Timeless education in a changing world

Welcome to our website. A great place to start if you would like to learn a little bit about the Montessori method and a whole lot about us. The best way to get around is to use the navigation menu.

Want to meet us in person? There are ways!

Raising Happy Children Parent Education Classes

During these free classes you’ll learn about child development in general, the needs of the child during a specific stage of development as well as tips, tricks and activities to meet those needs. Result? A calmer, happier child at home and at school. Find the class schedule online at https://klab.montessori.cw/parenteducation.

Want to sign up for all of them? Click here to go directly to the booking page.

The Montessori Experience

Choosing the right school for our child, especially if they are still very young, is one of the most important but also nerve-wracking decisions you will ever make. But you know you’re about to make the right decision when you enter the school and your child’s face just lights up and she doesn’t want to leave! Let your child experience a Montessori classroom under the guidance of an AMI qualified guide during this special event. This experience is for children between the ages of 2.5 and 6 years only.

Book your spot here.

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About Us

About The Montessori School

The Montessori School Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to introducing and championing the Montessori lifestyle in Curaçao. The foundation aims to achieve this goal through The Montessori School that will offer half and full day programs for children up to age six in a tri-lingual learning environment according to the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standards. We believe that when the youngest members of our community are supported by an environment and educator that fully meet their developmental needs, they can be guided to reach their full potential. Through The Knowledge Lab we will make the Montessori lifestyle accessible to our entire community.

Our Mission

It is our mission at The Montessori School to guide and support the optimal development of each child to his or her full human potential and to provide timeless education in a changing world.

To do this, we provide:

  • prepared environments at each stage of development that support the child’s physical and spiritual needs;
  • fully trained and experienced guides and support staff, as well as administrators, to surround the child with prepared adults who understand the child’s task of developing him- or herself;
  • experiences that prepare each child fully for a joyful and engaged adult life in his or her community;
  • constant deepening of our practices by professional development and attendance at AMI conferences and workshops, and by consistent, clear communication between all staff and with the parent community;
  • a diverse community that reflects both the reality and the values of life in Curaçao.

Our Vision

The Montessori School serves the diverse needs of children from the moment they can walk to 6 years. We are a community of staff and families who work collaboratively to provide all the necessary conditions for each child’s optimal development. We do this by providing beautiful, completely prepared environments according to AMI standards, filled with motives for activity that allow each child to follow his or her unique path of development freely. Through our programs, children receive a high-quality educational curriculum, as well as the freedom to learn at their own pace and with their own learning style.

Curious about our story? Read this blogpost!

About Montessori

What’s Montessori all about?

Born in Ancona, Italy in 1870, Maria Montessori became the first woman to graduate as a doctor from the University of Rome. She studied paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology and specialized in the intellectual and cognitive development of children. Her progressive view of children was very much ahead of her time and her educational philosophy is still relevant to date. In fact, modern scientific research confirms her observations. She believed that children are born with a personality (an intrinsic nature) that would gradually unfold. However, the key in helping a child’s personality and intellect reach its full potential was through provision of an enriched, nurturing environment.

Montessori Pedagogy

Independence

Young children have a great desire to be capable and to contribute to their community. By preparing the environment with many child-sized, developmentally appropriate activities, and through observation, the adult gains a clear understanding of each child’s specific needs. The guide introduces the lessons that will benefit the child’s development. Then, the child is given the freedom to act independently within the prepared environment, by using any of the materials that have been introduced.

Freedom and responsibility

Freedom within limits allows the young child to develop inner discipline gradually. The guide prepares the environment in ways that encourage each child to freely express their inner needs for development, and their personality. The guide also models – through actions and language – how to make responsible decisions. As the child encounters the many choices and opportunities for self control that form their daily experience, joy, kindness and compassion naturally emerge between the children. This creates the foundation for honest and heartfelt relationships.

Develop concentration skills

Dr. Montessori discovered that an uninterrupted work cycle allows the child to fully experience the benefits of the programs. During a long, uninterrupted work cycle, each child has opportunities to choose interesting work, repeat as much as they desire, and clean up afterwards. Then they can take the time they need to process this activity and move on to the next. This happens several times during the work cycle, and each child moves at his or her own self-directed pace. For the younger children in the toddler community the work cycle lasts about 1.5 hours, and for the primary aged children it lasts 3 hours.

Want to learn more about the different developmental stages Maria Montessori identified over a century ago? Read this blogpost!

Montessori education

Maria Montessori’s method is most applied in early childhood education. However, the method can be applied throughout all stages of human development from birth to adulthood. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that the Montessori method is beneficial to seniors who suffer from dementia. Montessori really is for all ages!

Admissions

A letter from our Head of School

Welcome. I am so glad you’re here. At The Montessori School, we are committed to supporting children’s natural academic, social, and emotional development as we prepare them to be self-aware and empathetic young individuals. It is our mission to provide timeless education in our changing world.

Your first step to successful admission of your child to The Montessori School is to assess whether The Montessori School is a good fit for your child and your family. We recommend reading about the Montessori method as well as our school, before discussing with your family members whether The Montessori School would be a good fit for you. Our website is a great starting point.

We can imagine that you might have specific questions you cannot get answered through our website. In that case, we encourage you to reach out to us via e-mail [email protected] or schedule a tour through https://my.montessori.cw/tour to get your questions answered in person. Please note that tours might not be available year round.

Once you feel confident that The Montessori School is a good option, we encourage you to apply for admission through this link. Acceptance letters are sent out on a rolling basis until all classrooms are full, then in the Spring for the following academic year.

We look forward to getting to know you and your child in the process, so please feel free to reach out to us with questions along the way by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. We realize that this is an important decision for your family and we are delighted to be part of it.

Kind regards,

Danielle Palm