Little Peepal Montessori: Nurturing Children's Innate Potential Through Self-Directed Learning

Malvika Venkat ,PrincipalPreschool is a critical phase for a child's intellectual and social growth, where they acquire fundamental abilities. And Little Peepal Montessori is an enjoyable and interactive environment where kids can learn, play, and develop communication, socialization, basic literacy, and numeracy skills. This school has established itself as a place where children are allowed to develop at their own pace and in their own unique ways. It is a school founded upon the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, and educator, who believed that every child has immense potential that must be nurtured from a young age. Malvika Venkat, the Founder, understood how close the ideology was to the age-old way of living and learning in Indian culture, where the children are involved in everyday work alongside adults and given age-appropriate responsibilities. At Little Peepal, children are provided with an environment that fosters their innate curiosity and encourages them to explore and learn through self-directed activities.

Montessori education is a learning approach that prioritizes child-centered learning and independent activity. Little Peepal Montessori maintains international Montessori practices as specified by Association Montessori Internationale, Amsterdam, by investing in professional development and ongoing teacher training, implementing personalized assessment approaches, and prioritizing funding for educational equipment and materials.

Top-Quality Teaching & Student Support
Little Peepal Montessori is a renowned school that offers a diverse range of top-notch teaching and extracurricular activities. The school prioritizes the child and strives to provide them with excellent pastoral care and academic support to ensure their happiness, safety, and success. Little Peepal Montessori has an outstanding reputation for providing a space that encourages student-led learning, and they remain committed to delivering exceptional support to aid their students' physical, emotional, social, and academic growth and help them develop important skills for their future.

Little Peepal Montessori prioritizes the needs of every child by meticulously preparing the environment every day.
The school believes that children can learn from all experiences in an environment, as their absorption powers are limitless in these early years.Therefore, the school ensures that the learning environment is positive and conducive to each child's verbal and physical expression through work. “In the first six years of life, children absorb everything around them, and their experiences in the environment form the basis for developing their personality, values, character, and spirit. To provide the optimal support for this development, the adults and educators at Little Peepal Montessori prioritize the needs of the children and prepare a child-sized, accessible environment where they can learn to care for their individual self and their surroundings, help each other and work as a community”, says Malvika Venkat, Principal, Little Peepal Montessori. And most importantly adults know that to provide a positive environment, they must set aside their personal feelings and egos.

Fostering Self-Directed Learning
Children are born learners. Nobody teaches the child to roll over, reach for objects, sit, stand, or walk. It happens because of the child’s innate ability to learn from the environment and work on themselves to achieve these essential abilities. This self-directed learning is true for every aspect of the child’s learning and development and adults must provide them with every advantage for them to try repeatedly until they succeed by themselves, thus making them fearless, self-confident, and independent individuals. Little Peepal Montessori's approach is built upon this awareness and therefore caters to fostering selfdirected learning in children.

Little Peepal Montessori provides an environment where children are given the freedom to speak, explore, work, & learn while maintaining consistent practices that help them become confident & independent individuals with a love of learning throughout life

The school recognizes that children have an innate curiosity and desire to learn, and continually creates an environment that allows children to explore and learn at their own unhurried pace. One of the key ways in which Little Peepal Montessori fosters self-directed learning is by allowing children to have appropriate choices. By giving children the freedom to choose what they want to work on, the school promotes ownership over learning and encourages children to take responsibility for their education.

This approach helps to develop self-discipline in children, which is a critical skill for success in life. And it is proven that children are more open to trying new and challenging tasks when it is their choice. The school also recognizes the importance of strong roots of knowledge, which is symbolized by the Peepal tree (in their logo) under which Gautama Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment. Similarly, at Little Peepal Montessori, the aim is to help children establish a strong foundation of knowledge that they can build upon throughout their lives. By creating an environment that promotes self-directed learning, the school helps children to develop the skills and mindset they need to become lifelong learners, problem solvers, and self-directed achievers.

The Future Roadmap
Little Peepal Montessori is expected to maintain its focus on providing a high-quality Montessori education with a child-centered approach. It shows all signs of maintaining un-rushed and steady progress as it has since inception and will continue investing in professional development for its teachers periodically. Overall, the future of Little Peepal Montessori will likely be guided by its dedication to Dr. Montessori's principles and the academic success and wellbeing of its children.