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Leavesden Montessori is located in Watford about a ten minute walk from Watford Junction.

Our Address is:
187 Leavesden Road, Watford
WD24 5EL

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All About Montessori

Leavesden Montessori House caters for the total development of each individual child. The spacious hall houses the full range of Montessori equipment within which there are specific areas within the environment to help the child with his/her development.

These are the Practical life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural, Science, Botany, Music and Art areas. Each child will be guided along the activities by the trained teachers. All the equipment is child sized and materials are placed on shelves that are easy to reach for the children. 

Social development is important in the children's house and there is an emphasis on mixed age grouping within the setting.

Individual learning is promoted within the school environment and the school recognizes that each child learns at a different pace and promotes this.

There is an emphasis on concrete learning where children experience concepts in concrete ‘hands on’ ways. The children are allowed the freedom to choose their activities and for the joy of working with these, which in turn lets them enjoy a sense of discovery. The children absorb information at an incredible rate and enjoy learning new tasks. The school encourages every child to follow their interests.


Practical Life

Practical life activities are the core of the child's development. Practical life activities are ordinary everyday life activities and yet they are core of the child's development. They help the child become independent and slowly build their confidence and concentration.

Grace and Courtesy

These group activities are on-going and presented to the child around the same time as the practical life activities. The child will be shown for example how to handle objects such as scissors or how to hold a chair. Simple social graces such as greetings or saying excuse me when passing in front of someone, are all part of these very important lessons.


"Maria Montessori believed that there was a relationship between the human intelligence and the senses and that these two worked together and greatly influenced the way human beings think and a dominant factor in the child’s development." 
(p.159 - 160 Maria Montessori, Her life and work, EM Standing)

The Montessori environment has sensorial materials for each of the senses. Senses help human beings to get information and are constantly collecting this helps them to distinguish, categorise and relate each particular property. Sensorial material in the children’s house caters for the natural development of the child and provides material for each of the senses: the tactile sense- touch; the visual – sight; smell – olfactory; hearing – auditory; and the taste – gustatory. These activities also prepare the child for further language and mathematical activities.


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