International Children's House was founded in 2017 as a Montessori Program in Columbia, MD. During our experience, we worked with infants, toddlers, Pre-K and Kindergarten children, providing activities that promote social, emotional and intellectual development with programs such as: Spanish, Music, Yoga, Montessori Curriculum and S.T.E.A.M. Our highly trained, credentialed teachers nurture and cultivate each child’s curiosity while providing a strong foundation for continued academic success.
I.C.H provides a warm, vibrant, Educational Program designed to foster a love of learning and help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. We strive to educate the whole child and to inspire children to be caring, socially responsible participants in their community and world.
Our carefully prepared classroom is staffed with highly qualified, Montessori- certified Lead Guides (head teachers) and specially trained staff. Multi-age classrooms allow the children to learn from one another and to be valued contributors to the classroom community.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to be an active part in their child’s education. In addition to monthly newsletters, an active Facebook page, and a regularly updated website, we invite parents to observe in the classroom, join us on exploratory field trips, help us organize school events or fundraisers, and connect with each other informally, creating a network that links the classroom to the community, and in turn, to the world.
Our approach to education is based on the philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori, the first Italian female physician who founded the first Montessori school in Rome in 1907. Dr. Montessori believed that the goal of the educational process was to cultivate a child’s natural desire to learn. Dr. Montessori observed that all children have the same basic needs:
· The need for order – to organize, classify and interpret reality.
· The need for independence – the impulse to act personally upon and within reality.
· The need for social relationships.
· The need to experience reality through imagination.
· The Lead Guide carefully prepares the classroom environment and directs the activity of the classroom, but it is the child who learns. Dr. Montessori observed that children are motivated through the work itself and that children, like adults, learn best by doing rather than being filled with facts. Concentration, determination, and purpose established in early childhood lead to confident, successful learning later in life.
At M.I.C.H, children learn how to observe, think, and evaluate and experience the joy of learning. The Montessori approach is not a tweaking of traditional models of education, it is a completely different way of learning and teaching designed to prepare children for success in an increasingly complex world.