Welcome to Darwin

An International Montessori Environment in Anna Nagar

Toddler Program

Exclusively designed curriculum to foster cognitive, speech, language development, strengthen fine motor & gross motor skills and promote independence.

Primary Program

Activities for practical life, refinement of the senses, and life sciences presented through activities. Music and Art form a part of everyday activity.

Out of School

Build strong foundation working with Montessori Materials that allows children to learn in their own pace, making the learning their own.

Montessori

Why us ?

Why would you opt for a Montessori school such as ours for your little one, when there are so many schools around you to choose from?

The most important reason: your child will be happier in a school run on Montessori principles. And happiness in children is the one sure indicator that all their developmental needs are being met!

Dr. Montessori developed her system of education in accordance with the natural principles of child development. This ensures that in a Montessori classroom, your children get what they need, as much as they need and at the time they need it, in all the spheres – physical, emotional, intellectual and social.

Traditional School

  • Rote memorization
  • Does not take into consideration the need for the age to work with hands and senses to learn.

Montessori School

  • Education as an aid to life and not just purely academic.
  • A mini society where children florish holistically, emotionally , psychologically.
  • Advanced levels of learning achievement in language and mathematical concepts.

Traditional School

  • 1 age group
  • Teacher-directed work
  • Work is assigned arbitrarily to the entire group, regardless of individual needs
  • Silence is imposed in the classroom

Montessori School

  • Mixed-age group
  • Children choose activities on their own
  • Activities are presented to children individually or in small groups, in accordance with each child’s needs and learning style
  • Silence is a reflection of concentration, peace, and order. The environment is calm

Traditional School

  • Teachers are central, regardless of how well they have mastered the material

Montessori School

  • Guides facilitate, listen and consult.
  • Highly trained in child psychology.
  • Evaluation is comprehensive and spread over time. Students’ journals, individual and group projects, teacher’s observations and students’ self-reflection all contribute to the discussion of developmental milestones
  • Evaluation is not of academics alone; it also includes the emotional and social development of each student

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Traditional School

  • Students receive lessons according to lesson plans following a predetermined syllabus
  • Subjects are compartmentalized
  • Days are broken up arbitrarily by subjects, regardless of need
  • Teacher decides what students do
  • All students work at the same pace

Montessori School

  • Students receive individualized, level-appropriate lessons
  • Subjects are intertwined
  • Uninterrupted blocks of time allow for the pursuit of work to the student’s satisfaction
  • Students choose individual and group work
  • Students work independently at their own level and pace

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Traditional School

  • Rules imposed externally
  • Rewards and punishment used to regulate behavior and performance

Montessori School

  • Discipline emerges from student
  • Students help establish ground rules for behavior in class
  • Students learn to take responsibility for their own behavior

Kid

Traditional School

  • The adult is the judge
  • Recognition is gained by acceptance from the adult or the group
  • Further evaluation is based on short-term rote memorization and repetition of data

Montessori School

  • Self-correcting materials allow the students to get immediate feedback independently
  • Students reflect on their own process of learning and consult with the guides for support
  • The success and sense of accomplishment that the students experience enhance their self-confidence and pleasure in learning

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Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL

The conventional educational system was designed during the industrial revolution, when the masses moved into urban areas to work in factories.

They created an effective method of training the following generations of factory workers. Children were instructed to memorize and regurgitate facts – to stop working when the bell rings – to sit in nice, neat rows of desks and ask for permission to move. It is no longer relevant in our modern culture.

Today, successful people work on projects not factory lines. They are rewarded for creating things rather than following orders. And, they are expected to adapt quickly to change within their profession, rather than working at the same job for 50 years. As we peek into the uncertain future of the 21st century, we offer a safe harbor for parents: a research-based method that has been proven to develop some of the brightest minds of our times and is well positioned to develop the movers and shakers of tomorrow.

Our mission is to provide a complete Montessori program which considers the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the total child by addressing the uniqueness of each in a nurturing, emotionally secure and academically excellent environment. Our vision is for each and every child to be happy and be empowered with :

Independence: We will create a prepared environment where children can freely explore their natural sense of wonder and choose their own work with enthusiasm and interest.

Confidence: We will empower the children with opportunities to discover their own pace and method of learning which best suits their individual needs.

Respect: We will provide an environment and guidance which will encourage the children’s development of kindness, courtesy and self-discipline.

Program

THINGS TO DO

Kid

The Primary program is for children from 1 ½ yrs to 2 ½ years. The Curriculum understands the dynamic nature of these foundational years. It supports the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of each child.

Toddlers strengthen speech and language development, in addition to both fine and gross motor skills- all as they explore self, family and the world in which they live.

Teachers implement various Montessori lessons to develop skills, abilities and traits that the student shows a readiness for.

They work with Montessori materials designed to enhance student’s sensory recognition, concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility and respect. These pillar elements will allow Toddlers to learn and progress with an extremely well grounded and diverse foundation. Students will develop both a strong social and academic base- upon which to grow and excel in their future years.

Dreaming

The Primary program is for children from 2 1/2 to 6 years. In this mixed-age environment children learn by doing. The concrete materials in the classroom allow the children to explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. The curriculum includes:

Practical Life: Independence, concentration, coordination and social skills are learned and refined through the exercises of Practical Life. Whether it is preparing snack or arranging flowers, children feel a sense of accomplishment and joy.

Sensorial: Primary age children are sensorial learners. Lessons in this area are designed to foster and support the refinement of the senses. Through exploration of the Sensorial materials, children categorize and organize the qualities of the world around them.

Language: The Language program focuses on spoken language, writing and reading. Starting with cursive sandpaper letters and phonetic sounds, children experience a wide range of lessons that prepare them for creative writing and reading phonetically and in some cases fluently.

Mathematics: The decimal bead material gives children a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They are then presented with lessons that help them to memorize simple math facts.

Cultural: The concepts of earth, water, continents and countries are explored in this area. Children learn an extensive vocabulary for botany, zoology and cultural concepts.

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The OST program is for children from 2 1/2 to 6 years and for children attending LKG – UKG in traditional Schools : this Program is designed to strengthen the Foundation in English and Arithmetic.

A Majority of Children who go to traditional schools where learning is not individually designed but predestinated by a strict curriculum might develop a Psychic Barrier towards Language( reading, writing ) or Mathematics. If not corrected at an early stage the Fear of Mathematics or language can be carried by the child all his life.

Based on the principal that any learning between the age group of 0 – 6 years happens through Hands and senses, Children get individual presentation on how to work with a Language or Arithmetic material and are set free to work , repeat, make mistakes, correct mistakes thereby making the learning their own and building self confidence in these areas..

Frequently asked questions

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  • Are Montessori children successful later in life?
    Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.

  • Isn’t Montessori just a preschool?
    Montessori schools may be best known for their programs with young children, but the underlying educational method describes programs for students up through high school.

  • Do children have fun at a Montessori Environment?
    Yes! Maria Montessori recognized the fundamental truth that play is a child’s work. As such, her method is designed to appeal to children as a form of fun play while simultaneously bestowing upon them important educational precepts.

    Dr. Montessori’s studies taught her that — unlike adults — young children must learn abstract concepts through concrete, physical examples and objects. For instance, a three-year-old child cannot grasp the mathematical concept of addition simply through verbal explanation. Rather, the child must touch and see physical examples of adding objects to a group. Montessori children “play/work” with specially developed materials designed to both fascinate and entertain them through visual and tactile stimulation.
    Naturally, we also set aside plenty of time to run, climb, slide, socialize and play outside.

  • Why does Montessori have multi age classrooms?
    Multi age classrooms afford us the luxury of adapting the curriculum to the individual child. Each child can work at his or her own pace, while remaining in community with his or her peers. In addition, the multi age format allows all older children to be the leaders of the classroom community-even those children who may be shy or quiet.

  • Montessori classrooms don’t look like regular classrooms. Where are the rows of desks? Where does the teacher stand?
    The different arrangement of a Montessori classroom mirrors the Montessori methods differences from traditional education. Rather than putting the teacher at the focal point of the class, with children dependent on her for information and activity, the classroom shows a literally child-centered approach. Children work at tables or on floor mats where they can spread out their materials, and the teacher circulates about the room, giving lessons or resolving issues as they arise.

  • If children are free to choose their own work, how do you ensure that they receive a well-rounded education?
    Montessori children are free to choose within limits, and have only as much freedom as they can handle with appropriate responsibility. The classroom teacher and assistant ensure that children do not interfere with each other, and that each child is progressing at her appropriate pace in all subjects.

  • Are Montessori schools as academically rigorous as traditional schools?
    Yes; Montessori classrooms encourage deep learning of the concepts behind academic skills rather than rote practice of abstract techniques. Since the Montessori Method acknowledges that children are hungry to learn , we take our role to facilitate this learning very seriously. Having understood child psychology, we respect every childs pace and never force the child to do anything his body and mind are not ready for. We wait, aid and set free the child to do his learning and compete with himself.

  • Since Montessori classrooms emphasize non-competitiveness, how are students adequately prepared for real-life competition later on?
    Montessori classrooms emphasize competition with oneself: self-monitoring, self-correction, and a variety of other executive skills aimed at continuous improvement. Students typically become comfortable with their strengths and learn how to address their weaknesses. In older classes, students commonly participate in competitive activities with clear winners? (auditions for limited opera roles, the annual spelling bee, etc.) in which students give their best performances while simultaneously encouraging peers to do the same. It is a healthy competition in which all contenders are content that they did their best in an environment with clear and consistent rules.

  • Since most children will eventually have to go to the formal schools, wouldn’t it be better for them to go to Traditional Schools
    It has been observed that children passed out of Montessori school have an excellent start as compared to students from other schools. Montessori children are self confident, independent and enthusiastic and generally adapt to all sorts of new situations. In addition to this, the curriculum also includes enriched lesson in Maths, reading, languages, science, geography and other cultural areas.The Montessori school children are way ahead of their peers studying in Traditional Schools.

  • Isn’t Montessori method of education expensive?

    Tuition fees in Montessori preschools throughout the country is sometimes higher than other preschools because of

    1. Premium Montessori Materials

    2. Highly trained Staff.

    3. Specially Prepared environment

    4. A wide curriculum for Holistic Learning

    5. Longer Work Hours to reap Maximum Benefits

    It becomes a matter of what you value most. To give your child the finest possible experience in his most sensitive years is to give him a strong foundation throughout his life and probably ward off investment later to correct or remedy that, which was missed.

    The child who enjoys learning and becomes self-directed at the critical preschool age will benefit through all his years of learning.

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Orientation Program

The admission process begins by attending an open house and orientation to the Montessori Philosophy of education. The Orientation Program will help parents gain an appreciation of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of early childhood education, understand the services of Darwin Montessori and tour the campus.

Interview

Parents who are seeking admission for their child to attend Darwin Montessori will be interviewed by the Head of School. The child also will be present during this interview. Admission will be granted to families who show evidence of their careful study and appreciation of the Montessori Philosophy, intention to actively participate in the educational program and extra-curricular activities of the school, and commitment for the child to finish the three-year program.

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Our philosophy is to foster independence, love of learning, and positive sense of self in a prepared environment. Every child is respected and encouraged to function independently at his or her own developmental rate. By making the most of our close-knit community, children are given the best care and attention throughout the entire day that allows us to develop positive, long-lasting relationships with the children and their families.  Our faculty is caring, highly trained professionals with knowledge about child psychology who passionately aid in developing confidence and self-esteem at every stage of a child’s development.

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