The Montessori Method of Education, developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori’s method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world.
The Montessori method views the child as the one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Although a range of practices exist under the name “Montessori”, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential:
Learning that reflects real-life
Montessori learning environments are mini communities of mixed age children. The younger children learn from the older ones, while the older children get to practice their skills by teaching the younger ones. A broad range of academic and social skills are acquired in a safe, nurturing and harmonious atmosphere, where the teachers view each child as an individual with unlimited potential, rather than a one member of a group of similar peers.
Learning beyond the classroom
We believe that children construct their personalities from their interactions with their environment. The more children interact with their environment the happier and more fulfilled they will be. For this reason Montessori learning environments are both indoor and outdoor, they incorporate activities that reflect real life, and all the activities are designed to be attractive, interesting and appealing to the senses. The Montessori approach to learning is set apart from conventional education which doesn’t give much importance to the learning environment, and tends to control and restrict children’s freedom, movement and interactions with their surroundings.
Freedom with limits & strong community focus
The Montessori approach to learning gives children freedom with limits. Children in Montessori schools learn that freedom comes with responsibility to the community. Each child makes an equal contribution to maintaining order, structure and harmony. This is very different to conventional education settings where the teacher is at the centre of the class maintaining order, discipline and control by using their authority over the environment.
Independence and freedom.
Montessori education is founded on some very simple principles that resonate with parents of small children. One of the central ideas is that children enjoy learning more when they are given the independence and freedom to explore in their own way and at their own pace.
Designed around the child.
The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe and it is designed to accumulate knowledge from even before the child is born. Learning is the child’s primary motivation in the early years, and for this reason the entire Montessori system is based on the child’s innate desire to learn with the fewest obstacles and limitations.
We help children get a sense of independence all the way through their journey in school. They can follow their interests, let their curiosity guide them and do things their own way. Montessori learning environments use freedom + responsibility to develop the ‘whole child’: socially, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and physically.