The Montessori International School of Vietnam seeks to enable all its students to achieve their full potential by providing them with a nurturing and stimulating environment, and by being sensitive and responsive to their individual needs. The School strongly emphasises the development of the child’s qualities and skills that will help them become happy, confident and responsible individuals with an intrinsic motivation for life-long learning.
The Montessori International School of Vietnam (MIS) takes great pride in providing care and education to children in their formative years. Parents expect different things from their child’s first schooling experience. Some parents come to me and say that they would like their child just to be happy. Others expect their child to be academically advanced when leaving our programme.
At MIS, happy experiences and academics are not mutually exclusive. They are components of our curriculum and programme, but they are neither the end nor the beginning of the child’s education. We strive to bring out the whole and best human being in each child. This is achieved from following the Montessori method, which see our endless effort and improvement to meet each child’s growing needs and interests. At all ages, children are allowed to naturally follow their own path, develop their own interest and opinion. They are guided to realise their own strength and weakness and learn how to improve themselves. In a fast changing world where information and knowledge can be obtained through different channels, where our children will grow up with wider usage of Artificial Intelligence, academic abilities alone are not enough to help them succeed. At MIS, children learn how to study, establish a love of learning and the ability to think outside the box, and develop their empathy and emotional intelligence. These are important attributes and skills that will enable them in the future to embrace challenges, be proactive to create and make necessary changes that bring betterment and happiness to themselves and others throughout their lives.
For our infants and toddlers, we incorporate the globally recognised Resources for Infant Educating® (RIE®) approach through an environment that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Care and relationship is part of the curriculum. At 3-6yrs, our children enjoy and benefit from the Montessori education, which offers as a natural way to learn and absorb the world around them. At 6-12yrs, through the Montessori 'Cosmic and Peace' education, students continue to embrace the world and to find inner calmness and outer peace. IT and computer skills, performing and visual arts are included in the curriculum to prepare them to enter the next level of education after finishing their experience with us.
I take great pleasure and pride in founding the first Montessori school in Vietnam. MIS has been providing authentic Montessori education since its establishment in 2007, one hundred years after the inception of the first Montessori class in Rome in 1907.
Following the worldwide significant growth, Montessori education in Vietnam has seen a phenomenal surge in recent years. I am also proud to have helped train and coach many Head Teachers and Teaching Assistants (via the School and in other schools in HCMC).
Montessori inspired schools are now found outside of the major metropolitan areas in the country. From its pioneer role, MIS has contributed, and will continue to do so, to the development of the Montessori education in Vietnam.
I invite all families who are interested in seeing an authentic Montessori school to visit us and spend some time in our school get to know our community. I am happy to sit down with you and answer any questions that you may have. I am excited to welcome your child upon their first visit. When they are younger than 18 months, we offer home visits to know your child better before their first day of school. In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you all the very best.
The School follows guidance used by some international schools in the country and the region with regards to what happens when air quality in the city becomes particularly poor. All classrooms also have air-purifiers. Classrooms, on top of the normal daily clean, are ‘deep cleaned’ by a professional cleaning company. The School has routine fumigation to kill mosquitoes.
We respect the individual and the community, and appreciate and celebrate diversity among individuals and cultural backgrounds. We follow Montessori's behavioural model on Grace and Courtesy.
We seek to inspire an understanding of personal actions and their consequences, and through this strengthen the individual’s desire to work for the betterment of the school and outside community, through leading by action. For example, the school and students provide support for the Hoa Mẫu Đơn and Christina Noble orphanages
Each child learns to look after and clean up after themselves. This includes, feeding themselves from an early age, hand-washing, brushing teeth, brushing hair, cleaning shoes, cleaning windows and floors, cleaning up their place, cleaning up their table after lunch.
We inspire a life-long love for learning through allowing children the freedom to choose work that they find to be both challenging and interesting, and by also allowing the children the time to repeat and master the skill that which they are trying to develop.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the most influential pioneers in Early Childhood Education in the 20th century. Her philosophy and method have become known and recognised throughout the world and have significantly influenced mainstream education.
Dr. Montessori advocated that education should be for independence, liberty and empowerment of the child. She referred to her approach of education as an ‘aid to life’ that focuses on the development of the human personality, not solely the acquisition of information.
Montessori education seeks to create a link between school-learning and society-encouraging initiative and independent learning and the development of self-discipline and responsible social behaviour.
Peace through education is a very large part of the Montessori philosophy and begins early on in a child’s experience in a Montessori classroom.
In the Kindergarten classroom (3-6 years old), the children are taught lessons of grace and courtesy. They are shown how not to disrupt another person’s work, how to walk around a working mat, and how to put back their work so that it is ready for the next person to use, for example. As small as these lessons seem, these and others like them bring to awareness of the idea that the child needs to be respectful to those around them and that their actions have impacts on others.
Also in the 3-6 class, we start exploring other cultures so that the children see the wide diversity of humanity. And, at the end of the day each child is given a task to help clean and care for the environment. Children can see that the smallest tasks, such as sharpening of pencils ready for the next day, has an impact on the community as a whole.
At the Elementary level (6-12 years old) because of the child’s shift towards morality, ideology, and ability to think abstractly, we start telling them stories and encouraging them to research those who have the most profound positive impact on humanity. Woven into the stories we tell, we try to inspire in the elementary child a respect for those who have come before us, the contributions they have made, and the idea that when they get out into the world, they can make a positive impact as well. Just as in the 3-6 class, the children are given more responsibility in care of the environment, and we emphasize that they need to work together as a community for the community to function at its best.