At Top Hat Montessori we provide an international environment. Our teachers speak fluent French, Spanish, Hindi, Farsi, and English and we expose the children to these languages. We incorporate secular Mindfulness into our 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 yoga; 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.