe each child carefully to assess their unique developmental progress and needs. Giving one-on-one and engaging attention, directresses connect children with materials, and help each child reach their full potential. The outcome is a setting culture that enables each child to concentrate, learn and grow.

A child is free to make their own choices

To honour every child’s unique abilities and enthusiasm towards knowledge, the Montessori learning environment offers boundless scope to take charge of their education. A child is free to make their own choices, set up their materials on a table or mat, and practice for as long as they want to attain perfection. In Montessori classrooms, children are at ease to explore, move around, and work together with their peers. By focusing on materials of their choosing, children direct their journey towards proficiency. Not only do they improve their persistence skills with effort, but they also gain self-confidence in their decision-making ability.

Montessori education yields children who thrive on their own, triumphantly gaining independence and confidence. It’s empowering to watch them approach their own learning with excitement and pride, building the foundation for success, joy, and a fulfilling life.

“Every little mind is unique and develops at their own pace – it’s essential to understand that not all will learn the same concepts together. Education must meet each child where they are. Montessori education encourages children to take on new and ever-challenging concepts that they have mastered – it allows them to build their foundation of knowledge. By not forcing those who may need more time or focusing solely on speed learners, each child can develop at a rate suitable for them. Furthermore, when the basics have been established, there is no point in dwelling on laborious repetition – which can lead to boredom and disengagement from a subject matter, therefore allowing motivation within children to be empowered.”

More on the intentionally prepared environment we offer for all age groups

At Blooming Tulips Montessori, we cater 0 to 5 years old little adventurers, nurturing their development with authentic passion for education through a child-centered approach.

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For infants ages 12 weeks to 16 months old (Nido)

In Italian, a Montessori space designed for infants is called nido, which means “nest.” The space expresses all the warmth, love and attachment from the womb. A serene ambience for little ones to feel at ease and snug. It provides a nurturing space for infants aged 12 weeks to 16 months old. Our trained educators care for the little one’s every developmental whimper, aiding their journey to independence while warmly observing their growth and inquisitive explorations.

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For children ages 16 months to 2.5-3 years old (Toddler)

From their newfound independence to remarkable achievements of physical movement, communication, problem-solving ability and social interactions, children between the ages of 16 months and 2.5-3 years thrive during a crucial developmental phase. Our Toddler program nurtures and maximises their potential, providing a compassionate and supportive environment for our youngest learners.

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For children ages 2.5-3 to 5 years old (Children’s House)

Our scientifically-designed, carefully crafted program for young ones aged 2.5-3 to 5, focuses on developing knowledge, confidence and social skills. They’ll direct their own activities, building knowledge, confidence, and social skills. Our educator’s gentle encouragement helps the children to utilise all the available materials, to explore practical life activities, geography and mathematics. Our aim is to nourish young minds and encourage growth in a compassionate and nurturing environment.

Parents, Let’s work together!

“Your child is a unique individual with boundless potential and possibilities. By working together, we can unlock the doors to a life full of excitement and fulfilment. We can inspire young learners to embrace a life-long love for knowledge. From thinking mathematically to creating masterpieces, let’s nurture your child’s unique potential. Help your child to discover their capabilities and build deep personal values that will serve them well through adulthood. Let’s help them become unstoppable forces of good in the world. Together we can do this!” Dilia Bas