Prime Montessori school: A private school alternative to daycares:
Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide and around 400 schools nation wise, serving children from the birth to eighteen years old.
Dr. Montessori possessed incredible sight and her scientific observations of child development have proven accurate both over the years and around the globe. In keeping with her observations and insights, Prime Montessori programs nurture the true potential of each child in carefully prepared classrooms with a full complement of specialized learning materials which simply do not exist in most daycare settings.
“The Montessori method encourages the child to choose for himself which concepts he will explore, develop good manners and behaviors and provides materials to assist him in his individual exploration of those concepts”, said Mr. Shree Prasad Banstola, Prime Montessori Founder and Head of School.
A child at Prime Montessori is exposed to concepts of zoology, botany, geometry, geography, algebra, history, science, chemistry, biology, art appreciation and expression and music all at a level that is inviting, approachable and understandable to the young child. In addition to the academic opportunities in the Prime Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to participate in daily activities such as preparing food, washing dishes, mapping floors and dusting shelves. Children experience the self worth that comes from being a meaningful and contributing member of the classroom community. Banstola agrees with Dr. Montessori assessment of the value in providing an early education for children. “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six for that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed, “Montessori wrote.
“During the daily work time, a child may not become involved with another child or his work, unless she is invited to do so. Each child is free to work with any material (at her ability level and once it has been introduced by the teacher), but she must treat it carefully and return it to its proper place on the shelf ready for the next person she is finished”, Banstola said.
Children have the opportunity to learn by working alone, in a small group, or by observing others as they work.
“They are often so good at buffering hurt feelings or helping a new child become adjusted to school. Older children really love to share what they know with the younger ones, and by doing so reinforce their learning, and by watching the older children work, the young ones are challenged and look forward to their future work activities”, Banstola said.
In staffing each school, Banstola has sought out teachers with more than just the right credentials and experience. Each teacher must have passion and commitment to the full development of each child.
Banstola loves the fact that Prime Montessori teachers exhibit patience, a sense of humor, and a wide variety of interests which he believes give them a right perspective of their work and allow them to further supplement their student’s lives.
Prime Montessori has an open door policy with parents and encourages parents involvement. Visitors are welcomed for school tours daily with or without an appointment.
I am very much grateful to the school advisor, Mr. Him Lal Poudel, for the greater assistance in preparing this valuable document of the school. At the same time, I always owe and debted by the greatest help and suggestions of well-wisher of the school, Mr. Deepak Paudel, Dev Raj Ghimire, Bishnu Prasad Ghimire, Ashok Banstola, Sanjaya Kishor Banstola, Him Bahadur Basnet, Ajaya Khadki, Annapurna Gurung. In addition, I am always grateful and thankful towards all my well wisher whom I forgot to mention at this time.
I am also very proud of my spouse and the son for being along with me in every ups and downs in the establishment and efficient running of the school.
Mr. Shree Pd. Banstola
Prime Montessori School