Saint Maur pioneered International Montessori education in Japan in 1973, as a unique method of introducing children to a lifetime of enjoyable learning.
Special materials, largely manipulative in nature, help to satisfy developmental needs and enable children to experience the excitement of learning by choice, rather than by being forced. Children are helped to develop natural tools for learning, so that their abilities will be at a maximum in future learning situations.
Our Montessori School has specially prepared classrooms that have been created with the unique needs of children 2 ½ - 5+ in mind. Each room is presented in an orderly and attractive manner. All materials in the classroom are designed to cultivate children's natural curiosity and love for knowledge through working with their hands. Once motivated from within, children will then continue their search for knowledge throughout their lifetime.
Fundamental to our Montessori School is the multi-aged classroom. Each classroom includes children aged 2 ½ - 5+. The children may work either individually or in small groups, learning from and sharing with one another. It was Dr. Montessori’s belief that the children of mixed-age groups mutually benefit from working together, as there is a love, respect and admiration between ages.
While the curriculum in the Montessori School is vast, it is always developmentally appropriate for young children. They are individually guided through the program at their own pace and level. Along with the necessary skills for independence, the children are introduced - in a sequential and concrete way - to mathematics, language, phonetics, social studies, science, music, and art.
Montessori at Saint Maur captures the concept of ‘the family’ at the core of learning. It is natural that older children learn to be responsible, gain self-confidence, self-assurance, and develop self-esteem and leadership skills through interacting and modeling to younger children.