About Simone Davies
The youngest children are so capable and the child’s personality is laid down in the first six years of life. My own family has benefited enormously from giving our children the skills of independence, love, respect, and limitless understanding, and I want to share this with children and their families here in Amsterdam.”
– Simone Davies, directress of Jacaranda Tree Montessori
Welcome to Jacaranda Tree Montessori. I’m Simone and I love working with families who are looking to bring Montessori into their homes and their daily life.
I show parents and caregivers how to support their child while allowing the child’s independence. I help them deal with the struggles of raising children, while getting more peace back in their lives.
And the kids love to have activities set up just for their age, that they can practise and master, building independence and a stronger sense of self along the way.
I not only help bring out the best in children, but their parents too. I make Montessori accessible for anyone and will help you too.
I have been working as an AMI-qualified Montessori teacher since 2004, working with both young children and their families and I have raised two young adults who attended Montessori school from 1.5 to 12 years old.
I am the author of The Montessori Toddler and co-author of The Montessori Baby and The Montessori Child. With more than 200,000 copies in print, I am so pleased these books are having a life of their own and helping to spread Montessori into more homes around the world.
When I’m not working, I enjoy yoga, walking through the city, meeting up with friends, and heading out to nature (beaches are my favourite in the off season!). When I remember to stop, I like sitting on the front steps to our home to read a book or knit with a cup of herbal tea. My weakness is traveling – a simple spot in the Dutch countryside, taking a train to another European city, or visiting my family once every two years back in Sydney. And when my children are home visiting, my heart is full.
I look forward to working with your child and your family.
“The Montessori teacher is called a ‘director’ or ‘directress’ because we guide the child and do individual presentations based on our observations, rather than from a prepared curriculum.”
Inclusion at Jacaranda Tree Montessori
We believe in making our classes inclusive for all families regardless of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion and abilities. Everyone is welcome and should feel safe in our space.
Please help us to create an environment which affirms all families, including your own. If you wish to bring a book, contribute to our family culture basket, or to teach us about a special part of your lives, you are welcome to contact Simone to see when we can arrange it.
There is a lift available to access our classroom.
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