Early Years

4,5 – 6 years

The passage from the first to the second plane can best be expressed by saying that the child passes from a material, sensorial plane to an abstract one. The first being essentially motor and sensorial; the second essentially moral and intellectual.

Dr Maria Montessori

A Bridge Between Kindergarten and School

Welcome to Discover Montessori School, where the joy of learning flourishes within the context of the International Baccalaureate Early Years in the Primary Programme (IB Early Years in the PYP) and the Montessori approach, placing the child at the centre. Our unique educational concept offers a supportive and stimulating environment that fosters not only academic achievements but also the comprehensive development and support of young children’s unique potential as they prepare for school.

Exploration and Questioning the World Around

At Discover Montessori School, we value our preschool learners’ vibrant and curious minds. Our early years program is built around the dynamic and holistic IB Early Years PYP approach to education, which promotes cognitive and socio-emotional development through holistic methods. This approach facilitates learning through discovery and respects and supports the natural curiosity that drives young learners to explore and question the world around them.

Freedom and Responsibility for Great Work

In our supportive community, children’s natural tendencies toward exploration are met with enthusiasm and encouragement. By recognising them as the true architects of their educational journey, we provide a nurturing space that values their current experiences and future potential. This allows them to express themselves creatively and develop their unique capabilities through diverse activities. Engagement in play not only enhances their cognitive flexibility and imagination but also equips them to face new challenges and seize opportunities with confidence and joy.

Individualised Learning and Group Projects

At Discover Montessori School, learning is a holistic experience that emphasises not just academic skills but also our children’s overall well-being and emotional growth. The journey is as exhilarating as the destination in our learning environment, ensuring our young learners grow into knowledgeable, compassionate, and proactive members of the primary years community.

Lifelong Love of Learning

At our school, every child is a curious, capable young learner who thrives under gentle guidance and the freedom to explore their interests. Our program marries the structure and global perspective of the IB PYP with the Montessori approach, fostering independent thinking, self-discipline, and a lifelong love of learning.

Transdisciplinary Framework

Our transdisciplinary framework harmoniously integrates local and global contexts, making learning meaningful and engaging. We encourage our youngest students to immerse themselves in at least four of the six transdisciplinary themes, exploring them through games and creative activities where hands and minds work together. These themes include: Who We Are?, Where We Are in Place and Time?, How We Express Ourselves?, How the World Works?, How We Organise Ourselves?, Sharing the Planet. This exploration is enriched by both adult-initiated and student-initiated activities, creating a balanced environment where children thrive at their own pace.

Bilingual Education

Our bilingual preschool class is a vibrant learning space where children engage in both independent activities and guided small-group investigations. Under the IB PYP framework, children explore six transdisciplinary themes that connect learning to the real world. 

Holistic Learning Environment

The developmental learning environment supports progress in knowledge and developing social, cultural, and emotional skills. Our preschool classrooms are designed as inviting spaces that encourage young learners to engage in large-scale activities in collaboration with others. A wealth of resources and materials, tangible abstractions, provide the tools for individualised learning, allowing children to develop at their own pace and enhance their skills guided by their interests. Preschool children learn about the world and how they can contribute positively.

Preparation for Primary Years

At Discover Montessori School, we prepare children for their primary years by fostering language and mathematical skills, and a deep connection with nature, along with developing their creative and temporal understanding. Our bilingual approach enriches children’s vocabulary and expression in Bulgarian and English, using a variety of storytelling and structured language activities that segue from oral to written forms, nurturing an early love for reading. Mathematical concepts are introduced through sensory activities that build a robust foundation in numbers and the decimal system, encouraging children to explore at their own pace. Outdoor learning removes the barriers between the classroom and the natural world, allowing children to engage directly with environmental and scientific concepts. Our curriculum integrates music, dance, and art seamlessly into daily activities, supporting expressive development. A strong emphasis is placed on developing independence and social skills through group work and discussions, fostering a sense of responsibility and self-regulation as children prepare for the next stages of their educational journey.

Join Our Community

At Discover Montessori School, we believe in strong community ties and active parental involvement. We invite parents to participate in various school activities, understanding that collaboration between home and school enriches the educational experience for our children.

Embark on a transformative journey with Discover Montessori School, where your child will prepare for the academic challenges of the future and grow into a responsible, compassionate global citizen.

Schedule a visit today to see our unique approach and meet our dedicated team of educators.

I am happy my children have been members of the Discover community for the last six years because every day they learn from a perspective different from what traditional education offers. At Discover Montessori School, my children have the opportunity to grow up as free individuals who are learning to be responsible for themselves, others and the surrounding environment by following their inner potential.

Denitsa, mother of Bojidara – 10 yrs old and Kristian – 6 yrs old

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We invite you to visit us and meet our team before submitting your Registration for enrolment.

Tuitions

Tuitions of Otkrivatel Children’s House are revised on an annual basis.

Enrolment

Upon admission, there is an enrollment fee in the amount of 500 euro. This is a one-time enrolment administration fee and is non-refundable. It covers costs for the administrative work and the provision of resources for the child’s reception procedure.

Annual tuition

The tuition includes:

  • Developmental support according to international standards for Montessori education and Bulgarian state requirements.
  • Bespoke individualised program responding to the personal needs of the child.
  • English language learning through a bilingual program conducted by native English teachers.
  • Etiquette and social skills training.
  • Extra activities for children in the “Toddler” community (14 months – 3 years): yoga, theatre club, music.
  • Extra activities for children in the “Children’s House” community (3-6 years): yoga, theatre club, music, arts and crafts.
  • Pedagogical care by 5:00 pm.
  • Meals (5 times a day: morning breakfast, snack – fruits and vegetables, lunch, second snack – fruits and vegetables, afternoon snack).
  • Visiting theatre/music performances, museum or gallery activities, and Sofia’s architectural and natural attractions.
  • Medical professional attention – morning check, first aid, prevention measures.
  • Annual “Accident” insurance.

Extracurricular activities, which require additional payment:

  • Sports (swimming, sport/modern dancing, Spanish language class).
  • Ski school and camps (for children over 4 years old).
  • Activities with a speech therapist.
  • Excursions and educational activities outside Sofia (horse riding, visiting a farm, activity in an agricultural yard, hiking and tourist routes, etc.).

Annual Tuition:

Community Age One payment Two installments Monthly payments
„Toddlers“ 14 months – 3 years 9 400 2 х 4 700 1 х 2 400 10 х 700
„Children’s house“ 3 – 6 years 9 200 2 х 4 600 1 х 2 600 10 х 660

The academic year is 12 months in the period September 1 – August 31, with 1 month of summer holiday included at the choice of each family in June, July or August.

Terms of payment:

1 payment
by 1st June
2 payments
by 1st June and 1st of September
11 monthly payments
from September till July

Deposit

A deposit of 15% of the tuition is payable upon signing the educational contract. The deposit guarantees the child’s place in the program and is refunded from the first paid instalment of the tuition for the academic year.

Discounts

Signing a 3-year training contract provides a 5% discount. For a second child in the family, a 5% discount is applied to their annual tuition fee. For a third child and twins in the family, a 7% discount is applied to his annual tuition fee.

Learning resources

The learning resources fee is paid once for the entire academic year. It includes the cost of learning and support materials, all materials for arts, constructive activities, and child-led activities. The value is determined for each academic year. In the academic year 2024/2025, the learning resources fee is 400 euros.

Extended day

In response to the needs of working parents, a child may be enrolled in Extended School Day from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It includes the value of the activities and materials during the Extended day. The value is determined for each academic year. For the academic year 2024/2025, the Extended Day fee is 1 500 euro. The fee is annual and can be paid once or in three equal instalments of 500 euro before the beginning of each term – autumn (September 15 – February 1), spring (February 1 – June 15), summer (June 15 – September 15).

Transport

The service is offered for children who have reached the age of 3, according to the schedule of the students of Otkrivatel Montessori School (from 15.09. to 15.06.). A subcontractor performs the service, and a transport fee is charged in addition to the tuition. The transport fee for the academic year 2024/2025 is 2 500 euros and can be paid once or in two instalments before the beginning of each term – September and January. If the transport is used in one direction only, a discount of 35% of the price is used. If there is a second child from one address, a discount of 60% of the price is applied.

All figures are in euro.

For more information, please contact us: hello@montessorischools.bg