Dr Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy, a highly successful educator, and the founder of the Montessori method of education. From her many decades of observation and active teaching, Dr Montessori developed a philosophy of learning that has shaped many millions of educators around the world.
WHAT MAKES A MONTESSORI PRE-SCHOOL OR EARLY EDUCATION CENTRE DIFFERENT?
The Montessori method focuses on observed learning with a fully child-led philosophy.
The main idea is that when a child is introduced to a well-prepared environment, they are naturally able to learn. The Montessori method of education gives children unique opportunities to learn more thoroughly without distraction and efficiently through experience, guidance and practice. The teacher in a Montessori environment plays the role of a ‘guide’, someone who is there to offer a framework for the child’s own interests and passions. The Montessori environment provides a safe, calm, carefully designed setting for optimal learning that nurtures the physical and spiritual being.
Montessori historically has a deep-seated belief about the integration of ages, encouraging socially-led learning which is passed from older children through to the younger ages.
We encourage this interaction between our different age groups in specific ways, and you’ll find our older children passing their knowledge on to the younger children in organic and completely natural ways. We have however chosen to form our rooms around ages & stages, given that our centre is licensed for around 70 children. We also want to respect our children's learning & allow for concentration and space for our older tamaraki to learn as they need to, in preparation for the school years. Our external area will enhance further social development and strengthen the bonds between the children in our centre.
Montessori’s learning philosophy can be best broken down into these main points:
RESPECT FOR THE CHILD
Leading by example, and allowing children to express themselves in a safe, calm environment is one of the basic principles behind much of Montessori’s methodology.
THE ABSORBENT MIND
Montessori believes that all children will naturally learn, and that it is simply a case of providing them with an environment and a guide (teacher) to assist.
Recognising a child’s most receptive developmental phases is key to the Montessori learning system.
THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT
The prepared and orderly environment of a Montessori early learning centre will give freedom and creative expression to a child.
Auto-education, or self-learning, is what happens throughout a child’s early years, and on into primary school and beyond. Children continue to teach themselves: our role is simply to guide their learning as best we can.
Of course, there are many more facets to a Montessori education – we’d love to show you our centre and explain our philosophy and how we do things in more detail. So please get in touch today.