More than an approach to education, Montessori is an approach to life. The program at Montessori House Belgium, both in philosophy and pedagogy, is based on the scientific research work of Dr. Maria Montessori. The school respects children as self-directed individuals and fosters their growth toward independence and social responsibility whilst creating a joyful, diverse and family-oriented community.
Montessori House is a bilingual school covering English and French. The child/teacher ratio is approximately 8:1. The work place is not over-crowded or distracting, with attention being paid to the development of aesthetic awareness. The children are given choices and freedom within boundaries, where they are allowed to choose age-appropriate materials and activities that interest them, under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. This enables them to progress academically at their own pace. We recognise that each child is unique and we seek to accommodate their learning styles.
The classrooms are beautiful by design and are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving.
We use recognised Montessori materials, charts, time lines, objects of nature, treasures from the wealth of cultures around the worlds and sometimes conventional tools to teach. The school is committed to diversity and believes in sharing what we have with those in need and encouraging children to learn to live responsibly in the world. At Montessori House Belgium children are inspired to live both passionately and compassionately in a global community.
A) Nursery Programme
Children 2 to 4 years old can be enrolled in one of the following four programmes:
|Nursery 1||(aged 2+)||3 mornings|
|Nursery 1||(2 ½ to 4)||5 mornings|
|Nursery 2||(2 ½ to 4)||5 mornings/2afternoons|
|Nursery 3||(2 ½ to 4)||5 mornings/4 afternoons|
B) Primary & Elementary Programme
Children 4 to 8 years old can be enrolled in either of the following two programmes, both consisting of 5 morning and 4 afternoons:
|Primary||Children aged 4 to 6|
|Elementary||Children ages 6 to 9|
|Monday to Friday :||*9:00 - 12:00 (Half Day)|
|9:00 - 15:00 (Full Day)|
|Wednesday : (for all classes)||9:00 - 12:00|
* Drop off time 8:45
An after-school child-minding service is available from 15:00 to 17:00 and costs 8 euros per hour.
Regular parent-teacher meetings, written and verbal reports and classroom visits all create essential close ties between parents and the school. We encourage parents to assist in various activities. This involvement enables us to establish a cooperative and supportive relationship between the school and home. We firmly believe that the school shares a mutual obligation with parents to develop the full potential of each child.
We look forward to seeing you at Montessori House Belgium.