“Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela
The Montessori approach is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It was developed and innovated by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century.
She believed that everyone learns differently, and at their own pace. She created a new type of classroom, also known as the prepared environment, to accommodate and stimulate the individual interests of her students.
In a Montessori prepared environment, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
The Montessori method has successfully been practised for over a century. Here, at Jade Drive, we are proud to recognise and carry on that tradition along with a modern approach catering to today’s society.
The basic idea of The Montessori method is that education is the process by which we assist the child in unlocking his or her unique potential.
What makes Montessori so relevant today is that it prepares your child for real-world experiences.
The Montessori teacher plays an essential role in the Montessori environment. The teacher is sometimes called a guide in the Montessori philosophy, and her part is more observational than what might be considered traditional and typical.
Your child will learn at his own pace and how he wishes to learn. Our teachers do not guide our students to learn certain things but allow them to make the choices themselves with added support.
To grasp the essence of Montessori education, have a step inside a classroom. When a child first enters a Montessori environment, there is an immediate emotional moment when they realise that this place is for them.
Montessori classrooms are beautifully, thoughtfully, and meticulously arranged environments designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range.
Dr. Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions, and much much more.
Every material in a Montessori classroom supports an aspect of your child’s development, creating a match between your child’s natural interests and the available activities.
There is no focal centre to the classroom; this reflects that the teacher is not the focus of the children’s attention, but that they are all one community together.
All items in the environment are scaled to the size of a child, including furniture, shelves, utensils, dishware, cleaning tools and the Montessori materials themselves.
Children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace, independently and freely. Their movement is unrestricted by the teacher unless it endangers themselves, other people, or their surroundings.
Outdoor environments are important in Montessori schools and offer opportunities to engage with the natural world.
Fostering an appreciation for nature is a cornerstone of Montessori teachings. Dr. Montessori was a strong advocate of integrating nature into the daily learning plan of all students.
She believed that “there must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.”
The natural environment must not be treated as a separate entity from the physical classroom. Rather, it should be an extension of Montessori's structured environment.