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  • Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

    — Maria Montessori


    We are excited to announce that we plan to expand our Infant/Toddler community in May, 2016.  If your child is less than 3 years old, sign up for a tour today.  We offer full time programs for all children under 3, plus we have some openings for Morning Preschool either every day, or 2 or 3 mornings per week.

    Priority registration for our Preschool Summer Camp for children ages 3 to 6 ends on April 1st.  Check out our Summer Camp page for more information, and to register your child.

    Registration for fall for our Primary age class, for children ages 3 to 6, including Kindergarten, is Open.  Schedule your tour today so your child can attend in the fall.

  • Our Mission

  • A child’s first years set the foundation for how they view themselves and the world around them for the rest of their life.  We believe a strong foundation for the future requires Compassion, Confidence, Love of Learning, and a Global Outlook.  

    Our Montessori program teaches children Compassion through the example set by our teachers, the way we help children learn to resolve conflicts, and our expectation that they treat each other and their classroom with respect.  Caring for pets also teaches children responsibility to care for those who can’t take care of themselves.

    Confidence produces a sense of joy.  Montessori children can be more joyful than those in traditional day care or preschool settings, because they are allowed to explore their specially-prepared classroom on their own.  The materials and furniture in the room are all designed for them to use, to learn.  The children grow in confidence as they discover their own abilities, and as they accomplish challenging tasks.

  • Learning is interesting and fun for Montessori children when they use the materials developed by Maria Montessori over years of careful observation of how young children learn.  When their brains and bodies are ready to learn something, the materials are there, and the teachers are prepared to guide them.  Curiosity is encouraged, and children can explore many subject areas including colors, shapes, numbers, smells, sounds, writing, nature, maps, and more.  At Top Hat Montessori we enrich our traditional Montessori program with lessons in ArtMusicYoga, and Spanish, exposing the children to a wide range of creative and interesting activities.

    Both our student body and our teaching staff mirror the diverse population of our area.  We respect and celebrate different languages and cultures through our celebration of world holidays, stories and art from around the world, and exploration of maps and globes to understand our place in the world.  As global commerce and international relations impact our lives, the world our children will grow into will require a deeper understanding of the rich variety of people and cultures around the world.

  • Contact Us

    Conveniently located in the Flower Hill Professional Center

    18243-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD  20879

    (240) 813-0713 • info@tophatmontessori.com

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