“I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori Method.” — Dr. Maria Montessori.

The Montessori Method is a way about thinking about who children are. It is a philosophy that respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. Her method does not compare a child to norms or standards that are measured by traditional educational systems. It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.

It is also an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children to learn in their own way at their own pace. The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well-adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in their life. Children who experience the joy of learning, are happy, confident, fulfilled children. In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each child.

Another important skill it teaches is self-reliance and independence. It helps the child to become independent by teaching them life skills. This is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help to cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part in their household, neighbourhood and school.

Montessori works in a methodical way. Each step in the process leads to the next level of learning. When a child plays, they are learning concepts for abstract play. Repetition of activities is an integral part of this learning process.

For young children Montessori is a hands on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.

Montessori encourages a child to proceed at his or her own pace onto abstract thinking, writing, reading, science, mathematics and most importantly, to absorb his or her culture and environment. Culture includes interaction with nature, art, music, religion, societal organizations and customs.

Most of all, Montessori wanted to help free a child’s mind to be unfettered to learn without any negative input. It is success oriented in that almost everything is self-teaching and self-correcting. The children learn by doing and by experimentation. The environment is specifically prepared for the children to allow them to interact with it freely and unfettered, everything is child sized, and safe for children to touch and use. In fact, Dr. Montessori called her centre “The Children's House”.

The main goal of Montessori is to provide a stimulating, child-oriented environment that children can explore, touch, and learn without fear. An understanding parent or teacher is a large part of this child’s world. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about one's path and purpose in life.


Herbert Montessori School established in 1994, is a private preparatory school for girls and boys aged from 2 to 12 years. All the emphasis is placed on the individual child. Our aim is for each child to have freedom to grow in their own way and learn by experience.

Herbert Montessori School is organised in such a way as to give children the opportunity to choose Montessori materials and the length of time they wish to work with them, in a carefully prepared environment. Here the child’s highest and noblest form of self-expression is work, which is that spontaneous activity by which they create for themselves. Each individual child will be given space and freedom to develop at their own pace. The emphasis will be on the total and broad development of the child’s intellectual, emotional, physical and social qualities.

At Herbert Montessori School each child will benefit from dedicated and qualified teachers. We provide a safe, stimulating and caring atmosphere in which the individual needs of each child can be met. We work closely with parents in the care and development of their child. We encourage each child to develop consideration and respect for other children, teachers and property and place an emphasis on maintaining excellent standards of hygiene. Our priority is the safety and well-being of your child.


We currently operate three classrooms, a Playgroup Class for children aged one and a half to three years, a Junior Montessori Class for children aged three to six year and a Primary Montessori Class for children aged six to nine years. It is our intention to establish a Senior Montessori Class for children aged nine to twelve years from September 2014.

Because traditional schooling generally groups children of just one age together, mixed age groups is a striking difference between Montessori and traditional educational programs.


  1. Interaction

    The mixed age group environment creates an atmosphere where children learn to help and be helped by other children, because they interact consistently with children whose age and abilities are varied. Children gain an appreciation for their achievement and the accomplishments of others, and are naturally challenged by the achievements of others.

  2. Learning from each other

    Older children learn to be patient and tolerant, and serve as role models and teachers for the younger children. When an older child teaches a younger one, it reinforces previously learned concepts and is an aid in complete mastery of concepts. Younger children learn about courtesy, manners and conflict resolution not only from their teachers, but also by watching the older children in the class.

  3. Work at child’s own pace

    Because teachers do not have to set the instruction pace by a whole group, each child is given the ability to learn at his or her own pace. This is a striking difference from traditional education, where everyone, for example, turns to a page of a book and stays there until every child understands the concept.

  4. Community

    By staying in a classroom for a three-year period, children develop a strong sense of community and stability, with 2/3 of a class returning every year. This community aids the development of students as role models for one another.

  5. Familiarity

    Being in the same classroom year after year allows a teacher to truly learn each individual child’s learning abilities, style, and developmental level to better be able to set the learning agenda as well as build on strengths and work on weaknesses.


Some pretty amazing and creative people in the world attended Montessori schools and attribute their Montessori teaching to their success. Here are just a few…

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google

We both went to Montessori school,” Mr. Page said, “and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently (that led to our success)”.

Will Wright, designer, The Sims

“Montessori taught me the joy of discovery... It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design”.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

“I’ve always felt that there’s a certain kind of important pioneering that goes on from an inventor like Thomas Edison,” Mr. Bezos has said, and that discovery mentality is precisely the environment that Montessori seeks to create.

Denis Hickie, Irish rugby player

Michael John Gorman, Director, Science Museum, Dublin

Prince William and Prince Harry

George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor

Anne Frank, famous World War II diarist

Peter Drucker, Management Guru

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect

Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin

Helen Hunt, Academy award-winning actor

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

Wales described his childhood private school as a “Montessori influenced philosophy of education”, where he “spent lots of hours pouring over the Britannicas and World Book Encyclopedias”. There were only four other children in Wales’ grade, so the school grouped together the first through fourth grade students and the fifth through eighth grade students.

Katherine Graham, former owner-editor, The Washington Post

“The Montessori Method—learning by doing—once again became my stock in trade”.

Sean Combs, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ (formerly known as ‘Puffy’) Combs, Rap mega-star

“I feel like I was nurtured into wanting to be somebody special”.

Julia Child, famous chef

Julia credited her Montessori experience with her love of working with her hands, finding fun in her work, and her joy of working with others.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel prize-winning author

Marquez said his Montessori education gave him “the desire to kiss literature” and states, “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”

Helen Keller, Political activist, author, lecturer, awarded the presidential medal of freedom.

“Only through freedom can people develop self control, self dependence, willpower and initiative. This is the lesson Helen’s education has for the world.”

Others with a Montessori connection:

• Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school

• Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate

• Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years.

• Alexander Graham Bell (inventor) and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.