History and Introduction

Our Lady's Grove Montessori was established in 1993 on the grounds of Our Lady's Grove Primary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14.
It continued on the grounds of the school until June 2017. Ruth secured new premises at 187 Trimbleston, Goatstown in January 2017 and opened an additional class there in February 2017. From September 2017 there will be two morning classes and an afternoon class in 187 Trimbleston.
It was set up by Ruth Kelly BA Mont Ed, a past pupil of both Our Lady's Grove primary and secondary schools. 
Montessori education is about creating an inclusive environment to meet the developing needs of each child.
Children are free to choose their own work and work at their own pace. The materials in the class has been carefully selected by the teachers to provide variety, interest and the necessary learning experiences.
The Montessori focus is on the whole child's development.
The practical life exercises help them to develop dexterity skills and life skills. Learning how to do buttons and zips and controlled movements in spooning and pouring exercises.
Sensorial exercises let the child experience learning through the senses. Cylinders and cubes and grading colours from dark to light.
Numbers and phonetic sounds are introduced on sandpaper.
Socially they learn turn taking and how to help others. How to greet people and listen to others also has to be taught at this age.
Arts and crafts gives the child freedom to express their imagination in a visual way and also helps them aquire new skills(ie. using a scissors).
Music is enjoyed by all children and at a young age they love to sing songs. They also enjoy being quiet and listening to classical music.
Outdoor play time is important and the freedom to run and play in a safe environment is very welcome each day.