GENERAL SCHOOL LIFE
TMS serves 150 students in Toddler (18 months) through sixth grade in a diverse and international community. Besides the academic curriculum, TMS offers programs in Art, Environmental Science, Library/Technology, Music, Physical Education, Spanish and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Children’s care is provided both in the early mornings and after school. Children are offered time for independent play, as well as time for teacher-directed activities and snack. Fees are determined by TMS.
The Montessori School located in Dresher, PA educates children using the authentic Montessori approach—a multi-sensory curriculum that allows for individualized teaching and for students to learn and be challenged at their own pace as they develop academically. As a community that fosters self-confidence, leadership, and respect for self and others, TMS encourages students to grow as self-motivated, intellectually engaged learners who will serve their larger communities as both accomplished students and ambassadors of peace.
The Montessori method of education is practiced in nearly 5,000 public and private schools in the United States and 35,000 schools worldwide.
This philosophy of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori who was born in Italy in 1870, and became one of Italy’s first female physicians. Trained as a scientist, Maria Montessori developed her method of education by observing children as they worked and learned in a carefully prepared environment. She discovered that children learn best through investigation and discovery, and that there are windows of opportunity in children’s lives when they are able to learn certain things more easily than at any other time in their development. A Montessori education presents children with the right lessons at the right times. The seeds of this method of education fall on the fertile ground of developmental readiness where they can grow and blossom into knowledge.
Children at The Montessori School are in classes of 18 months-3 years, 3-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-12 years old. Caring communities are fostered by these mixed age groupings where children experience mentoring and being mentored by their peers. Children and their families build trusting relationships with guides or teachers they will have for three years. Three-year groupings allow for a wider choice of academic activities and social relationships.
Our meticulously prepared classrooms contain Montessori materials which are hands-on materials the children can choose and learn from independently. They are manipulated by the students to illustrate concepts such as width, length, and quantity, as well as to give algebra and square root concrete form. These materials are elegant and beautiful.
The Montessori School is true to the joyful practice of the Montessori method. Children explore, learn, and perfect themselves as they choose activities which allow them to develop concentration, self-discipline, and the expectation that they will experience success and satisfaction in their work.