History

Montessori House Belgium

History

History
1995
1995

Montessori House Belgium opens its doors

Montessori House Belgium opens its doors
In September 1995, Montessori House Belgium opened its doors to a group of eighteen children. With one class, two staff and a lot of enthusiasm, teachers and students alike looked forward to the adventure ahead. We only had the basic required Montessori material but did possess a strong desire to nurture the children in our care, as well as a strong will to succeed. Michele and I learnt very early in our careers that children love to learn and not to be taught. Teaching should not be about correcting the child but guiding the child in an unobtrusive manner. We created an environment that children could explore, touch, and learn without hesitation and where each child learned at his or her own pace.
1996
1996

Mia Van Cauwelaert joins the school

Mia Van Cauwelaert joins the school
By word of mouth our reputation grew and in March 1996, we invited a dear colleague, Mia Van Cauwelaert to join the school. We now had two classes catering for twenty-four children, ages 2 to 6.
1998
1998

Addition of an Elementary class

Addition of an Elementary class
1998 saw the addition of an Elementary class, ages 6 to 9. This was a demand created by the parents, who wanted their children to continue working in an environment that was doing wonders for their confidence and self-esteem.
2006
2006

Montessori House Brussels

Montessori House Brussels
To mark the Montessori Centenary in 2006, we opened another school in Brussels near square Montgomery with a colleague. Montessori House Brussels established itself quickly and after a few years when the school was running smoothly, we decided to return our full focus to Montessori House Belgium in Braine L’Alleud.
2018
2018

Present

Present
The school has continued with three classes since. We have often thought about expanding and moving to bigger premises but have resisted the temptation. We love the warm, friendly atmosphere of our school, where every teacher knows the name of each child and where children are treated as individuals.