Why Montessori?

Dr. Montessori believed that children in different age groups learn in very different ways and therefore each stage in the Montessori program has been designed with a specific age group in mind. The early elementary child (6-9 years old) wants to know everything about everything. This inner curiosity is a wonderful attribute which can help the child develop a love of learning. The goal of the Montessori elementary program is to educate the child for life. This is accomplished by:

  • Helping the child become a learner independent of constant adult intervention.
  • Developing within the child a love of learning and an understanding of how to learn.
  • Building self-esteem in a secure and success-orientated environment.
  • Providing the child with an environment in which to develop healthy social relationships as well as skills such as peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Instilling a respect for all living things.
  • Giving the child a sense of belonging to his time and place.

The Montessori integrated curriculum is one of the major advantages of a Montessori education. The child discovers how concepts and real world experiences are interrelated through literature, science, art, nature, history and math.

Montessori teachers recognise and encourage the uniqueness of each child and because of this the child engages in work that is suited to his own readiness and learning style.

Montessori teachers recognise and encourage the uniqueness of each child and because of this the child engages in work that is suited to his own readiness and learning style.

According to our philosophy grades give the parents a view of the level of knowledge as well as the ability of a child to perform in a test situation. Throughout the program the children are given the skills to be able to handle a test situation which will be essential at a later stage. For children aged 6-9, descriptional reports rather than graded reports are given. These descriptional reports give the parents a clear picture of their child’s progress in areas such as reading, writing and the understanding of the activities presented. At the end of the early elementary program (age 9) students will write their first competency tests. These tests evaluate a student’s knowledge in areas such as mathematics, reading with comprehension and the ability to apply information. The results from these tests form the basis for a more detailed report which describes a student’s level of knowledge.

The descriptional reports are individual to each child and therefore do not create competition. The children cooperate rather than compete with each other. The younger children learn from the older and the older children reinforce their knowledge by helping the younger ones. This provides an environment where children are able to function in a group by respecting each other. Group work enables the child to develop good leadership qualities, the ability to give and accept help when needed. The way of measuring the progress takes into account the perceptional differences between Polish and international students.

We have a system to ensure the effectiveness of the program but in a noncompetitive environment.

There is a lot of joy and personal social and emotional development in cooperative learning. The cooperative, loving atmosphere in a Montessori school pays off in the long term, as compared to the painful, competitive, constantly comparing kids, someone-has-to-lose-in-order-for-me-to-win situation in traditional schooling.

In a Montessori environment, each child is on his or her own educational journey, and is not being asked to compete with others, only to continue on his or her own journey with due diligence while amongst others.

English and Bilingual curriculum

Our Montessori school houses 2 curriculums: Montessori 6-9 and 9-12 in English, and our Bilingual Montessori 6-9 and Bilingual Grades 4, 5, & 6. For the students who follow the Bilingual Montessori program, it is compulsory to take additional lessons in English for total literacy and fluency. The students in our English Montessori program are offered additional lessons in Polish to become fluent in reading, writing, and speaking the language.

Extracurricular activities

The school’s program is enriched with a variety of additional activities, already included in the tuition fee. These are, among others, classes:

  • sports: yoga, football, aikido, roller-skating and cross-country skiing, as well as swimming and chess;
  • Musical: learning to play the piano and violin (extra paid); the children’s choir has also been operating in our school for several years ( free);
  • dance: modern dance and Bollywood;
  • artistic: circle of origami, sketching and photographic workshops,
  • German and French language courses and Polish language courses for foreigners.

Materials

The school materials consist of standard tools for educating a child based on the curriculum for elementary learning as approved by the Minister of Education. In addition, didactic materials from NIENHUIS which are accredited by international Montessori organizations such as AMI, AMS and NAMTA. In the Montessori classroom the children are not required to sit at a desk for an extended period, rather they are able to choose their work from the many materials provided. They experience the concepts that they are learning about in a very concrete and hands-on way, by performing experiments and making discoveries for themselves. The materials are designed in such a way so as to guide the child in making these discoveries.

“Green” and “White” schools

Our School organizes the Green School experience. Green School enriches an integrates learning approach. Green Schools is a week-long excursion to the countryside which provides a wonderful opportunity to experience nature and witness the phenomena of farm living and beyond. It is an excellent way to see and work through, hands-on, what all our students learn in science classes.

We also organize an 8 day ski trip to Zakopane. Our students receive training sessions in skiing, snowboarding, skating and cross country skiing.  Completing the week, they compete in the Winter Olympics games which are designed for private schools. Our students are famous for winning bronze, silver and gold medals for their athletic ability.

our schools

  • Toddlers
    age: 12m - 2,5

    • Montessori Toddler School
      ul. Tatrzańska 5a,
      00-742 Warszawa
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    • Montessori Toddler School
      ul. Badowska 19,
      00-752 Warszawa
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  • CASA DEI BAMBINI
    age: 2,5 – 5/6

    • Casa dei Bambini Warsaw Montessori
      ul. Badowska 19,
      00-752 Warszawa
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    • Casa dei Bambini Izabelin
      ul. Szkolna 16,
      05-080 Izabelin
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  • schools
    age: 5/6 – 18

    • Warsaw Montessori School
      ul. Szwoleżerów 4,
      00-464 Warszawa
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    • Warsaw Montessori Middle School
      ul. Tatrzańska 5a,
      00-742 Warszawa
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    • Warsaw Montessori High School
      ul. Pytlasińskiego 13a,
      00-777 Warszawa
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