Dr. Maria Montessori, creator of the Montessori method of Education, firmly believed that young children have incredibly absorbent minds, assimilating all that they see, hear and experience. The adult is formed through what he has absorbed through his environment. By thoughtfully planning the environment in which children live and learn each child reaches his full potential.
The Montessori Child
Like Dr. Montessori, we believe that it is important for a child to…
- be vibrantly inquisitive about new things
- acquire fine motor skills
- develop an analytical mind
- work independently
- work well with others as part of a team
- respect others
- feel purposeful and valuable
- derive satisfaction from achievements
Young children have a strong urge to become independent. Practical Life activities help them to perfect the skills they need in daily life. The children are also developing hand-eye co-ordination. Successful completion of such tasks gives children a real sense of their own achievements, and builds their self-confidence.
Children are vividly aware of the world, constantly exploring it and taking in impressions through all their senses. The sensorial materials encourage children to order and classify the physical properties of the world they live in. These activities stimulate and develop the senses, refining the child’s powers of observation, perception, exploration and communication.
Montessori mathematics materials enable even a very young child to achieve a natural appreciation of mathematical concepts. Specially designed equipment helps children to grasp concrete ideas along with the sensory experience of numbers, quantities and mathematical operations.
The children learn to express themselves. The freedom offered to the children creates numerous conversational opportunities with their peers and the adults. We emphasise the development of vocabulary based on real experiences and the early preparation required for reading and writing.
Cultural Exploration of the Broader World
The Montessori approach covers a wide range of the subjects which reflect the broad interests of the young child. It extends knowledge of art and crafts, geography, music, science and the natural world.