About Language Garden Montessori School
Compassionate Education & Child Care
Language Garden, LLC came into being when a very talented educator suddenly became available to focus her energies on working with young children across language and cultures.
The unique methodology of our Bellevue Montessori school is paired with traditional Montessori techniques to help reinforce learning as a natural part of the hands-on play and exploration of other subjects. We work with children between 2-1/2 and 6 years old. Our Director and Academic Director have been educators since 1989, so over 30 years.
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International Bellevue Montessori
The educational programs at Language Garden's bilingual Bellevue Montessori school were created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment. Our teachers are fully Montessori certified, as are others on our staff. Montessori certification ensures that materials are well understood and used properly. In general, we recommend a combination of both English and Chinese immersion. Take a look below to learn more about each program.
Ten benefits of Montessori education
1. Montessori works with key developmental stages.
The Montessori methodology focuses on key developmental stages in 2-1/2 to 6-year-old children. Younger children work more with large muscle groups and language skills. Four-year-olds focus on fine motor skills and learning everyday activities, like cooking, arts, and crafts. Children five-years-old and above expand their learning to include their communities, social networks, and the greater world at large.
2. Montessori is based on playing cooperatively.
In a true Montessori program, children guide their activities and focus more on what interests them, rather than having teachers “run” the classroom. Through focusing on a particular activity, other topics are introduced. For example, working with counting beads helps children work with both numbers and math and helps them work on motor skills that will help in other areas of the classroom. As a result, children often share work they like and help other children work and explore cooperatively in the various areas of a Montessori classroom. This encourages children to develop respect and build abilities to work with one another.
3. Montessori focuses on child-centered learning.
Preschool students in a Montessori program benefit from a classroom and curriculum designed around specific needs and abilities and results in exploration and learning that happens at each child’s own pace and terms. Classroom materials are at each child’s level and are within easy reach. Furniture is child-sized. At Language Garden Montessori School, even the toilets are child-sized. Older children in the classroom often mentor and teach younger children, creating a sense of community and camaraderie in the classroom.
4. Self-discipline happens naturally in a Montessori classroom.
Montessori allows children to select activities they want to work on. Each day, they choose the materials they prefer and decide and how long they spend on each task. There are basic “ground rules” for the class. These are consistently enforced by the teacher and other students and allow for the freedom of choice and learning styles. Environments like this naturally teach self-discipline and help with concentration, self-control, and motivation.
5. The Montessori environment naturally teaches order.
Each material, work, or object has a proper location on a shelf in a Montessori classroom. This allows for a natural sense of order and helps children learn that everything has its place and that through the self-discipline of putting things back in their place, a child’s need for an orderly environment can be created by him or her self. Through work in an orderly environment, children can release their innate creativity and focus.
6. Montessori teachers are facilitators.
Montessori teachers are more like “guides.” They are there to facilitate learning. Teachers follow what the children are attracted to and ensure that basic classroom ground rules are followed. Montessori teachers also encourage students to work at their own pace. Teachers don’t determine the pace of the overall classroom; each student determines his or her own pace. In almost all cases, the children learn very quickly because they are focused and engaged in the things that interest them.
7. Montessori methodology inspires creativity.
Because children choose their activities and work on their own, creativity is a natural result. Children work for the joy of the work. This focuses on the process than the result, which is an important path to creativity. It also allows for children to be exposed to many experiences and cultures and helps to broaden thinking about the world and its rich tapestry of peoples and cultures.
8. May be very effective in developing certain skills.
A 2006 article in the journal Science by Dr. Angeline Lillard, a professor of psychology from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, the abilities of children who have been taught in a Montessori school were higher in math and reading than those in other programs. Social development also was shown to be higher in Montessori students.
9. Montessori education is individualized to each student.
Montessori students explore activities and concepts at their own pace based on their own interests. They naturally will try more challenging areas, which accelerates learning as they discover that what was once hard can become easy with patience and persistence. Learning is not defined by the progress of an entire classroom but by the progress of each child working on what they wish to accomplish.
10. The Montessori curriculum focuses on hands-on learning.
One of the biggest advantages of Montessori education, especially in a preschool environment, is the focus on hands-on learning. Children work on things that are concrete and things that they can put their hands on (and often in). Through this, children learn math, culture, language, and practical life lessons. Teachers guide children to work on tasks that they are interested in and discourage other students from interrupting a student who doesn’t want help because he or she wants to figure it out “on my own.” The important years of 2-1/2 to 6 years old, basically pre-first-grade, prepare a student for many years to come by teaching them the skills needed to learn and master new ideas, concepts, and materials.
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Outstanding International Bellevue Montessori
From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at Language Garden's Bellevue Montessori are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive. We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their futures. Get in touch to learn more about us.
The Language Garden Montessori Team
Our People are Our Strength
Our Bellevue Montessori's staff members are passionate, dedicated, and loving, Language Garden, LLC teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference on young kids who come to our Preschool.
Chris's education experience includes many years of teaching ESL in academic and corporate settings, including working as an adjunct English instructor at National Tsing Hua university. Although quietly working behind the scenes to ensure that the staff and parents have what they need, his passion for children shows when he goes into a classroom.
Lead Teacher & Academic Director
Caroline began working in early childhood education and tutorials in 1989. She has worked in Montessori programs since 1997 in the U.S. and Taiwan. Her dedication to both families and her students have created lasting bonds over the years that go far beyond the few years that children study with her.
Joy was born and raised in Singapore. She graduated in Savannah, Georgia with a BFA in Animation in 2009. Before working at Language Garden LLC, she worked at companies in Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC animating children’s TV shows such as Netflix Veggie Tales, Leapfrog, Banana in Pajamas and Disney’s Elena of Avalor. Joy loves to interact and find opportunities to work with children. Her experience with children includes, but is not limited to, serving in child
ministry at church and volunteering in a couple of short mission trips in Cebu, Philippines and Kolkata, India. After having her son, she realized how important early childhood education is for children. This prompted her to make a career switch to something she feels is more
meaningful and fulfilling. Joy is dedicated to making sure each child receives the care and love they all deserve.