By: admin at Sep, 09, 2011

Montessori schools are named after Dr. Montessori, an Italian medical doctor and educator. She developed her own unique educational method of teaching known as the “Montessori Method”.

What is the Montessori Method?

It is a system of education based on the child’s developmental needs for freedom within limits, as well as a carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences. It is designed to take full advantage of the child’s desire to learn along with their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.

What makes Montessori education so unique?

The whole child approach: Activities promote the development of social, emotional, physical skills as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual and academic endeavours.

Montessori Materials

Dr. Montessori’s observations of the kind of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to facilitate learning.

Specific Goals for Children Attending a Montessori Centre

– Develop a positive attitude towards school and the love of learning.
– Help each child develop self-confidence.
– Assist each child in building habits of concentration.
– Foster an abiding curiosity.
– Develop habits of initiative and persistence.
– Foster inner security and a sense of order within the child.

A Montessori environment also teaches children an “I can do it myself” attitude that will ensure their future success in all aspects of their life.

Characteristics of a Montessori Classroom

– Three year age span of the children in the class.
– Self-correcting materials.
– Children are quiet by choice.
– Individual learning.
– Children working in distinct work areas, on tables or on rugs on the floor.
– An emphasis on concrete learning rather than abstract learning.
– Child-centred.
– Children work for the joy of working and a sense of discovery.
– An environment prepared for the children.
– An environment that provides a natural sense of discipline.
– The teacher plays an unobtrusive role in the classroom.

The items found on the shelves are “material” rather than toys. The children “work” rather than play. This allows the children to gain the most benefit from the environment by giving them a sense of worth, similar to what an adult experiences as they go to their jobs and do their own work.