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.
Dr Montessori 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 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.
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.