School has begun – Montessori in India


As previously mentioned, we decided to keep our kids in a Montessori – style of education, since our 5 year old is familiar with it, and our children’s personality match the open “introduce, learn, do, teach” model. 

However, the word ‘MONTESSORI’ is thrown everywhere in playgroups/nursery in India so finding real Montessori in India is difficult. In south India it is slightly more popular, but here in the Mumbai area, with around 18 million people, affiliated Montessori schools number in the 20s. 

This school year (except for the pricey American School of Bombay and IB schools) starts in mid-June in India.

We were to start last Monday, but due to delays with the carpenter our small Montessori delayed school start to this past Friday, making today day 5. 

There they are on the way to school. Yes we use the old way to install carseats in India 

The kids are learning new things. They are in a school of around 30 students, in the same class due to mixed age.

The only potential issue is that our daughter is the oldest at 5 … Oldest by a long shot. In chatting with the parents, they end up pulling their kids out before Sr kg due to admissions for 1st standard. The worry here, since schools are competitive, is that without an affiliation, their child will not get into a good school, which, of course effects their ability to be a topper at their medical school :-)

Our 3 year old is the age in the us or England, where Montessori would start the three year program. Here kids start at early 2 (we have one 22 month old in this class!) and then transition to a big school. The parents have some idea on the Montessori style and why they chose it over something like Eurokids or Rainbow school, but their fear prevents them from continuing the program as originally designed by Maria Montessori. 

I do not know about next year, but the single elementary program for Montessori in Mumbai is in Khar, quite a travel for us. 

V has mentioned going with the other kids to school (Yay for friends), between I explained the basics of rote learning, sitting in desks (1st graders at one local private school go for 5 hours, they start with prayers, then exercise, then have seven  30 minute blocks of classes, with one 20 minute recess. Otherwise, the teachers travel classrooms. Eek. Will V sit for dictation exercise. Looking through one friend’s workbook, the talk of joint and nuclear family and the “grandfather is head of a joint family”…. I have no clue if she can relate! This is an SSC school and so that is what the state wants them to be tested on in environmental studies.

We have until December to work through this issue!

Montessori practical life, chapati making. Real ingredients, real making. Real life.

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  1. Kids sure do start school at a young age there don’t they? here in the US, they would still be in Child Care at the age of 2., although my Grandsons child care teaches them like a preschool would do.
    So, it sounds like you have to drive your kids to school?

  2. I always find education so interesting in different countries. Starting school at 2 is really early by American standards but I think the sooner you start educating your kids the better chance they will have.

  3. It sounds like you’ve got your hands full with finding the perfect schooling situation. Wishing you luck that everything works out just as you’d like!


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