The Montessori method of education is based on the observations and discoveries of Italian physician and educational pioneer, Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952).
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained 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 children choose their activities independently and move from one to the next at their own pace. A calm, peaceful atmosphere is maintained to permit concentration for surprisingly long periods of time. The child’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by providing opportunities to engage in spontaneous and purposeful activities.
Each child is carefully observed and guided by a trained adult who presents materials incrementally as the child reaches developmental readiness. Children naturally cultivate individual work patterns, and are thus encouraged to work at their own pace. The trained adult does not teach the child, but rather puts him/her in charge of his/hers own learning through fostering his/hers exploration.
THE MONTESSORI CLASSROOM
Easily accessible and available equipment
Freedom of movement within the prepared environment and to make choices
Personal ownership, with responsibility, and respect for the environment, adults and peers
Learning from real experience and the natural environment
An aesthetically pleasing and harmonious classroom making it a joy and pleasure