The most important period of life is not the age of university
studies but the period from birth to the age of six.

-Maria Montessori

1st. Roots Montessori International School established in the twin cities of Rawalpindi / Islamabad on 10th April 1988 at 74 Harley Street, Rawalpindi Cantt. by a compassionate and visionary educationalist – A Montessorian ….Riffat Mushtaq.

She advocated Montessori Method of Education in the early years in the North of Pakistan. Each child is born with enormous potential, which, given sensitive support, will unfold, revealing the uniqueness of each human being. Dr Maria Montessori saw that children learn best by doing, and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age. The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child.

Message from

Mrs. Riffat Mushtaq

Founder / Chairperson
Roots School System

Children are the challenge and inspiration of today and are the hope, protectors and champions of the future. Only parents and teachers can pass on a legacy that destines what the world tomorrow will be.”roots” is the home of “love and joy” where each child is assisted in growing according to his natural design.

We believe while no child is exactly like another, for each the level of achievement can be raised, aspirations stirred, potential talents discovered and developed so that he can find his own worth and dignity and feel the thrill of success.

Our main goal in education is to provide an environment where each child aspires for excellence in all fields of life. To succeed in achieving the desired goal, we would need not only the devotion and dedication of the teachers, but also the total commitment of the taught, as well as the fullest cooperation of the parents.

Our environment allows each child to experience the excitement and joy of learning. We strive to help them to perfect their natural tools for learning so that their potential is uncovered to the maximum.

We enjoy working closely with pre-school aged children. In a specially prepared environment, the children participate in activities that allow them to grow and develop at their own pace. We help the children to develop themselves in a prepared montessori environment which has a variety of choices for the young to choose from and work independently. Thus he learns every thing without knowing that he is learning. Qualified montessori directresses direct the children’s energies into constructive channels by guiding them with love, encouragement and affirmation so that they may develop the fullness of their own individual human potential through independence, inner discipline and discovery.

We hope that the time your child spends here will be both enjoyable and profitable. We look forward to a happy and successful association over the coming years, as we welcome parental involvement and encourage participation in the life of the school.

Principles of the Montessori Approach

  • Every child is a unique person with creative potential, the drive to learn and the right to be treated with respect as an individual.
  • As children are profoundly affected by society and their immediate surroundings, we create an environment in harmony with the child’s natural development.
  • Children must be given freedom to work and move around, within guidelines that enable them to see themselves as both independent and part of a group.
  • Montessori materials help children to explore and master their environment through activities which aid the development of the whole personality.
  • Children are encouraged to work at their own pace, either individually or in co-operation with others.
  • Children are carefully observed on a regular basis, both individually and as a
    group, to assist their full development.

Areas of Learning


The child moves freely around a Montessori classroom talking to other children, working with any equipment he chooses or asking the teacher to introduce a new material.

Practical Life

Young children have a strong urge to become independent. Practical life activities help tem to perfect the skills they need in daily life. Whilst learning essential life skills, the children are also developing hand-eye co-ordination and the

capacity to focus their attention for an activity. Successful completion of such tasks give children a real sense of their own achievement, and this builds their self-confidence.


Social Awareness

Through freedom and movement and Montessori exercises for the care of the environment, care of self and development of social skills, the child is helped towards social awareness.

Sensorial Exploration

Children are aware of a world, constantly exploring it and taking in impressions through all their senses. The sensorial materials encourage children to order and classify the physical properties of the world they live in. These activities stimulate and develop the senses, refining children’s powers of observation, perception, exploration and communication.

Natural Environment

Experience of the natural environment helps the child achieve harmony with it. It also contributes to the child’s spiritual growth. The child should grow up close to nature.


Montessori Mathematics materials enable even a very young child to achieve a natural appreciation of mathematical concepts through his or her own efforts. This avoids the mental blocks which so often occur in children faced with purely abstract concepts. Specially designed equipment helps children to grasp concrete ideas along with the sensory experience of numbers, quantities and mathematical operations. Gradually children can move confidently to complete abstract mathematical problems.


The environment should be aesthetically pleasing and simple to the eye.

Language Materials

Help the child develop the language skills which are listening, speaking, reading and writing. First through the sand paper letters, the child learns both the sounds and shapes of the letters. Then he listens for the sounds in words and begins to build them using the Montessori movable alphabet. The phonic approach is used in the Montessori method. The child is taught to read after careful preparation and when he shows he is ready, he succeeds and finds reading an enjoyable activity. Furthermore, while the child is absorbing his own language in the Montessori method, he is exposed to games and activities which introduce him to the correct use of grammar. This approach helps lay sound foundation for the future.

Cultural Exploration of the World Around

The Montessori approach covers a wide range of subjects which reflect the broad interests of young children. The Montessori environment stimulates these interests and extends knowledge and understanding of art and crafts, geography, history, music, science and the natural world. Cultures from around the world are explored and celebrated.

Pearson | Edexcel
Our Learning Partner
Roots International Early Years Integrated Programme

Learning to be: Roots is the pioneer in adopting new strategies/approaches from the world of education! We are delighted to announce another 1st in the Early Years by adopting the newly designed Early Years Curriculum by Pearson Edexcel International World’s renowned awarding organization offering qualifications from Early Years to IGCSE/ A-levels.  Roots launches the 1st Early Years Programme in its schools nationwide. We have introduced Pearson| Edexcel International Early Years Integrated Programme as an extended qualification alongside other best practices, pedagogies, and approaches. Our school is benchmarked as an Approved Centre for Pearson Edexcel International Early Years Programme for this extended qualification.


Pearson| Edexcel International Early Years Integrated Programme- PEIEYIP covers the two years certification in PEIEYIP Level 1– Junior Montessori & PEIEYIP Level 2-Advance Montessori. Our widely researched Early Years International Programme is blended with the best approaches being practiced around the world. Our Early Years Programme and its age-appropriate integrated themes are following best practices and global trends to fulfil the needs of 21st-century learners. We at Roots fully support children’s learning and development at their own natural pace without stress as we believe each child is Unique and hence will develop gradually in an environment which stimulates his natural interests through Exploration, Exposure & Expansion. Research has shown that children learn best when steered by their own interest.
Young children are amazing learners as they develop new skills and vocabulary by hearing and watching meaningful context that often includes story illustrations or a speaker’s gesture. They enjoy narrating their own personal experiences as well as what they perceive in their imagination. Through listening activities, pretend plays, storytelling, and puppetry. Kids absorb all that they hear and see instantly. Together, Early childhood educators and professionals are working towards Advancing Equity and are Embracing Diversity in Early Childhood Education. At Roots we provide age- appropriate stimulating school environment which stimulates their curiosity and inquisitiveness to explore and experience with hands on activities. Our High-Scope Early Years Education plays a significant role in promoting children’s development – both cognitively and socially. In our schools there is a correlation between achievement and learning outcomes at age 5 and later GCSE results – and by extension, later achievement as well. Our Early Years Schooling is where students learn how to learn, how to interact with the world – and with others – in a supportive environment. We are working together with international schools around the world to make a positive difference to learners’ lives and we believe the best part of working in education is seeing the learner’s progress. That’s our inspiration behind our school services, LET’S Take this pride to MAKE DIFFERENCE, TOGETHER as partners in the lives of our children.

General Information - Admission

Children are admitted in the Play group on first come first serve basis as seats are limited; However, admission in Montessori classes is open throughout the year to fill in any vacancy. A child can be admitted from the age 21/2 to 5 years. Admissions will be granted, subject to clearing interviews. For Montessori classes an informal assessment is taken combined with an interview with the parents. At registration an appointment is given for the parents to meet with the In-charge of the section. The child is assessed in an informal environment separately. Both parents must be present at the time of the interview failing which the application may be cancelled.

  • Application for admissions is taken on prescribed school form.
  • Registration does not in any way confirm or guarantee admission. It means recording the name of the child for the purposes of admission subject to getting through an informal assessment and interview and subject to a vacancy being available.
  • The class for which a child is to be assessed is determined according to his/her age at the time of interview and not according to the age put down at registration.
  • The decision of the school cannot be challenged in any way and will be absolutely final.
  • The registration for Montessori starts from the first week of August every year.

Completion Of Formalities For Admission

  1. On the successful completion of assessment and interview you will be issued the
    Admission Form Pack – AFP 001
  2. Admission formalities should be completed no later than the date given in the letter, failure to do so will result in cancellation of the admission and the vacancy will be offered to the next candidate on the waiting list.
  3. Original birth certificate must be produced at the time of completion of formalities. Photocopy of the Birth Certificate will be required for retention in school records. Four passport size photographs should be submitted along with the admission form.
  4. All information sought on the school form should be factual and correct as it cannot be changed or modified later. After completing the admission form pack, you will be issued, a fee bill to be deposited in the designated Bank. The admission officer will facilitate you in the completion of the admission formalities.