Hello and welcome to Sprouts Montessori House of Children!
We are so pleased that you are interested in a Montessori education for your child, since we believe that this is the best preparation for the future. For 12 years, Sprouts has offered an educational program that fosters the growth and development of each child; not just cognitive development, which is crucial, but social and emotional development as well. The children are encouraged to be confident, independent thinkers, aware of their potential to change the world, each in their own way.
Montessori classrooms are tranquil environments, welcoming and comfortable, with beautifully crafted materials that can be tailored to fit so many learning styles. Children are motivated to explore, dream, accomplish and present new ideas. They are empowered from a young age to challenge themselves and think outside the box. Initial failure at a task, and the subsequent repetition required to master it, are celebrated as natural steps in the progression to really understanding a topic or developing a skill.
Community is an important aspect of the Sprouts way, which is apparent from the friendly handshake each child receives from the Head at the start of the school day, to the peer teaching that takes place in our mixed age environments. Each child is encouraged to be an observer, a teacher and a role model. Our children have a sense of pride in their place in the community and are always encouraged to think about ways to contribute.
An admission is purely based on vacancy and whether we can meet the needs of the individual child. Parental acceptance and agreement with the school’s philosophy is absolutely vital. We would like parents to share any special/health needs your child may have. This helps us understand the child better.
A child is officially enrolled in our program when the admission has been approved, an admission fee has been paid and application filled and submitted.
I look forward to getting to know your family though the admissions process.
After touring our premises and understanding our Montessori environments, you can avail yourselves of the prospectus and admission form from our school office where the admission process will be further explained.
For Prospectus – Visit Sprouts Montessori House of Children, Mylapore
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Montessori education unique?
One of the goals of Montessori education is to help children understand, and achieve their full potential. The child’s social and emotional self is considered to be just as important as the cognitive component, and to this end, Montessori teachers are trained to observe each child closely; how they interact with the materials, with the environment and their relationships with their peers. Ideally children are taught by the teacher for a three year cycle, which enables the teacher to wholly understand all aspects of the child; who they are, how they learn, what their strengths and challenges are. Children are curious learners, eager to acquire knowledge, and are capable of taking charge of their learning experience if they are provided with the tools and an environment that invites and challenges them to explore. Developmentally specific Montessori materials are presented in carefully prepared lessons by the teacher to individual students, or in small groups. Children collaborate on projects and research topics that capture their interest in the areas of mathematics, literacy, botany, history, zoology, earth sciences and culture. Children in Montessori environments are completely engaged in the learning experience, absorbed in their work, enthusiastic about school and confident in their interactions with others.
The Sprouts classrooms look peaceful and quiet. What kind of child is a good fit for your school?
Our welcoming, intimate classroom environments help children to comfortably socialize and readily forge friendships, whether they tend to be quiet and reserved or vivacious and animated. The classroom activities are structured to bring children together regularly in pairs or groups, both large and small. You are just as likely to see a child quietly reading in the book corner, as a group eagerly discussing their trip to Vandalur Zoo. Our peaceful environments are a happy, inviting place where children are completely absorbed in the activities they choose to pursue. The children are respectful of their community and use quiet voices so as not to disturb their friends who are engaged in activities around them. Children who are social and outgoing usually delight in our friendly, mixed age classrooms, where they can offer guidance to younger children and reach out for help from the older ones. Children who start out being quiet and shy, often find themselves drawn out by their older classmates, who help and guide them through their school day.
What is the reason for three-year age groups in the classroom?
The mixed-aged classes offer many benefits to the child. First, the younger children benefit from the example set by the older children, both academically and socially. The children learn from each other and learn to respect each other’s capabilities and learning styles. The older children benefit from assuming a leadership role in their class, helping the younger ones and sharing their knowledge. They develop a deeper sense of their personal journey by observing and recalling their own evolution in the classroom. The children develop a deep sense of community by spending three years in the same class. Finally, the mixed ages allow for small-group lessons that are geared to abilities, and recognize that each child develops at his or her own pace. Children develop a strong bond with the community of teachers and peers they spend three years with.
What is the advantage for my family of being part of a smaller school community?
At Sprouts, your child, and your family benefit from being part of a close community of like minded individuals. Communication between home and school is frequent and comprehensive, and because children typically spend a three year cycle with the teachers, they are known on a deeper level both cognitively and socially/emotionally. Experienced teaching faculty devises development goals and establishes a program that is tailored to the needs of each child. This is possible because of the three year cycle in a class, as well as the student teacher ratio. With our smaller size, Sprouts is uniquely situated to understand, nurture, and develop each child to his or her full potential.
What will be the timings for my child at your school?
- Toddler children (1½ – 3 years) attend five days a week (Mon – Fri) from 9:00am – 12:30pm
- Primary children (3 – 6 years) attend five days a week (Mon – Fri) from 9:00am – 2:30pm
- Elementary children (6-10 years) attend five days a week (Mon – Fri) from 8:45am – 3:30pm
- Early Adolescence (11-12 years) attend five days a week (Mon- Fri) from 8 30 am- 3:30pm
How does Sprouts prepare its students for their ongoing schools?
Sprouts children not only have a name for academic distinction, but also for their well rounded development, social and emotional strength and maturity. They are unusually adaptable, having learned to work well independently and in groups. They have been encouraged to make decisions and appropriate choices from a very young age, which allows them to be flexible problem solvers and out of the box thinkers. Our children, who have completed their 3 year cycle with us, are successful in their ongoing schools because they have a solid foundation in academic subjects (such as math, literature, writing, and history) and they understand how to ask questions, analyze problems, organize their time and their work, and take pride in the presentation of their ideas. They are curious learners and know how to ask the “big” questions and where to seek the answers. Sprouts alums attend some of the most demanding schools in the city.