What are the objectives of the Montessori pedagogy ?

The Montessori pedagogy used in our school has one major objective : the development of each child’s potential while respecting his or her individuality. It is based on the pleasure of learning, work and effort to achieve its objective.

The child becomes an actor in his or her learning and discoveries in a carefully prepared bilingual environment so that he or she can experiment while being guided by the educators in charge of the class. The material is adapted to the size and strength of the child in order to encourage more autonomy. After an initial presentation of the activities by the educators, the children are free to take them up and use them for as long as they wish. They are masters of their own choices in a structured, reassuring environment that responds to each stage of their development.

The classroom is therefore a place of learning but also a place of life and discovery where each child will gradually gain greater autonomy. We wish to allow the child to build the adult he or she will become; an adult who is a stakeholder in the society in which he or she lives.

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How is the Montessori pedagogy applied in the preschool ?

On a daily basis, we offer each child :

  1. a collective life where the children participate and acquire the rules necessary for the harmonious functioning of the group and the development of each child.
  2. a caring environment that encourages fundamental learning : we work on different areas of practical life, sensory, language and mathematics according to the age of the children, their rhythm and their interest. We want to encourage children to be curious, to search and to be rigorous.
  3. a playful exploration that perpetuates their acquisitions and encourages autonomy : we present activities from the class individually and then the children handle these activities independently.
  4. taking into account their individuality : we try to take into account the cultural and social diversity and the rhythm of each child in order to grow together and be able to open up to the world.
  5. to encourage respect for each other, “living together” and mutual help
  6. a natural and spontaneous discovery of English : we work in English and French pairs, each educator works in his or her language of reference
  7. Adaptation of the pedagogy and close collaboration with the parents to be able to respond as closely as possible to the child’s needs.

What are the benefits of the Montessori pedagogy for the child ?

The implementation of these pedagogical principles allows the child to

  • to acquire autonomy in their work and to become actors in their learning (guided by the educational team)
  • develop an open mind and curiosity from an early age
  • to facilitate the learning of fundamental concepts
  • to discover and use a living language other than one’s own
  • to self-motivate and self-evaluate
  • to become part of society

The 5 working areas of a Montessori classroom

The Montessori pedagogy is based on five areas of work : practical life, sensory life, language, mathematics and discovery of the world. In each of these areas, the educators present the children with educational material adapted to their age, their learning pace and their interests.

Practical life

This is the first material to be presented to the child. It allows them to lay the foundations for their work. It is material that is related to their daily life and that they can easily recognise.


This is material offered to the child as a continuation of practical life and used to develop and refine the five senses. It will enable them to classify, organise and relate their own perceptions to the outside world.


The French and English teachers support the children in acquiring more and more vocabulary and enable them to understand and communicate naturally in both English and French.


The mathematical material, like all Montessori material, is sensory and allows for the progressive understanding of certain mathematical abstractions through perception and manipulation.

Discovering the world

This material allows us to discover the world around us through geography and child-friendly science experiments.

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