Welcome to Top Hat Montessori

Montessori preschool, daycare, and Kindergarden in Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD)

At Top Hat Montessori we provide an international environment cultivating an appreciation for different languages and different cultures, exposing children to foreign languages, including Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Russian, and French. Our teachers speak fluent French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and English, and some of them can read Arabic. We expose our children to these languages, as research shows that exposing young children to foreign languages when they are very young makes it easier for them to learn these languages when they are older.

Secular Mindfulness training is an inherent part of our holistic program and we welcome students, teachers, families, and visitors from all religions, all walks of life, all parts of the world, and from every cultural tradition in our Montessori preschool and daycare in the Flower Hill area of Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD). We value diversity in our school very much and we appreciate and celebrate all of the differences in people that make the world an interesting place to live.

Montessori is not just about formal education, but also includes giving children the support they need to go through the natural process of growth and development so that they can be the best and the most compassionate and successful people they can be, not just later in life, but now.

Our after-care program incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach. The Reggio Emilia approach is similar to Montessori in that it is a student-centered and constructivist method that utilizes self-directed, experiential learning, in relationship-oriented environments, and is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. The Reggio Emilia Approach was developed by pedagogist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the villages around the city of Reggio Emilia,  Italy, and derives its name from that city.

Our after-care program includes activities such as mindfulness training that encourages loving-kindness, empathy, transforming emotions like anger and sadness into more positive states, and concentration; art; exposure to foreign languages and cultures; and baking and preparing food in ways that are healthy according to the latest research.

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We strive to equip every young learner with the necessary skills, knowledge, and learnings that are essential for the enhancement of their learning development.

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The world is a better place when diverse people come together and learn from each other. We are patient with each other’s different points of view, and seek to understand first, before


Every person has a light inside themselves, and we respect the value of that light inside ourselves and others. We never demean or criticize a child, another staff member, or a parent.


Close contact with others can naturally lead to conflict. We seek to turn that conflict to creativity and open minded problem solving. We speak to each other often, sharing ideas and getting help with issues.


A passion for learning keeps us all feeling young and excited about life. We share our excitement for learning with the children, encouraging their curiosity and teach them how to find answers to their questions.


In a community, each person must take care of themselves, and shares a responsibility for the care of their environment. We all check for tasks that need to be done, lending a hand whenever possible.


We strive to maintain a sense of peace inside ourselves, and to create a sense of peace around us. We do not call out across a room; we do not hurry or rush; as adults, we restrain our emotional responses to the children so that we may calmly guide them.