Global Montessori International School, Berkeley

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Global Montessori International School

510-845-6969

office@gmis-berkeley.com

2830 9th St.

Berkeley CA 94710

8am - 6pm

Monday to Friday

Global Montessori International School

123 456 789

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Montessori

A Day in the Life at GMIS

Caring, gentle teachers

Our son went to GMIS for preschool and loved it. Caring, gentle teachers, a strong parent community and Mandarin - all that we could hope for.

Orion Reblitz-Richardson

2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Orion Reblitz-Richardson

Our son went to GMIS for preschool and loved it. Caring, gentle teachers, a strong parent community and Mandarin – all that we could hope for.

Best Choice

GMIS is such an incredible school. We always tell other parents it's the best school in the area because you get the Mandarin language education PLUS Montessori program. It's the best choice we've made to enroll our child in this school.

Sharline C.

2017-09-08T10:51:13+00:00

Sharline C.

GMIS is such an incredible school. We always tell other parents it’s the best school in the area because you get the Mandarin language education PLUS Montessori program. It’s the best choice we’ve made to enroll our child in this school.

Dedicated Parents

The teachers and staff at GMIS genuinely care for the well-being of all the students.  They provide a warm, supportive environment for kids to learn and explore the world around them. I feel fortunate to be involved with a school with such enthusiastic and dedicated parents, who are also fun to be around.

Bruce M.

2017-09-08T10:57:04+00:00

Bruce M.

The teachers and staff at GMIS genuinely care for the well-being of all the students.  They provide a warm, supportive environment for kids to learn and explore the world around them. I feel fortunate to be involved with a school with such enthusiastic and dedicated parents, who are also fun to be around.

What makes Montessori unique and relevant in today’s world?

A Whole Child Approach

How do we help each child reach his/her full potential in all areas of life, not just pure academics through rote memorization? How do we build self confidence and motivation to explore and learn? These are the primary goal of a Montessori program. All of our activities promote the development of social skills, creative, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. The holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning and to develop self-esteem and independence. GMIS also incorporates music, arts and physical education to broaden the child’s senses and development.

Prepared Environment

In order for self-directed learning to take place, the learning environment room, materials and social climate must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. Each child learns exactly where each subject matter is, how to share the resources with others and how to complete a task. The teacher thus gains the children’s trust, which gives them confidence to try new things at the child’s own pace. Success with his or her exploration builds further self-confidence and greater exploration.

Montessori Materials

Montessori materials are multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate learning of skills and concepts. For example, the pincer tool in the practical life section is fun for a young 3-year-old actually serves to develop the child’s dexterity for writing in the future. Understanding through visualization is a significant part of the Montessori learning process. A child learns counting with actual objects and beads. They can see and feel how the beads lengthen as the number gets larger. They can see multiplication and subtraction taking place. From this foundation, they can easily transition into abstract reasoning.

Montessori Teachers

A Montessori teacher functions as a facilitator of learning. She is a role model, designer of the learning environment, provider of resources , demonstrator, record-keeper, and observer of each child’s growth and development. She encourages, respects, and loves each child as a special, unique individual. She also provides support and education for parents and joins them in partnership to nurture the development of the child.

How it Works

Each Montessori classroom operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules that differs from age to age and is always based on core Montessori beliefs of respect for each other and for the environment. Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they chose, either alone or in cooperation with others. Through observation of the children in the class, a teacher can determine which new activities and materials should be introduced to an individual child or to a group of children. The goal is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery and group collaboration within the whole community.

Multi-Age Grouping

Dr. Montessori observed that in general, children seem to exhibit major step-function jumps in social requirements and cognitive abilities. Also, these jumps seem to occur in 3-year increments. At GMIS, children are grouped into 18 months to three years, three to six years, and elementary ages The three-year-age grouping in each class provides a family-like environment where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning. Repetition of introduces different aspects of work previously encountered. As children master a subject the child has opportunities to teach that subject to others in his or her group.