Montessori Approach

St. Nicholas’ English Kindergarten was founded on the principles of the Montessori model, and the basic tenants of inclusion, student-led exploration and inquiry-based learning are implemented to this day.

Our teaching staff follows the Whole Child approach and strives to provide each student with individualized attention. A low teacher to student ratio allows instructors to tailor instruction to each child’s unique style of learning. At St. Nicholas’, your child will find his or her niche in an engaging, challenging and nurturing early childhood learning environment. 

Introduction to the Montessori Method

We incorporate Montessori’s philosophy into our 3 year curriculum, which includes all of the five areas: Language, Mathematics, Sensorial, Practical Life and Cultural. The Montessori Method is developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, scientist and educator, over 100 years ago and has experienced success around the world. It is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood, and fosters a child’s natural inclination to learn. Our classrooms are equipped with a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials, allowing children to learn via a hands-on approach.

Innovators not only learned early on to think different, they act different (and even talk different).

Benefits of Montessori

A Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential and promote a love of lifelong learning.

  • Every child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education understands that children learn in various ways and accommodates all learning styles. Teachers guide students to advance through the curriculum as he/she is ready.
  • Students in a Montessori program develop Concentration, Order, Coordination, and Independence (COCI). All Montessori materials and daily routines foster the child’s emerging sense of self-discipline.
  • A Montessori education promotes auto-education. Students learn to become active seekers of knowledge and teachers create a learning environment in which students have the freedom and tools to discover answers to their own questions.
  • All Montessori materials are designed with control of error, allowing self-correction and self-assessment. Students are able to acknowledge, correct and learn from their mistakes without assistance from an adult. They also recognize that mistakes are a wonderful opportunity to learn. As they mature, they will not be afraid to make mistakes and would be able to take calculated risks.
  • The Montessori philosophy addresses the sensitive periods and the absorbent mind of a child.
  • Through spontaneous repetition, children will development and exercise his/her will, which eventually leads to normalization of the child.
  • We encourage positive discipline throughout our school. Internal satisfaction motivates the child to learn and drives his/her curiosity and interest in learning that is sustainable over a lifetime. Self-reflection enables the child to recognize, reconcile and resolve mistakes made.
  • Montessori students enjoy freedom but with limits. Together with the teachers, students learn to set and work within parameters, which allow them to decide what their focus of learning will be.

Notable Montessori Alumni

  • Google co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Amazon founder: Jeff Bezos
  • Wikipedia founder: Jimmy Wales
  • Bill and Hilary Clinton, former US president and 2016 presidential candidate
  • Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince George of the British Royal Family
  • Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality
  • Anne Frank, author of the Diary of Anne Frank
  • Jean Piaget, early childhood developmental psychologist and philosopher
  • Yo Yo Ma, George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Beyonce