Montessori

Program Overview

Montessori International School of Bellevue is a busy and exciting learning environment designed to meet the needs of Preschool age children. Your child will be encouraged to explore a wide variety of age-appropriate, hands-on activities; all at his or her own pace. Our philosophy is based on Maria Montessori’s principles for early care and education.

We believe that children grow and learn in a warm, nurturing, and well-organized environment. Our teachers are sensitive and respectful to each child’s individuality and encourage each child to develop a joyful confidence with which to explore our constantly changing world. We welcome a multicultural community of families and are committed to supporting this diversity in all areas of our early childhood program.

A relationship of mutual respect and support between parents and teachers promotes a positive environment for children.

Practical Life

The exercises in practical life provide familiar activities that are commonly experienced at home. These exercises fall in the following categories: Care for oneself, care for the environment, food preparation, and lessons on grace and courtesy. These tasks enable the children to develop independence, concentration, and motor coordination.

 

Sensorial Exercises

Young children perceive the world through their senses. To examine an object, they use their hands to feel its texture and shape, smell, shake it, and even taste it. The sensorial equipment helps develop and refine their senses-to order, categorize, and isolate defining qualities such as color, size, shape, texture, weight, sound, and smell.

 

IMG_5055_2Language Arts

Pre-language skills develop focus, concentration, self-expression, reading patterns, and muscular control for handwriting. These skills are essential as the child progresses chronologically, physically and intellectually.

 

Mathematics

Dr. Montessori created concrete mathematical materials for children to gain basic concepts of quantity, numerical systems, and achieve basic operations through assimilation.

 

Cultural Studies

The Montessori Cultural Curriculum introduces the larger world to the children. These activities include observation and study of the physical world and its life forms. The children also explore the continents; expanding their knowledge as they begin to understand different cultures, traditions and celebrations, places of interests, the arts, and literature.