What is Montessori

What is Montessori

The Montessori method of education is a way of working with children that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. It quickly became the world’s largest education movement and this way of working with children is just as relevant today as it was in its inception. The philosophy is based on the belief that a child’s early years (from birth to six) are the period where the greatest academic and social learning potential exists and it encourages children to be independent, self-confident learners through choosing their own work. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that treating children with respect would inspire and empower them to create a better world once they reach adulthood.

 

The Montessori method is a mastery-based curriculum that encourages each child to develop into a capable, kind, caring and thoughtful person who is not afraid to act independently. A child can use their own senses to discover the world first-hand; learning and growing at their own pace, supported by trained Montessori Guides. Children develop the ability to concentrate on tasks and see them through in a logical way and consequently they learn to read and write with ease and develop an understanding of mathematics through exploration of concepts in concrete form. There is ample opportunity for exploration of the world, including the animals, people and plants.  Furthermore, children express themselves freely through music, drama and art.