Bambino Montessori House of Children
C-1192, Aravalli Marg, Lucknow, India
We are now working with City International School which also uses some of the Montessori Method and Material in the Pre-Primary sections.
A pre-primary school for children of 2½ - 6 years.
No stress, no tests, no exams, no homework.
But lots of singing and creative activities ...
... with Montessori Method and Material.
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Bambino Montessori House of Children is a Christian school in Lucknow, India, founded to serve the small children and provide them a place for learning and also building their moral character. The word ‘Bambino’ means small children in Italian Language and we want to follow the principle laid down in the Bible which says, “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is older he shall not depart from it.”
A Montessori classroom is created for the child. In it the child is free to move, and speak and to work at his own development. He works and interacts with children of mixed ages in an atmosphere of helpfulness and cooperation. The environment is designed with all his needs in mind.
The scientifically designed material is laid out in the classroom within easy reach of the child’s eyes and hands. The use of the material is demonstrated to the child who enjoys the purposeful activities it offers. The child uses the material to build his intelligence.
In a Montessori environment there is no teacher. The adult prepares the environment and the material and puts the child in touch with both. The adult is the guardian of the rights of the child and a helper who understands his needs. The adult observes the child at work and helps him to help himself.
The activities offered in the Montessori environment broadly encompass four fields.
The activities of daily living are an essential part of the educational process. In learning to care for himself and his environment the child builds independence and co-ordination. When the child polishes brass or sweeps the floor he gathers rich experience and learns to achieve fulfilment through simple tasks.
The scientifically designed sensorial materials make interesting activities possible and the child uses his senses to gain knowledge. He becomes keenly aware of his environment and is able to classify the various properties of matter (e.g. shapes, colours).
In the Montessori classroom the child enjoys mathematics. He is offered activities which help him to move from concrete experience to abstract ideas of quantities and operations. The pace of work is individualised. Concepts are grasped easily without pressure.
Language learning is vital to the child’s progress. In the Montessori classroom the needs of the child are always kept in mind. Verbal activities are offered and the child is prepared for reading and writing from the time he enters school but without drudgery. The child becomes aware of every aspect of language - sounds, words, sentences, self expression.
Apart from all this the child will be involved in a lot of other activities like singing, dancing, drama, art work etc. From time to time the school will also try and take the children for field trips to interesting places.
updated 27 July 2009