Forest Hill International School Montessori Daycare & Preschool Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Inspirational teaching and caring, providing your child every opportunity to learn,
explore, flourish, grow and understand their world.


Infant Classrooms:

In our youngest group of children, ages 3 months through 18 months, we use the Montessori Method to prepare the environment in such a way that children are learning easily.  Simple Montessori ‘Toys’ are used to stimulate our youngest children to use their senses.  They use their hands to grasp, touch and hold, they use their mouth to explore texture and temperature; they use their eyes to follow motion and gaze at colors; and they use their hearing to follow sounds.

Movement is associated with brain development.  Our youngest children are allowed to move freely and we ensure they have enough tummy time to develop strength, they move easily through the stages of rolling over, crawling, pulling up and walking.  If children are given the freedom to move when they are younger, their gross motor development will flourish.

We follow the children’s interests, communicate with them through conversation, respect their sleeping patterns and ensure their mealtimes are positive and pleasant experiences.

Toddler Classrooms:

In our Toddler Classroom, ages 18 months to 3 years, the children are more mobile able to walk with stability, able to do things with their hands, reach higher and love to climb.

Our Montessori environment is set up so the children can accomplish things on their own.  Learning materials and toys are separated by type in baskets and on low shelves to help children choose independently and put things back in order independently.

Choosing self correcting materials and working in specific work areas, the children begin to develop a normalized community where they can work with high concentration and few interruptions.  Normalization is the process when the children move from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disordered to ordered, from distracted to focused, all through working within the environment. This happens when the children work with materials that captivate their attention over and over again.

The Montessori Method uses a carefully prepared environment with five distinct areas:

  • Practical Life: Children want to help in caring for their own environment. These are activities that children see adults do every day and want to imitate.  It can be as simple as sweeping, mopping or dusting.  Children learn the correct way to accomplish these activities giving them greater confidence.  Some Practical Life activities include dressing themselves, washing hands, putting on shoes, helping with food preparation such as spreading jam on crackers.
  • The Sensorial area enables the child to begin to classify sensory impressions in relation to color, sound, size and temperature.
  • Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to play with and internalize concepts of number, symbol, and sequence.
  • Language Arts includes oral language development, developing relationships with sound and objects, the ability to listen more carefully and the increasing interest and enjoyment of books..
  • Cultural Activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.

We encourage the significant growth of oral language in our Toddlers by modeling language correctly, teaching more vocabulary with objects and using clear and normal speaking voices.