International Montessori Schools – Paoli
Pre-Primary (18 months through 3 years)
At this stage language development is actively pursued and it is imperative that your child is surrounded by rich and stimulating conversation. An 18 month old child, trying to blow bubbles, might be encouraged with “Blow! Can you make the air move just like the wind?” The toddler’s mind absorbs the new vocabulary, which plants the seeds for reading, writing and self- expression in the future.
Our bright and sunny toddler classrooms are designed for children ages 18 to 36 months. It is a world scaled down to your child’s size. Here your child paints, cooks, waters the garden, sweeps with miniature brooms, washes dishes and plays with materials that develop fine and gross motor coordination.
“Help me to do it by myself”. Very young children working toward independence in eating, dressing and toileting are really working toward what they want to do. We take each child as an individual, allowing them to go at his or her own pace, to achieve their independence.
Making new friends and learning how to function within a classroom community is a life shaping experience for your child. Children emerge from the toddler program with strong friendships and confidence, ready to thrive in our Primary setting.
Primary (3-6 years)
International Montessori School’s Primary program provides a rich, hands-on educational experience with didactic Montessori materials that develop concentration, coordination, independence, self-discipline and problem solving skills. Our dedicated, Montessori certified lead teachers and assistant teachers guide children through a specifically targeted curriculum designed for each individual child’s needs to reach his own full potential. Our faculty fosters the process of self-creation by providing an environment in which each child can develop independently at his or her own pace while still refining social, physical, intellectual and emotional skills. The children learn through doing, experiencing the joy of individual discovery and mastery. An essential aspect of Montessori Education and IM Schools mission is developing awareness of the interrelatedness of all life and humanity’s responsibilities toward it. To this end we have created rich cultural, science and geography areas and materials in addition to our Montessori materials. Through Music and Movement, Yoga, Art, foreign language study and sports clubs, children are involved in community development in addition to the individual uninterrupted work period. Our Primary students also participate in a peace education program, learning to listen actively, communicate positively, and create compromise and solutions.
Students are required to be 3 years old as of September 1st of the Academic year they are joining, and fully toilet-trained to enter this program.
Elementary Program (1st-4th grade)
Montessori Elementary is a program that grows out of respect for the mind of a rapidly developing child. No longer content to have physical independence (accomplished in the 3-6 age class), the child now strives toward intellectual independence.They will study continents, cultures, scientific concepts and great literature. The carefully developed curriculum guides the child through identifying, classifying and researching all the concepts of each area of study. The areas of Practical Life, Language, Math, Geometry, Botany, Zoology, Geography and History are all represented in the classroom. Children in the Elementary Classroom keep a record of their work in the form of a work plan. Keeping track of their work helps them make good work choices and lets the teacher see which presentations are done and which are still needed.
An Elementary Montessori Classroom is a warm community; a multi-age, stimulating environment with highly trained teachers and materials that invite exploration and research. Children learn to face challenges with confidence and begin to find their own place in the world around them.