“In Montessori environment, the child develops at his or her own pace with no pressure from teachers to keep up a with others. This reinforces the child’s confidence, self-esteen & love for learning.”
What is the Montessori Method of Education?
The Montessori Method of Education is basically a unique approach to learning. Rather than “teaching” the child concepts, the sets of designed activities and materials stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate his understanding and learning capacities spontaneously with little or no adult intervention.
Where did Montessori come from?
Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Maria Montessori designed a “prepared environment with sets of materials” in which children could freely choose to learn for their development. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first casa dei bambini (“children’s house”) in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.
Dr. Maria Montessori’s focus on the “whole child” led her to develop a school that is focused on the student, rather than the teacher-centered classroom. This method came about through many years of observation of children to recognize how children learn best, what tools best aid the children in their learning, and when children learn different subject matters best. Thorough study of a child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs were used in developing the method, which had been called by top education experts as “the most developmentally appropriate model currently available.”
Montessori helps children to become self-motivated, self-disciplined, and to retain the sense of curiosity that so many children lose along the way in traditional classrooms. They tend to act with care and respect toward their environment and each other. They are able to work at their own pace and ability.
Why is enrolling a child in the middle of the semester not detrimental to a child’s education?
Montessori education allows children to work at their own pace and is individualized to their own interests. As long as the children are attending regular classes, the concept of “falling behind” does not come into play. Teachers will always to ensure the child is progressing both socially and academically.
Why choose Montessori?
- Learning is pitched at the child’s own pace.
- Montessori moves from concrete to abstract.
- Montessori facilitates a natural love for learning.
- Montessori seeks to educate the whole child.
- Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential.
- In a Montessori classroom the organization of the room allows children easy access to a variety of learning experiences.
- The materials in a Montessori classroom are carefully designed and thoroughly researched to fit the developmental needs and characteristics of children.
- The Montessori program is systematic and carefully sequenced according to principles of development
How does a Montessori education benefit children?
Experience and research both indicate that children attending Montessori schools tend to be competent, self-disciplined ,socially well adjusted, and happy.
Competence: Children in Montessori schools are often more advanced in their basic skills. Also, since the Montessori education is comprehensive; children are often exceptionally knowledgeable in a number of other areas as well.
Self Discipline: Montessori schools are well known for children’s development of self-discipline. Children choose to work long and hard. They treat materials and others with respect.
Social Adjustment: Montessori classroom is a cheerful environment where children happily help each other. It is not uncommon to see a Montessori student offer to help another child in the classroom. Also, learning social grace and courtesy are a part of the Montessori curriculum.
Children from a Montessori program are often more advanced. They like school and are usually interested in learning. Typically, they are friendly, generous, cooperative, and respectful of both property and others.