In all Montessori environments, students are of mixed ages. At Montessori International Bordeaux, elementary school students are divided into two environments of about twenty students.
CP and CE1 students work in the same class, while CE2, CM1, and CM2 students study together.
The mixture of ages is a great wealth for all. Younger ones see the older ones doing and behaving as examples. They are stimulated without being pushed and are eager to do as well as their elders. The older ones learn the values essential to their well-being: respect for others, mutual help, benevolence.
Class starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Children start two mornings a week in the French atmosphere, two mornings in the English atmosphere. They study language, mathematics in French, as well as history, geography, and science. After lunch, the children change class to study in the other language.
Spanish and Chinese classes take place at a defined time in the school day.
After class, students can stay in daycare, help with homework or attend enhanced English classes.
In the middle of each half-day there is a moment of group gathering in a circle. This is an opportunity to practice speaking in public, learning to listen, participating in a lesson together, singing together or reciting a poem.
Then the children share a small snack. Each week a student is in charge of the snack of his class. He distributes himself to his comrades what he has brought. This moment of sharing is also an opportunity to remember the rules of politeness.
The students will then enjoy the school garden for a break.
Once a week, children have lessons in sports, art and music. The child is therefore educated in its entirety: well in his body, well in his head, well in his environment, well with others.
Students also take care of the school rabbit. They learn to pay attention to it, a responsibility that helps them to grow while still enjoying themselves.