IMS creates an innovative, Dual-Language Montessori community that fosters the full development of each child. In 2002, the idea of opening a school that offered each child the opportunity to reach his or her own potential without limits through the Montessori curriculum in a Dual-Language setting was a dream. Today, we know that this unique approach to learning and developing does indeed give our children exactly what we dreamt about, and so much more than we imagined. It is a joy to witness the sheer volume of possibilities the Montessori environment enables for each child, and to hear the natural mix of English and Putonghua ringing out in the hallways and classrooms at IMS.
The brain’s Executive Functions are encouraged and developed in an authentic – bilingual – Montessori environment at each level (Toddler through Adolescence) – building strong foundations for learning and life.
Dr. Maria Montessori observed that as a child gets older, they move into distinct new stages of development, and so learn differently as they grow. This brain development is influenced by experience. Younger children learn by actively engaging with hands-on materials, while older children are engaged by stories. The Montessori environment nurtures children in each stage of their development by catering to their changing needs.
This unique approach embraces children’s curiosity and allows them to learn in a natural way through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration.
The importance of the brain’s Executive Functions (self-regulation) has become a topic of great interest recently, as recent Longitudinal research has turned developmental psychology on its head: showing that strong Executive Functions at age 4 are a more important predictor of positive life outcomes than intelligence, parent income, and education.
The phrase “executive function” refers to a set of skills. These skills underlie the capacity to plan ahead and meet goals, display self-control, follow multiple-step directions even when interrupted, and stay focused despite distractions, among others.
An authentic – bilingual – Montessori environment encourages effective brain development of the Executive Functions at each level (Toddler through Adolescence) – building strong foundations for learning, creating, and success in life.