The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method was developed over a hundred years ago by a pioneering scientist and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. Born in 1870, Dr. Montessori was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. A three-time Nobel Prize nominee, she worked in the fields of psychiatry, education, and anthropology, and never published a theory until she had observed it for years with children of all social classes and in many countries. She found that, rather than being born as a “blank slate” waiting to be written upon, each child is born with a unique potential waiting to be revealed. Early in the 20th century, Dr. Montessori developed educational materials and methods that were based on her research showing that children learn best by doing, not by passively accepting other people’s ideas and pre-existing knowledge. The Montessori Method is dynamic in that observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. Influenced by the impact of two world wars, Montessori was dedicated to creating peace through the education of the child. Much of the curriculum’s cultural focus and learning about the interdependence of human are designed to enlighten each child about the similarities of peoples and cultures. Dr. Montessori’s ultimate aim was to help each child place him/herself in our world at the centre of society and to assist each one in becoming the transforming element that leads to a harmonious and peaceful humanity.

Here’s what you will find at IMS:

  • The recognition that children have an innate drive that naturally inspires them to reach their potential

Montessori philosophy recognises that the inherent love of learning is stimulated when children are given opportunities to engage in meaningful activities with the proper balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers.

  • A nurturing environment carefully prepared by a fully certified Montessori educator

All IMS  Montessori teachers are AMI trained. In every classroom, one teacher is an English speaker, and one is a Putonghua speaker.

  • A comprehensive assortment of Montessori learning materials in each classroom

Students use Montessori learning materials at each phase of their education to learn increasingly complex concepts. These hands-on tools are concrete complements to written materials and other classroom activities. (See our Parent Education page here to read more on Montessori classroom materials.)

  • Strong Parent-School partnerships

At IMS, we believe parents are partners in creating home environments that provide opportunities for the child to continue their learning and development as citizens of the world. IMS holds educational, curriculum, and enrichment events throughout the school year for parents and caregivers.

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