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Passion for Excellence

Da Vinci Montessori has been setup with the mission to provide for children’s innate love of learning. We nurture a wide range of interests to feed their natural curiosity.

Our program inspires a passion for excellence in children, nurtures their curiosity, creativity and imagination; teaches timeless values and seeks to awaken each child’s full potential as a human being.

Our goal is to sow the seeds of knowledge and culture that will blossom in our atmosphere of kindness, respect and intellectual inquiry

Why Da Vinci?

Our name is inspired by – Leonardo Da Vinci one of the most talented and multifaceted  individuals in the history of mankind. Known popularly for his ‘Mona Lisa’, it was Leonardo Da Vinci who designed the first flying machine on the principles of which modern day airplanes are based. Additionally, Da Vinci was a mathematician, engineer, scientist anatomist, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

We believe that every child is born with many different talents that often remain unexplored. At Da Vinci Montessori we want our children to get in touch with each of their senses, talents and emotions and thus discover themselves just as they discover the world around them.

I do not want my house to be walled on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any

– M.K. Gandhi

Fresh Air and More…

Babulnath

Our Babulnath environment is situated in the exclusive premises of Aditya Birla Center and has one of the most spacious and airy preschool environments in all of South Mumbai. The school opens out to a large terrace with lots of space for children to revel in outdoor activities—be it skipping, hopping or even gardening!

Marine Drive

Our Marine Drive environment has spacious classrooms lined with large windows to let in fresh air and plenty of sunlight. The interiors designed specifically for our Montessori provide a comfortable learning environment for children.

Medical Emergencies

Da Vinci Montessori partners with Healthspring to attend to any medical emergency that occurs on our facility.

Healthspring Community Medical Centers provide high-quality medicine at 4 locations across Mumbai. Healthspring focuses on providing excellent medical care that meets the highest international standards, doing so in a highly patient-friendly, ethical and transparent way.

www.healthspring.in

Location: Healthspring, 2nd floor, Advani Chambers, Kemps Corner. 022 67483636

The child is truly a miraculous being and this should be felt deeply by the educator

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Our Team – Expertise, Experience, Commitment

Ashani Hirway

Founder and School Head

As Head of School, Ashani is involved with curriculum planning, parent-relations and provides overall leadership to the school.

After completing her MBA from Wharton School, Ashani worked as a strategy consultant for global clients in New York and Mumbai. Prior to this Ashani worked as a hardware engineer in the Silicon Valley post her BE from Gujarat University and MS from Purdue University (USA).

While Ashani has always had a passion for education, the birth of her daughter Sanaya, inspired her to follow her heart and give in to her passion; the result of which is Da Vinci. Ashani has been trained to teach at and start Montessoris worldwide by Association Montessori Internationale, headquartered in the Netherlands.

Aarushi Shah

Directress, Primary

Aarushi Shah is a trained directress having acquired her certificate from AMI.

Her love to be with children and passion to teach led her towards montessori course in parallel with her graduation . She aims at learning with the children and from the children.

Bhumika Kadakia

Directress – Toddlers, Babulnath

Bhumika Kadakia Awasthi is a trained directress having acquired her AMI diploma from Ratan Tata Institute in the year 2010.

She has worked with children at Activity Infant School.

Ritu Shah

Directress –Toddlers, Babulnath

Ritu Shah is a trained Montessori directress and has acquired her certification from Association Montessori Internationale.

After completing her LL.B. from Mumbai, Ritu worked as an officer with Hongkong Bank for 4 years and as an Advocate Assistant with a leading law firm – Wadia, Gandhy & Co. in Mumbai for 5 years.

Becoming a mother to Rhea made her realise the uniqueness of children and take up the Montessori training. Ritu has more than 5 years of experience working with children and loves children for what they are and for what they become.

Suchi Shah

Directress – Primary, Babulnath

Suchi is a trained Montessori directress, obtained a certificate from AMI. She has a ten years of work experience in a Montessori teaching environment at Activity Infant School.

She continues her unique style of teaching for the foreseeable future.

Suchi is very passionate towards her students. She creates many interactive and enjoyable activities to help built the children’s basic fundamentals of everyday life.

Suchi believes Montessori method is where the teacher serves to connect the children to the activity so that learning can happen.

Tina Mehta

Directress– Primary, Babulnath

Tina has strong passion towards working with children and her personal belief that teaching is all about learning, inspired her to take up the Montessori course alongside her graduation.

She has over 17 years of enriched experience working with children at schools like Casa Bambino and Activity Infant school. Children’s happy faces and curious minds inspire her to give her best every single day.

Virali Doshi

Directress – Primary, Babulnath

After completing her graduation in Commerce from H.R.College, alongside a diploma in Event Management, Virali found her true calling in Education. Her lack of belief in the rat race where a child is not given time to learn at his own pace, stimulated her to embark on a journey as an Educator. She strongly believes that the greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. She has gained her Montessori certification from the Association Montessori Internationale. Alongwith being associated with Da Vinci, Virali also runs her own bakery under the brand name ‘Sweeetilicious’.

Bhakti Bhatia

Directress (Toddlers, Marine Drive) & Hindi and Yoga

Bhakti Bhatia is a certified yoga trainer from Kaivalyadham, Mumbai. She has also done an Assistants Montessori Programme organised by the Association Montessori Internationale.

Bhakti has a strong interest in spirituality , linguistics and humanities. Bhakti’s interest in working with children and yoga further deepened while her son Yug was in embryo.

Bhakti has a background in sales and media marketing. After studying Public Relations at Xavier Institute of Communications, she has worked with companies such as The Times of India, BASF and C. Bhogilal & Co. Fort.

Fiona Poojara

Directress – Toddlers and Primary, Marine Drive

After working with leading mass communication firms and teaching journalism in colleges as a visiting faculty, Fiona followed her passion to become a full time educator. She gained her Montessori certification from the Association Montessori Internationale, headquartered in Netherlands. She also worked closely with the Ratan Tata Montessori Training Institute. She loves children and believes that education is her true calling.

Ruchi Row

Directress–Toddlers, Marine Drive

Ruchi acquired her AMI diploma from the Ratan Tata Institute (2000, Mumbai). after completing her BA from St. Xaviers’ College. She has several years of work experience at Montessori preschools including Activity Infant School. In addition to setting up multiple environments and developing resources at these schools, she also worked with children with special needs. Ruchi has in the past worked as a Speech and Drama trainer for courses offered by Trinity College London. She has also scripted and presented puppet shows for children. Ruchi views teaching as her calling, passion and joy, and strives to ‘learn’ from the children each day!

Nisha Wahid

Directress– Primary, Marine Drive

Nisha is a trained Montessori teacher having acquired her certification from Association Montessori Internationale. Nisha has over 17 years of experience working with children at Activity Infant School (Pedder Road, Mumbai), Casa Montessori (Marine Drive, Mumbai) and Da Vinci Montessori.

Over the years Nisha has continued to train herself through a variety of Montessori refresher courses and has attended many conferences on the subject. She has a keen interest in early childhood education and works towards assisting children in their natural process of development

Sakshi Bansal

Directress– Primary, Marine Drive

Sakshi graduated from Mumbai University and Shortly after, she discovered Montessori education and completed the Montesorri training, AMI certified for primary children from Ratan Tata institute.  She is excited to work with the children and sees her role as guiding each child through the Montessori curriculum to meet his or her own potential and to instill a lifelong love of learning. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music, art and painting.

Tasneem Haveliwala

Class Teacher – Afterschool Care, Marine Drive

Tasneem is a trained pre school teacher having done her teacher’s training diploma from Sophia College.
She has over 12 years of enriched experience in pre school teaching working in schools like D.Y Patil international school, Children’s Nook (Gamdevi) and Kangaroo Kids.
She has also worked with children with special needs at the Manu Prem school.
She is also a qualified interior designer.
Tasneem views being with children as a ‘de stresser’. She loves to interact with children and strives to create a happy, comfortable and serene environment for the children.

A Doctor Like No Other

Born on August 31, 1870, in the small town of Chiaravalle in eastern Italy, Maria Montessori was described from a very early age as having a powerful character with a strong sense of duty and an assertive nature. True to her convictions, Maria Montessori went on to graduate from medical school and became the first female physician in Italy’s history. Dr. Montessori opened the very first casa de bambini or “children’s house” in a poor quarter of the San Lorenzo tenements. It was there that she began to develop what would later become known as the Montessori approach to the education of young children.

Her approach to education stemmed from a solid grounding in biology, psychiatry and anthropology. She studied children of all races and cultures in many countries around the world, soon seeing the universality of the laws of human development played out before her.

“A child’s work” wrote Maria Montessori, “is to create the man he will become. An Adult works to perfect the environment but a child works to perfect himself.” “The hands,” wrote Dr. Maria Montessori, “are the instrument of man’s intelligence.” From birth to six years of age, children have what she called an ‘Absorbent Mind’. During this time, children form their personality and self. Mind memory, power to understand, and ability to think through impressions gained from the environment are all constructed during this time.

The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child’s inner directives freely guide the child towards wholesome growth.

Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous,, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Mind, Hand and Heart

The traditional educational system was designed during the industrial revolution to train generations of factory workers. Children were instructed to memorize and regurgitate facts – to stop working when the bell rings and ask for permission to move.

This system is no longer relevant.

Today, success is marked by creativity and originality rather than the ability to follow orders. We are expected to adapt quickly to changes in the dynamic world increasingly interconnected by globalization.

Our World needs critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and do-ers.

The Montessori system of education brings together the mind, the hand and the heart of a child to provide a unique educational experience. It is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of each child to maximize his potential. The Montessori System helps develop leaders who can think independently and creatively. To know about some of the most successful Montessorians  and Montessori promoters, check this.

Montessori Education

Traditional Education

Views the child holistically, valuing cognitive, psychological, social, and spiritual development. Views the child in terms of competence, skill level, and achievement with an emphasis on core curricula standards.
Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom activity; child is an active participant in learning. Teacher has dominant, active role in classroom activity; child is a passive participant in learning.
A carefully prepared learning environment and method encourages development of internal self-discipline and intrinsic motivation. Teacher acts as a primary enforcer of external discipline promoting extrinsic motivation.
A three year mixed age group leads to collaborative, supportive and trusting learning environment. Same age group limit collaboration, support and hence learning among peers.
Values concentration and depth of experience; allows uninterrupted time for focused work cycle. Values completion of exercises, time is tightly managed.
Child allowed to spot own errors through feedback from the materials; errors are viewed as part of learning process. Work is usually corrected by the teacher; errors are viewed as mistakes.
Child can work where he/she is comfortable and the child often has choices between working alone or with a group that is highly collaborative among older students. Child is usually assigned a specific workspace; talking among peers discouraged.