"I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method."

- Dr Maria Montessori.

What is the Montessori Approach?

Dr Maria Montessori was the first woman to qualify as a medical doctor in Italy. She opened her first school (casa dei bambini)in San Lorenzo, Italy in 1907.

 

Maria Montessori's approach to education focuses on the immense capacity of the child. Today a hundred years later her insights and approach to child developments have been enormously influential all over the world in over 150 countries to absorb information in a well prepared environment when given the freedom and independence to learn at their own pace.

 

From observing the way children learned, Montessori was able to provide tools tailored to the way children experienced the world around them. These tools known as the montessori apparatus form the core of a montessori environment today.

 

"Instead of giving out what she has in herself  the teacher must bring out the possibilities of the child". -Discovery of the Child

- Dr Maria Montessori.

The Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori philosophy is based on Dr Montessori's teachings about the holistic development of the individual child. Her approach is based on the concepts of allowing children to develop at their own pace, and to learn through meaningful experiences in their prepared environment.

 

The Montessori method is a highly hands-on approach to learning and encourages the child to self teach through discovery.

 

The Montessori classroom provides a well- prepared environment where children have the opportunities to engage in spontaneous but meaningful activities. This enables the child to develop concentration, motivation and self confidence in well structured experiences.

 

 

Montessori believed that;

 

  • Every Child has an innate sense of order

  • Every Child should be permitted free choices of activities.

  • Every Child has a love and need for occasional periods of silence in order to promote their personal independence.

These are the very essence of the Montessori philosophy.

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