The Montessori’s Philosophy is based on the dignity and spiritual worth of each child. In order to develop children’s unique potential, they must have the freedom to explore, freedom to be creative, and freedom to choose. This is achieved through order and self-discipline. The Montessori Method:
“An adult admires their environment; they can remember it and think about it; but a child absorbs it. The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul. He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear. In us the same things produce no change, but child is transformed by them.”-Maria Montessori
The carefully designed and curated environment guarantees exposure to material and experiences that help develop the child’s intelligence, as well as physical and psychological abilities. The space is planned to self motivate and to allow the child to develop their own capabilities.
A typical Montessori Classroom is characterized by mixed age groups, in which the children engage in uninterrupted blocks of work and learn by working with materials rather than through direct instruction.
Each child develops at an individual pace that is tailored to their strengths, challenges and interests, while interacting with both older and younger peers. The directress guides each child through small exercises in which the child is anticipated to succeed. Over time, the exercises increase in difficulty but because the progression is well planned, the child does not struggle in the learning process. Learning is built upon a child’s success.
Doctor Maria Montessori (August 31,1870- May 6, 1952)
Dr Maria Montessori is acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn and is the founder of the Montessori educational method. She graduated from medical school in 1896 and was among Italy’s first female physicians.
Dr Montessori developed an interest in education, attending classes in pedagogy and immersing herself in educational theory.
She opened the first Montessori school in Rome in January 6, 1907 – the “Casa dei Bambini” or “Children’s House”.
Research shows clearly that the most important period in a human being’s educational and emotional development is not, the years of high school and University or College but rather the first six years of life.